The Second Annual Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum
Energy productivity in manufacturing, the digital economy, regional cooperation, the cost reduction opportunities of whole building retrofits and a range of other topics were under discussion at the second annual Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum, held in Monaco on 10 and 11 May.
The event, organized by the Climate Group, The Prince Albert the Second of Monaco Foundation and Johnson Controls, brought together leading experts and stakeholders in the realm of energy efficiency and beyond. Representatives from private companies and trade associations, NGOs, foundations, banks, the media and a variety of other organizations discussed ways to realize immediate and smart action on energy efficiency.
Among the notable speakers at this year’s Forum were Prince Albert II of Monaco, Tony Malkin, owner of the Empire State Building, and Eric Besson, French Minister for Energy and Industry, and Alain Hubert, international climate change expert and founder of the International Polar Foundation.
Speaking at the close of the event, Iain Campbell, Vice President and General Manager for Global Energy and Workplace Solutions at Johnson Controls, emphasized the urgency of action given the dramatic impacts of climate change. Mr. Campbell made his comments directly after a stirring presentation by Alain Hubert.
“We know that energy efficiency provides us one of the best opportunities to reduce energy usage and ultimately reduce our impact on climate change”, Campbell said, adding that two-thirds of building energy consumption can be reduced using existing technologies at favorable net present value, meaning in an economically beneficial way. Despite the high potential of energy and carbon savings in the built environment, Campbell also emphasized that there is no single solution: an integrated approach – combining policy, funding, technology, business models and communication – is necessary in order to create meaningful change.
Mr. Campbell closed the 2011 Forum with a call to urgent action: “Every day lost is a missed opportunity to increase energy efficiency. I urge you all to take all that you have learned at this year’s Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum to become not just an advocate for change but to get actively engaged in creating repeatable examples of change.”