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May 27, 2009

DOE and World Energy Leaders Launch Partnership for Energy Efficiency

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu met with energy leaders from around the world on May 24 and 25 to launch the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), a high-level forum for facilitating improvements in global energy efficiency and encouraging market implementation of energy efficiency technologies. By promoting the exchange of information, best practices, policies, and measures that support energy efficiency efforts, this partnership will offer opportunities for the participating countries to create green jobs domestically while helping to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The signatories included the entire Group of 8 (G8), which consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as key emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea. The International Energy Agency will host the IPEEC Secretariat in Paris, France.

The IPEEC partners agreed on an initial set of tasks for the draft work plan, which included the establishment of a Sustainable Buildings Network that will promote efficiency in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; a compilation and summary of national energy efficiency action plans; an inventory and review of international energy efficiency initiatives; and improved methods for measuring and verifying progress toward domestic energy efficiency goals. The launch of the IPEEC was part of the G8 Energy Ministers Meeting in Rome, where G8 members and other interested countries discussed new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies, ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and investments countries can make to grow their economies and promote global security and development. See the DOE press release and the Web site for the G8 Energy Ministers Meeting.

The members of the IPEEC, as well as the energy ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa, also issued a joint statement endorsing a comprehensive approach to addressing global greenhouse gas emissions. The joint statement calls for close international cooperation on research, development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy technologies. It also calls for improving the policy and regulatory frameworks to boost investments in renewable energies and to promote their deployment and diffusion throughout the globe. In addition, it calls for measures that address the financial dimension of widespread renewable energy deployment, including the possibility of designing dedicated international financing mechanisms for renewable energy. The joint statement also addresses nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage technologies. See the joint statement (PDF 33 KB). Download Adobe Reader.