Benoit Lebot (Moderator)
Executive Director, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), France
President, Alliance to Save Energy, USA
Senior Adviser – Programme Manager Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policy Alignment Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Divisions International Energy Agency
Dr. Hans-Jörn Weddige
Group Coordinator Energy, Environment and Climate Policies, thyssenkrupp AG, Germany
Dr Ulrika Wising
Head of Section, Sustainable Energy Use Europe, DNV GL
Dr. Nicholas Howarth
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Saudi-Arabia
Dr. Griffin M. Thompson
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, Department of State, USA
Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Algeria
This forum is dedicated to discussing what could be an optimal framework for profitable investment with a view to enhancing energy efficiency in industry. Alongside the benefits and disadvantages of administratively-imposed energy saving obligations vs. self-commitment of companies, it shall ask if “efficiency first” can be a guiding principle for cost-effective energy transition policy. Against this background, the importance of energy productivity will also be discussed.
In terms of financing investments in energy efficiency, participants will be asked to contribute their opinions on the significance of energy contracting for companies and the necessary preconditions for this. In addition, the benefits and drawbacks of other mechanisms and financing options (e.g. funds, promotion programmes, tax refunds) shall be examined.
Finally, the future of efficiency also has to do with innovative ideas and technological developments. Guided by the terms digitalisation and Industry 4.0, panelists will discuss which innovative technologies may change energy consumption in industries, and how they can do so. The first-hand views of a company will enrich the discussion and will help to examine the viability of political measures in the real-world economy.