8th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency

IEA 8th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency

Versailles,  France
June 6-8, 2023

The Global Conference

will bring together ministers, CEOs and other senior leaders to help achieve the faster progress on energy efficiency that is needed to address today’s global energy crisis and  pressing climate imperatives.

The 8th Global Conference is hosted by French Minister of Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher and IEA Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol, in partnership with Schneider Electric. This year’s event will take place in person in Paris from 7 to 8 June 2023, and will include a pre-conference day on Tuesday 6 June, featuring side events and a welcome reception. 

Participants will consider how policy action in areas such as innovation, digitalisation and finance can help governments as they turn to energy efficiency to boost affordability, security and climate action. Across two days of high-level discussions, the Global Conference will provide an action-oriented forum for decision makers to share experiences of implementing energy efficiency policy on the ground and driving investment in real-world projects.


Attendance is by invitation only, but for any enquiries please contact energy.efficiency@iea.org

Key Materials

Sønderborg Action Plan

For the first time, the IEA 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency included a closed-door ministerial discussion attended by representatives from 27 countries. 

The discussion led to a joint statement, which recognised the importance of energy efficiency and welcomed, among other things, the Sønderborg Action Plan. 

This is the set of strategic principles and policy toolkits developed by the IEA that can help governments seeking to implement efficiency policies rapidly. 

Together, the components of the Action Plan along with the joint statement serve as both a reminder of the central role that energy efficiency can play in alleviating today’s energy challenges, while also providing a useful blueprint for governments to turn ambition into action.
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Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency

Convened by the Executive Director of the IEA in response to the global slowdown of energy efficiency progress, the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency was established in June 2019 at the IEA’s Fourth Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin, Ireland. 

The Commission has 23 members and is composed of national leaders, current and former ministers, top business executives and global thought leaders. With analytical support from the IEA, Global Commission members have examined how progress on energy efficiency can be rapidly accelerated through new and stronger policy action by governments across the globe. It has developed this series of actionable recommendations to support governments in achieving more ambitious action on energy efficiency. 
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Net Zero by 2050

The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to date – even if fully achieved – fall well short of what is required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 and give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 °C. 

This special report is the world’s first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050 while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access, and enabling robust economic growth.

It sets out a cost-effective and economically productive pathway, resulting in a clean, dynamic and resilient energy economy dominated by renewables like solar and wind instead of fossil fuels. The report also examines key uncertainties, such as the roles of bioenergy, carbon capture and behavioural changes in reaching net zero.
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Empowering people to act: Awareness and behaviour campaigns

A global focus on the demand side of the energy equation has never been more important. Supply uncertainty, high prices and urgent climate targets all point to the value of energy efficiency and energy savings. 

At the IEA’s  7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency, energy ministers from around the world agreed that “energy efficiency and demand side action have a particularly important role to play now as global energy prices are high and volatile, hurting households, industries and entire economies” .

Many lessons have been learned on how to design awareness and behaviour change campaigns to achieve maximum effect.  Well-designed campaigns can motivate people to reduce their energy use. Four key concepts are crucial: 
  • Getting the message right 
  • Getting the message across 
  • Combining information with behavioural insights 
  • Campaigns for a crisis context
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Energy Efficiency 2022

Energy Efficiency 2022 is the IEA’s primary annual analysis on global developments in energy efficiency markets and policy. It explores recent trends in energy intensity, demand and efficiency-related investment, innovation, policy and technology while also discussing key questions facing policy makers. 

This year record-high consumer energy bills and securing reliable access to supply are urgent political and economic imperatives for almost all governments. In response to the energy crisis countries are prioritising energy efficiency action due to its ability to simultaneously meet affordability, supply security and climate goals.

While efficiency investment has recently been increasing to reach new record levels, the pace of global energy intensity improvements had noticeably slowed in the second half of the last decade and virtually stalled during the first two years of Covid-19. With efforts to better manage energy consumption as a result of the crisis increasing the rate of improvement once more, the question as to whether 2022 will see a sustained efficiency turning point, and what more can be done, are key themes of this year’s report.