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Voluntary agreements on industrial energy efficiency: key success factors and best practice designs

Arranged by Tractebel Engie in cooperation with IPEEC and UNIDO

Tuesday 12 June, 16.30–18.30

No registration needed, open for conference participants.

Voluntary agreements are one of the most widely spread policy instruments to stimulate energy efficiency in the industry. Voluntary agreements are essentially contracts between the industry and the government, in which the former commits to energy efficiency targets and/or actions in return for some compensation by the latter. Since its first implementation in 1975, voluntary agreements have implemented in many countries in several continents, including the Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. However, despite its abundancy, no two voluntary agreements are alike, as their design differs from one country to another.

This side-event brings experts on voluntary agreements from different countries together to discuss two main questions:

  1. Can voluntary agreements continue to stimulate industrial energy efficiency in the next decade as they have done in the previous decades? If so, under what conditions do they deliver?
  2. Does the variation in design and experience across the different countries reveal a best practice design? If so, what are the key success factors for an effective and cost-efficient voluntary agreement?

The output of this side-event will help countries to select a best practice design of new voluntary agreements or to optimise the design of existing ones.



Welcome address


Short introduction of the organising parties
Critical notes on voluntary agreements (VAs): are they capable for delivering for the Paris Agreements?

Presented by: Marco Matteini (UNIDO), Jurei Yada (IPEEC), Stéphane Palmaerts (Tractebel) and Jurei Yada (IPEEC)


Introduction to voluntary agreements

Short history
Introduction to the two core questions
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Presented by: Erwin Cornelis (Tractebel)


Discussion on the future of voluntary agreements

Conditions to continue VAs as provided by the scientific literature
Testimony of a country (one or more) that recently has started/renewed a voluntary agreement – what was their motivation?
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Testimony of a country considering the implementation of voluntary agreements
Discussion with the audience
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Presented by: Erwin Cornelis (Tractebel), Jette Vejen Ellegaard (Energy Agency Denmark), and Mr. Sergiy Savchuk, Head at State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine


Discussion on the design of voluntary agreements

List of key success factors of VAs as provided by the scientific literature
Testimonies on how countries have designed their voluntary agreement – what was their motivation: Sweden and Finland
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Energy Efficiency networks: the new unique selling proposition of voluntary agreements?
Discussion with the audience
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Presented by: Erwin Cornelis (Tractebel), Thomas Björkman (Swedish Energy Agency), Heikki Väisanen (Energy Authority, Finland) and Antoine Durand (Fraunhofer ISI)


Concluding remarks

Presented by: Marco Matteini (UNIDO), Jurei Yada (IPEEC), and Erwin Cornelis (Tractebel).

"New ideas, new contacts, rewarding ..."

"... many thought-provoking concepts introduced and good sharing of ideas."

"Excellent training and education facility."

Participants on the previous Industrial Efficiency events.

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