Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy joined leaders from 15 countries and the European Commission at the first Policy Committee meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) to promote global collaboration on energy-saving programs and policies.

GlobeWASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy joined leaders from 15 countries and the European Commission at the first Policy Committee meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) to promote global collaboration on energy-saving programs and policies. U.S. participation in this partnership, launched at the Group of 8 (G8) Energy Ministers Meeting in Rome in May 2009, continues the Obama Administration’s efforts to forge partnerships among governments to address climate change, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and grow the global clean energy economy.

At the meeting, Assistant Secretary Zoi was selected to serve a two-year term as the first Chair of the IPEEC Policy Committee.

“Smart, efficient energy use has enormous potential to reduce energy demand, improve economic development, and reduce emissions worldwide,” said Assistant Secretary Zoi. “We need to achieve unprecedented speed and scale in deploying energy-saving practices and policies to meet our global challenges, and the IPEEC partnership is an extraordinary opportunity to ramp up this work.”

Over the past year, IPEEC member countries have contributed more than $1.6 million (approximately 1.3 million euros) in funding to support six key initiatives that advance energy efficiency.

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Source: Department of Energy