31 July 2019

Ministers of government and industry experts gather to discuss energy efficiency

On 24th June 2019, Michelle Croker, the GEMS Regulator, attended the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin.

The conference brought together ministers of government, CEOs and experts in the energy field from all over the globe to examine critical energy efficiency issues, such as financing, policy innovation and digitalisation.

Over 400 leaders in energy efficiency from over 50 countries attended the conference, which the IEA has reported was their biggest global conference yet on energy efficiency.

Among the highlights of the event was the launch of a new Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency by IEA Director, Dr Fatih Birol. This new commission aims to advance the progress of energy efficiency through stronger policy action. The Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, will be the honorary chairperson for the commission, with other prominent business and political leaders set to join the commission in coming weeks.

In reflecting on her experience at the conference, Michelle noted the recognition of the critical role that minimum energy performance standards play in energy efficiency. 

“It was clear that both governments and global industry players view minimum energy performance standards as key to unlocking energy efficiency gains,” she said, noting that many attendees referred to it as “the cornerstone of energy efficiency policy”. 

The conference also examined the impact of digitalisation on energy efficiency and the lessons learned throughout the world.

“While it is a complex issue, it was also widely agreed that digitalisation presents additional opportunities,” Michelle said, “with an emphasis on accurate and meaningful data.”

“The IEA’s continued work on digitalisation will be central to advancing the conversation on this topic.”

To that end, the IEA has launched a new online resource to demonstrate how digitalisation is opening new opportunities for enhancing energy efficiency.

Visit the IEA website for further information.