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International Workshop on the Climate Mitigation Potential of Energy Efficiency in Brussels

International Workshop on the Climate Mitigation Potential of Energy Efficiency in Brussels

9 November 2011

How can the "sleeping giant" of energy efficiency be awakened? What steps need to be taken for the EU to meet its own target of a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020?  What can the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, proposed in June 2011 by the European Commission, contribute to reaching this goal? In order to answer these and other questions, Ecologic Institute organized an international workshop at the behest of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Workshop participants in Brussels

This workshop took place on 9 November 2011 at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union in Brussels and was put together with support from energiewaechter GmbH. Energy efficiency’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation was the emphasis of the event. The event organizers were able to welcome 80 participants from EU institutions as well as businesses, political circles, and organizations of the various Member States.

The goal of the workshop was to generate a discussion about the political and legal framework of the EU’s energy efficiency policy, including the directive proposal of the EU Commission. The proposal’s potential effects on current energy efficiency measures in Member States were analyzed. Additionally, experiences with the implementation of energy efficiency policies and measures by Members States and by the private sector were elaborated and exchanged, including presentations about successful implementation of energy saving obligations and energy saving contracting schemes.

The schedule can be downloaded here [pdf, 1.3 MB, English]. The individual presentations and a comprehensive documentation of the event are also available here for download:


energiewaechter (energiewaechter), Germany
Prof. Krzystof Zmijewski , Public Board of the National Program for Reduction of Emissions Warsaw
Franzjosef Schafhausen , Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Dr. Wolfgang Eichhammer/Tobias Boßmann , Fraunhofer ISI
Hans-Lothar Schäfer , Techem GmbH
Virginie Caujolle-Pradenc , Greater London Authority
Susanne Berger , Berliner Energieagentur GmbH
Stephan von Hundelshausen , ESCO-Forum
Alexander Klötzel , Trianel GmbH
Frances Williamson , UK Energy Retail Association
Peter Bach , Danish Energy Agency
9 November 2011
Brussels, Belgium
Project ID
energy efficiency, climate protection potential, Directive on energy efficiency, energy efficiency plan, workshop, energy saving, energy concept of the German federal government, policy mix, instruments, Workshop with working groups, Europe, Germany