Keynote: Maria van der Hoeven, IEA’s Executive Director
Maria van der Hoeven
Executive Director, IEA — Energy Efficiency: Quantifying the Multiple Benefits
The traditional focus on energy savings as the main goal of energy efficiency policy has, at times, led to an underestimation of the full value of energy efficiency in both national and global economies. Recent research reveals that energy efficiency brings multiple benefits, supporting strategic objectives for economic and social development, enhancing the sustainability of the energy system, promoting environmental sustainability and building wealth. The International Energy Agency has completed a two-year research program investigating the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, with collaboration from over 300 international experts. The results are presented in a full-length publication which demonstrates how the various impacts of energy efficiency can be measured and quantified using a multiple benefits approach. This work repositions energy efficiency as a mainstream tool for economic and social development, and has the potential to initiate a step-change in the uptake of energy efficiency opportunities in the market. Ms. van der Hoeven will officially launch the IEA publication, entitled “the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency: Measuring the Positive Impacts”, at the opening plenary of the 2014 IEPEC Conference.
International Energy Policies & Programmes Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC)
Conference September 9 – 11, 2014
575 € 16 May–15 August 22
675 € after 23 August
Connecting Evaluators and Implementers of Low Carbon Policies and Programmes
Policies and programmes for increased energy efficiency, energy savings and reduction of GHG emissions are ranked as top priorities by EU, IEA and UN to help the world face the critical issues of climate change and resource conservation. The increasing focus on energy policy and programmes has resulted in more challenging objectives and growing investment. There is therefore a need to improve the assessment of potential and actual impacts and to really understand what works and what does not. That’s why high-quality evaluation practices are essential: to overcome the barrier due to the lack of confidence in the results, and to foster experience sharing.
From IEPEC to IEPPEC (International Energy Policy and Programme Evaluation Conference)
The North American IEPEC (International Energy Program Evaluation Conference) has organized conferences since the 1983 on alternate years. It has become a key event for the evaluation community and peer reviewed proceeding, with thousands of papers, form a rich knowledge base freely available at www.iepec.org.
IEPPEC Adds focus on policy to its name?
Since 2010, two conferences have been held in Europe in 2010 (Paris) and 2012 (Rome) with support of IEPEC. The 2014 edition will be managed by an European association, sister organization of IEPEC. Due to the broader scope of evaluation and especially the focus on policies, the name has been changed to International Energy Policies & Programmes Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC).
IEPPEC is an international and professional conference for policy makers, programme implementers, evaluators, researchers and more generally for anyone interested in evaluation issues related to energy efficiency and low carbon policies and programmes.
Our Purpose: Cost Effective and Process Efficient Energy Without GHG
The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for the presentation, critique and discussion of objective evaluations, as well as for experience sharing about evaluation practices. The conference aims at gathering new ideas, inputs for current and upcoming debates, experience feedback and lessons learnt about all the stages of evaluations (preparation, realisation, analysis of results, evaluation use).
The primary focus is on evaluations of energy efficiency policies and programmes. It is also open to inputs from evaluations related to low carbon or sustainability policies and programmes (e.g., renewable energy generation, transport, waste management, water, food production, etc.), in particular when these other fields have interactions with energy efficiency.
Our International Conference in Facts & Figures
The two previous conferences in Paris (2010) and Rome (2012) each attracted between 100 and 150 participants, from nearly 25 countries. The participants mostly came from Europe and North America, but they also came from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea and South Africa. This proves the true international dimension of the conference. Indeed, the conference especially strengthens the exchange between the European and the well-established North-American communities, but also with experts from all over the world. In parallel, these two conferences have resulted in proceedings amounting to nearly 200 peer-reviewed papers, that have joined the IEPEC database and can be accessed at www.iepec.org.
How Does this Conference Happen? With Your Participation
The conference is organized on a volunteer basis, through a non-profit organization. The 2010 and 2012 editions were managed thanks to the support of the IEPEC North American association. The 2014 event is now managed by an European association to ensure the sustainability of the conference in Europe.
The conference is only possible thanks to two main types of contributions:
1) volunteers taking part in the preparation of the conference, and especially of the peer-review process and definition of the conference program (call and selection of abstracts, review of papers, moderation of sessions, etc.) ;
2) sponsors supporting the conference, so that the conference can meet high quality standards while keeping affordable fees.
Should you be interested in joining us in this great experience, please contact us!
Stefan Thomas (Wuppertal Institute, Germany), firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Michaelis (Databuild, UK), email@example.com
Jean-Sébastien Broc (independent researcher, France), firstname.lastname@example.org
Piet Boonekamp (ECN, the Netherlands), email@example.com
Mirjam Harmelink (Harmelink Consulting), firstname.lastname@example.org