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On November 13th, energy efficiency and clean energy advocates gathered in Washington, DC to celebrate 30 years of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)’s work to promote energy efficiency and clean energy around the world.

 

With more than 150 registered attendees from organizations on the front lines of energy efficiency policy and implementation, including IIEC alumni from around the world, the event provided the opportunity for thought-provoking discussions about the importance of energy efficiency for meeting the world’s energy and development needs. 

The speakers engaged the audience in a conversation about challenges and opportunities for scaling up clean energy programs in developing countries to help address climate change and other global challenges.

Highlights:                                     

Unveiling of Video: IIEC – The First 30 Years

Keynote presentations by Senator Ed Markey (U.S. Senator from Massachusetts) Benoit Lebot, Executive Director of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

Interactive panel discussions:

Panel on Emerging Issues in Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, with speakers Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy; Reid Detchon of the United Nations Foundation; Ivan Jaques from ESMAP/World Bank; and David Rosenheim, Executive Director of the Climate Registry.   Moderated by Laura Van Wie McGrory of IIEC.

Perspectives from IIEC’s Leaders panel, with speakers Deborah Bleviss from Johns Hopkins University/SAIS; Terry Oliver of Bonneville Power Administration; Russell Sturm from the International Finance Corporation; and Felix Gooneratne, IIEC Chief Executive Officer.  Moderated by Matthew Mendis of Nexant.

Presentation of a special award to Dr. Nay Htun of SUNY Stony Brook, former Assistant Secretary General for UNEP and UNDP.

 Co-Hosts of the Event were: