The fourth International Energy Policy & Programme Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC) held in Amsterdam from June 6 – 9, 2016 brought together energy and evaluation researchers and practitioners from around the world. The conference began with pre-conference workshops focusing on process and market evaluations, evaluation of energy saving programs and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, target and goal setting and holistic approach to accelerating energy efficiency action. Conference attendees included academic researchers, policymakers, consultants and evaluation practitioners, industry representatives and students from various European countries, China, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.
The opening keynote by Amsterdam’s Deputy Mayor Abdeluheb Choho emphasized the city’s sustainable and low carbon actions and policies, including in accelerating the adoption of solar energy and non-motorized transport, and improving industrial and building energy efficiency. Laetitia Ouillet, Director of Corporate Strategy of Netherland’s largest utility ENECO, then discussed the role for utility in promoting renewable energy and behavior change and cutting edge technologies being promoted by the company. The last opening keynote by IEA Head of Energy Efficiency Division Brian Motherway highlighted the important savings potential of energy efficiency globally and the need for better analysis and communication of evaluation results to policymakers. The conference also featured two other plenary sessions with keynote speakers, 28 panel sessions, a poster session and networking sessions.
Nina Khanna, a Scientific Engineering Associate with the China Energy Group, spoke on a panel session highlighting international experiences in energy standards and labeling program (S&L) evaluation. Her presentation focused on a recently completed evaluation of the potential energy and CO2 impact of China’s mandatory product efficiency standards adopted from 2010 to 2013. This evaluation builds on years of collaboration with the China National Institute of Standardization, the technical body responsible for setting China’s energy efficiency product standards, and benefited from support from appliance and evaluation experts at LBNL. She introduced the evaluation study’s methodology and discussed the study’s implications for China’s future standards development. She also participated in a panel discussion with other S&L experts from India, the U.S. and Germany on data challenges, cost-benefit analysis and policy impacts of evaluating S&L programs.
2016 IEPPEC opening plenary session with the Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, ENECO Utility’s Director of Corporate Strategy and IEA Energy Efficiency Division Head.
China Energy Group staff member, Nina Khanna, and other panelists who discussed international experiences with standards and labeling program evaluations.