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 do their part in fulfilling the Paris Accords’ goal of limiting warming to well under 2°C, mitigation strategies are being crafted and implemented at every level of government to reduce GHG emissions. According to IEA, energy efficiency is more impactful than any other emissions reduction plan, 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?
Patricia Fuller
Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
Patricia Fuller joined Natural Resources Canada in August of 2015 as Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency. Prior to taking up this position, Patricia was the Ambassador of Canada to Chile. In previous international assignments, she has served as Ambassador of Canada to Uruguay, and in Canada’s embassies in Mexico and Guatemala. In Ottawa, Patricia has served in various positions at Global Affairs Canada. She was Director General of Planning and Reporting from 2010 to 2012, Chief Economist from 2007 to 2010 and Director of the Softwood Lumber Division from 2003 to 2004. From 2000 to 2003, she was seconded to the Privy Council Office where she worked on environmental policy in the secretariat for the Cabinet Committee on Economic and Regional Development Policy. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked at the Bank of Canada. Patricia and her husband have two children, and she is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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.
Said Mouline
CEO, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, AMEE
Born in 1963 in Rabat, Saïd Mouline is an engineer specialist in the energy and environmental questions. Graduate from the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble, France) and University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), he is President of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies (CGEM) and President of the Moroccan Center for Clean Production. He was advisor to the President of OCP, the world leading phosphate company for a sustainable development policy. He has in the past worked within the Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Mines and counseled various national and international organizations like the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection, BMCE Bank, WLPGA, World Bank, IFC, GTZ, KfW and UNDP. He is currently CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) and Head of the Public Private Partnerships at COP 22 committee
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.