Europe’s key to deliver on the Climate Agreement: Energy efficiency and reduction of demand

24 November 2016 - Scotland House, Brussels

Scope of seminar
The 2015 Paris climate change agreement has set a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and the aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Energy efficiency is a key mitigation instrument. But efficiency alone will not be sufficient to reach this goal. We also need to look beyond efficiency improvements towards how we can reduce absolute energy demand.

The IEA's new Energy Efficiency Market Report points to a path forward. The decoupling from growth and energy use is strong and the link between energy prices and energy efficiency has become weaker. The conclusion: energy efficiency policy matters and delivers. The newly released IEA World Energy Outlook also underscores this message.

The European Commission has announced it will release its energy policy package on 30 November. What is needed on the EU level, and how is Europe doing on energy efficiency?

Speakers and presentations

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    Joanne Wade, eceee: Energy sufficiency – establishing radical policies to achieve absolute savings. Presentation of eceee's new three-year project on energy efficiency and energy sufficiency.
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    Tyler Bryant, IEA: Global progress on energy efficiency policies, investment and benefits and the outlook after Paris. The first-Brussels presentation of the IEA 2016 Energy Efficiency Market Report and highlights from the fresh off-the-press 2016 World Energy Outlook
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    Yves Marignac, French NegaWatt Association. The role of energy sufficiency towards 100% renewables: the négaWatt scenario for France.
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    Paul Hodson, European Commission DG-Energy, Head of Energy Efficiency. Energy efficiency – how is Europe doing?
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          Note: The seminar was organised by eceee within the IEE-funded Energy Efficiency Watch 3 with support from the KR Foundation.

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