What do NDCs need to succeed? Energy efficiency!

Start/Stop Date:
12 Nov 2016
Room 2 Green Zone
Focus Areas:
Address the challenge of meeting the growing demand for cooling and refrigeration while minimizing stress on electricity grids and the environment.
Type of Event:

An IPEEC-AOB Group side event at COP22 –
12 November 2016, 13.00 – 14.30, room 2 Green Zone

To meet the Paris Agreement’s ambitious reduction targets, countries need to significantly increase their energy efficiency efforts, and rapidly peak their energy consumption. Energy efficiency represents the most sustainable, cost-effective, and accessible way to do so. It also provides a range of other important social and environmental co-benefits. Paradoxically, while many countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) reference energy efficiency, most lack clear commitments that recognize this huge potential, and energy efficiency’s key role in achieving their goals.

Yet, at the international, national and local level, various initiatives are being successfully led by governments, businesses, and other organisations, across all sectors. From international engagement in high-level political forum (such as the G20), country-to-country best practice sharing through international organisations (such as the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, the International Energy Agency, the UN Environment-Global Environment Facility’s United for Efficiency initiative – U4E), to in-country actions (such as the U4E national GEF projects, the GIZ Green Cooling Initiative, the Clean Energy Ministerial’s initiatives and campaigns promoting energy-efficient appliances), the results are there. Building on these, more needs to be done to achieve the NDCs.

As Governments gather in Marrakech to move towards implementation of the Paris Agreement, this session will highlight specific initiatives and resources that countries can use to scale up their energy efficiency ambitions to achieve their NDCs, as well as philanthropic commitments to support improvements in energy efficiency.

Between the Paris Climate Agreement and the recent agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, policy makers and program managers now need the tools and information to realize the transition to energy efficient, climate friendly and affordable products, in particular for cooling and refrigeration. This session will present specific examples of how governments, industry and organizations are working together to address the challenge of meeting the growing demand for cooling and refrigeration while minimizing stress on electricity grids and the environment.

For more information and to register, please send your details tojurei.yada@ipeec.org


13.00-13.30 Why energy efficiency is fundamental: setting the scene

  • Benoit Lebot (IPEEC)
  • Said Mouline (ADEREE, Morocco
  • Dai Yande (NDRC China)
  • Melanie Slade (IEA)

13.30 - 14.30 Concrete solutions: promoting energy efficiency in traded goods

  • Perspectives from UN Environment, Climate Works, the United States Department of Energy, U4E and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

14.15-14.30 Moderated discussion