The Alliance to Save Energy Launches the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity at EE Global

Release Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Alliance to Save Energy has announced the launch of the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity at the Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) in Washington, D.C.

The Global Alliance is modeled after Energy 2030, an Alliance to Save Energy initiative announced in February 2013 that is focused on doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. The Global Alliance will take the conversation about energy productivity to a global audience, securing commitments from policymakers and corporate leaders to encourage productivity and enlisting them to encourage similar commitments from others.

The ultimate goal of the Global Alliance is to double the energy productivity of businesses, cities and countries by 2030. Using energy as productively as possible benefits a wide range of sectors by improving economic performance and growth, facilitating energy access around the world, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, driving technological innovation and increasing the reliability and security of energy infrastructure.

Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, said, “The goal of the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity is audacious but imminently doable: let’s double the energy productivity of businesses, cities and countries around the world by 2030. The Global Alliance will support policymakers and corporate leaders in their work to share and implement proven policy solutions that will contribute to greater economic prosperity and a more secure energy future across all regions. We don’t need to wait to take action; the technologies, processes and policies exist today to get twice as much GDP from each unit of energy we consume. We are at the dawn of an important new energy era, one where the international community can come together to grow economies and create jobs while at the same time reducing energy waste and pollution. I couldn’t be more excited to help usher in this new era with the launch of the Global Alliance!”

“It’s a very exciting time for the energy industry, as technology, business models and policy are uniquely merging and opening up game changing opportunities to get more bang for our energy buck. The Global Alliance for Energy Productivity will help change the global conversation about energy use by focusing on building strong economies, growing jobs and increasing prosperity. The Global Alliance launch is timely and critical, and I look forward to helping foster the initiative’s success as part of our philanthropic efforts to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future,” said Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Director of Energy Efficiency, ClimateWorks Foundation.

Kandeh Yumkella, Alliance Steering Committee Chair, CEO and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All, said, “The global demand for energy, particularly in developing countries, is increasing. We need to do our absolute best at facilitating smart solutions for the international community to harness energy in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable way. We don’t have to sacrifice our interest in eliminating energy poverty in order to protect the planet from becoming hotter and resulting in catastrophic changes to our climate. The launch of the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity is an exciting opportunity for key stakeholders around the world to learn from each other and help grow our economies in a sustainable manner.”

Recognizing that specific policy challenges vary from region to region, the Global Alliance provides an international, energy productivity-focused framework for the development of policies and programs that promote greater economic prosperity and a more secure future across all regions. The Global Alliance network connects policymakers and business leaders to share proven policy solutions.