From: Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute, More from this Affiliate
Published June 3, 2009 11:27 AM

Energy Leaders Launch Efficiency Partnership

Energy ministers from the world's largest economies have formally launched the first high-level body focused exclusively on advancing energy efficiency worldwide.

While several international forums exchange energy advice, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation seeks to elevate that information to a level that affects policymaking.

"There's been a growing desire for international collaboration on energy efficiency," said David Rogers, director of strategic planning and analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "[The IPEEC] fills a gap in international collaboration at the decision maker level."


The partnership was first proposed last year by leaders of the world's largest industrialized economies - G8 countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, and Canada - along with China, India, and South Korea. At the G8 Energy Ministers Meeting in Rome last week, Brazil and Mexico joined as the partnership was officially signed.

Among its early actions, IPEEC will inventory the member nations' domestic energy efficiency policies. The partnership also plans to share best-practice advice for efficiency standards, codes, and labels.

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