Track 1: Energy Efficiency

Track Chairs:


Aiming Zhou

Senior Energy Specialist, Energy Division of South Asia Regional Department (SAEN),
Asian Development Bank


Melanie Slade

Senior Program Manager, Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies,
International Energy Agency

The Paris Climate Agreement came into force in November 2016, and more than 125 countries have ratified the agreement. However, IEA analysis shows that even if all 197 countries who were party to the Paris agreement fully implemented their nationally determined contributions (NDCs), greenhouse gas emissions would not be reduced to a level necessary to maintain a global temperature rise of less than 2 degrees Celsius. Various studies have shown that if aggressive packages of energy efficiency measures are effectively implemented, then countries can achieve a transition to a low carbon future without harming their economies. Governments need tools to help them value the multiple benefits of energy efficiency to drive the necessary policy developments to overcome the multiple barriers to energy efficiency.

This year’s Energy Efficiency track will focus on supporting the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) through engaging all energy efficiency stakeholders on effective implementation of energy efficiency programs and accelerating energy efficiency investment.

Session 1: High Impact Energy Efficiency Policies for NDCs

This session will highlight the potential for achieving the transition to low-carbon energy systems at low cost by making the most of what energy efficiency has to offer. It will highlight both the global potential and individual country experiences.

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Session 5: How Can Digitalization Improve the Efficiency of Our Government Energy Efficiency Programs and Our Businesses?

Implementing an effective energy efficiency standards and labeling program for appliances or an energy management program for industry can be challenging for governments. This session will explore the opportunities that digitalization brings to make programs more effective at lower costs. For example, a universal QR code would be a great tool for regulators and smaller countries with lower budgets both for compliance purposes and to provide high-quality information to consumers. Equally, today’s reduced costs of sub-metering allow businesses the opportunity to collect disaggregated, real-time data on energy consumption allowing them to reap the benefits of better managing their consumption and, where required, reporting it to government.

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Session 9: Multiple Benefits and Drivers of Energy Efficiency

Most governments are not motivated by energy efficiency in its own right, but rather by the social, economic, and environmental benefits it brings. This session will highlight some of the benefits that drive governments to take action, as well as methodologies for measuring and communicating the multiple benefits of efficiency

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Session 13: Sustainable Fiscal Instruments

Countries across the world have been able to support energy efficiency and conservation objectives through various fiscal instruments. These include dedicated energy efficiency funds; revolving funds supported by taxes; or tax incentives; and import-duty reductions for energy-efficient equipment. This session will explore different types of fiscal instruments, how they can be used to achieve energy efficiency objectives in Developing Asia, and why they have, or have not, worked.

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Session 17: Market-Based Instruments

Governments around the world are keen to reduce the costs of energy efficiency programs and create an environment where the private sector invests in energy efficiency. Many mechanisms such as tendering schemes, energy efficiency obligations, white certificates, and ESCO models have been successfully used in different countries. This session will explore which of these mechanisms work well, under what circumstances, and why.

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