I was in Vienna last week at our International HQ. Amongst other things we started discussions about revamping our online communications including the reeep.org website and our e-newsletters. Let me know if you’ve got any comments or suggestions for how we can improve things: firstname.lastname@example.org
As for this week’s upcoming events, if energy efficiency is your bag then take your pick between Europe or the US; if renewable energy is more your thing then I’ve got a global look at its status (online, which suits a global perspective!). If finance is what drives you there are academies in Germany and Kenya, or, if you want to be more specific, there’s wind in Mexico.
EE = BB
Last year in the USA, buildings used roughly 40% of the energy in the U.S. economy at a cost of over $400 billion. Through a variety of efficiency improvements (e.g. new lighting, greater insulation, more efficient heating and cooling) and proven approaches (clear information, access to financing, energy efficiency investment criteria), buildings can be more energy efficient and better places to live and work. In February 2011, President Obama, building upon the investments of the Recovery Act, announced the BetterBuildings Initiative to make commercial and industrial buildings 20% more energy efficient by 2020 and accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency.
You can read more about BetterBuildings Initiative on the US DOE website, and if you attend EE Global later this month (27-29 March, Orlando, Florida, USA) you can attend a BetterBuildings Workshop: “Local Strategies for EE Programs in the Southeast United States.” It’s a chance to learn about President Obama’s challenge to make buildings more energy efficient, and hear from actual BetterBuildings grantees. This is just one of six pre-conference workshops on a range of EE subjects that are included as part of your registration.
RE’s report card
Our friends at The Clean Energy Solutions Center and REN21 are combining to present a webinar going in-depth and behind the scenes of the Renewables 2011 Global Status Report. The report shows that the renewable energy sector continues to perform well despite economic downturn, incentive cuts, and low prices for natural gas. In 2010, renewable energy supplied an estimated 16% of global final energy consumption and delivered close to 20% of global electricity. Renewable capacity now comprises about a quarter of total global power-generating capacity.
In this free webinar, Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, will talk about the report’s findings and what lies ahead for renewable energy. RE Trends – REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report webinar will take place at 3pm GMT on 19 March. Participation is free but you need to register, which you can do by clicking here.
School’s in for Summer
Finance for clean energy is a complex topic. I’m hoping my colleague Eva will be able to teach me more about it when she comes back from the Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy, 15-20 July in Frankfurt, Germany. If you need to learn about it too then consider one of the the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance summer academies; the second is in Nairobi, Kenya from October 21 to 26, with a special regional focus on Africa.
The Summer Academies are designed to offer project developers, policy advisors, financiers and consultants a comprehensive framework for financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in emerging and developing markets, including practical, integrated knowledge and tools.
A third of Europe’s energy use
Energy use in industry roughly represents a third of Europe’s total energy use. The energy savings potential is very large. Despite a common belief that rational industries already have taken all possible cost-effective measures to cut their energy use, the opposite is the norm. And new opportunities arise every day.
The first eceee Industrial Summer Study will be held 11–14 September 2012 at the Papendal Hotel and Conference Centre, Arnhem, the Netherlands. The industrial Summer Study covers all types of industries, from production and food processing to heavy process industry. The eceee industrial Summer Study will be held over three and a half days and is expected to attract industry, energy service companies, policymakers, academia, NGOs and other professionals in energy efficiency.
The Mexico Wind Power Finance and Investment Summit previously mentioned and originally scheduled for March 26-28 in Mexico City will now take place from July 23-25, 2012.
More in two weeks.