The launch of the International Energy Agency’s new commission on energy efficiency took place at the start of its Global Conference on Energy Efficiency which was held in Dublin, Ireland, from June 24-25. The conference was attended by government ministers, CEOs and energy experts from around the world.
The new commission was announced by Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland. Varadkar will be the honorary chairperson of the commission.
Several important political and business leaders have already agreed to join to advance progress on energy efficiency, which the IEA views as the very first fuel of a sustainable global energy system.
Over 400 energy efficiency leaders from more than 50 countries attended the Dublin event, which was the IEA’s fourth annual global conference on the subject.
The gathering aimed to identify how to unlock the vast potential of energy efficiency, bringing a wide range of important benefits, from greenhouse gas emissions reduction, to improved energy security and supporting the growth of economies while delivering environmental and social benefits.
“No meaningful energy transition can take place without energy efficiency,” Dr. Birol said.
The composition of the commission will be announced next week.
Photo: Dr Fatih Birol (right) with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (center) and Irish Energy Minister Richard Bruton (left) (Photograph: IEA)