2B : Monday, May 8 : 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized?
As nations look to meet their climate and clean energy goals – ranging from the Paris Accords to the Sustainable Development Goals to domestic targets –strategies are being crafted and implemented at every level of government to reduce GHG emissions and develop clean energy markets. According to the IEA, when it comes to GHG emissions, energy efficiency is more impactful than any other plan, and it is a critical tool for both economic development and energy access. But are government leaders looking to energy efficiency as the first fuel and solution? What policy best practices have been deployed at the local and national levels?
Odón de Buen, M.S.C.
Director General, National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy in Mexico
Since 2013, Odón de Buen is the Director-General of the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (Conuee) in Mexico, a decentralized administrative organization within the Ministry of Energy that promotes energy efficiency and sustainable use of energy in all sectors of Mexico´s economy. Mr. de Buen has a Bachelor´s Degree in Engineering from Mexico´s National University (UNAM) and a Master of Science Degree on Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1982 to 1995 he collaborated with the Engineering Institute at Mexico´s National University (1981-1985), Mexico´s national power utility (1985-1988) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1989-1995). From 1995 to 2003, he was the Director-General of the National Commission for Energy Conservation in México (Conae). From 2003 to 2012, he was a consultant in México and South and Central America for national and international organizations such as the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Copper Association, the United Nations Development Program and the International Energy Agency. He is a founding member of the National Association of Solar Energy in Mexico, the Mexican Coalition for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, and the Energy Transition Network. Also, he has been member Steering Committee of the CLASP, an international NGO with deep expertise in the deployment of energy efficiency standards and labeling, and is presently an elected member of the Council Board of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the world´s most relevant body on electrical and electronic standardization.
Rob Murray-Leach
Head of Policy, Australian Energy Efficiency Council
Rob Murray-Leach is the Head of Policy at the Energy Efficiency Council, the Australian peak body for energy efficiency, demand-management and cogeneration. Rob is one of Australia’s foremost experts in energy efficiency and has considerable expertise in broader energy and climate change issues. Rob was the founding CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council from 2009 to 2015, growing the organisation to become a major force in Australia and placing energy efficiency at the heart of Australia’s energy debate. In 2015 he changed role to Head of Policy, in order to focus on policy and outside interests. Rob was formerly a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency and Australia’s key review of climate change policy, the Garnaut Review. He has a background in behaviour and sustainability from the universities of Oxford and Adelaide, and has contributed to several award-winning books on these topics.
Samuel Thomas
Senior Energy Efficiency Analyst, International Energy Agency
Samuel Thomas is a senior energy efficiency analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous organisation of the OECD, which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. He leads the programme of analytical work on energy efficiency, including the IEA’s annual Energy Efficiency Market Report and projects on policy implementation, most recently publishing on market-based instruments for efficiency. Before joining the IEA in 2014, Sam was Deputy Director for Climate Change Economics and Energy Efficiency Analysis at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where he led the analysis supporting the UK’s Climate Change Act, EU ETS implementation, the UK’s supplier obligations and strategies on energy efficiency, heat and fuel poverty.