Building Global Momentum Toward Energy Efficiency Solutions By Rebecca Price
At a plenary luncheon featuring rapid-fire remarks from nine speakers representing a variety of companies and organizations, EE Global attendees were briefed on the creation of the new Demand-Side Energy Efficiency (DSEE) partnership, a public-private coalition that will support governments to realize the 3 percent annual energy efficiency improvements necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.
The DSEE partnership leverages the combined global resources of the Sustainable Energy for All’s Energy Efficiency (EE) Accelerators, the International Energy Agency, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the newly-formed Energy Efficiency Global Alliance to help national governments develop multi-sector energy efficiency plans while supporting bold commitments to action, setting ambitious 2030 targets, tracking results, and reporting impacts.
Complementary commitments will be made by private-sector companies, financial institutions, sub-national governments and enabling organizations as a gesture of support to national governments. This strategic, integrated public-private partnership leverages synergies between sectors and fosters collaboration across multiple levels of government (national/local), supporting agencies, financial institutions and the private sector.
The DSEE partnership will celebrate countries that have incorporated a 3% annual increase in their annual rates of energy efficiency improvement in their revised NDCs at the UN Climate Action Summit in September. The summit, conceived by UN Secretary General António Guterres, invites states and the private sector to share concrete and realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade and to net-zero emissions by 2050.