Global Leaders attend IPEEC Conference to Set Energy Efficiency Goals
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) gathered world leaders from 15 countries this week for their first meeting to develop policies to address climate change issues and encourage global strategies to reduce fossil fuel dependence and encourage renewable energy.
Since the launch of the IPEEC in May of 2009, over $1.6 million has been contributed by member companies to support six projects that cover a wide range of sustainable energy issues -- from helping clean energy projects receive domestic funding from banks to developing international standards for industrial energy consumption reports to creating zero-waste buildings.
The current IPEEC chairman and the US representative, DOE Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi, will work with representatives from the European Commission, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil.
Observers from Indonesia and South Africa also attended but have not become official members. These same countries are members of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), an international organization that collaborates across borders to test the efficiency of exported appliances. The US has committed $3 million a year for funding to support the MEF.