Green energy innovations are sprouting all across the globe, but when leaders from over a dozen countries unite for a common purpose, a tidal wave of progress is bound to be unleashed. Earlier this week, the European Commission joined leaders from 15 countries and Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to conduct the first Policy Committee meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).
The goal of the IPEEC Policy Committee is the promotion of global teamwork on energy-saving policies and programs. The objective of U.S. participation in the partnership, which began during the May 2009 Group of 8 (G8) Energy Ministers Meeting held in Rome, is to proliferate “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,” according to the U.S. DOE.
Over the past 12 months, participating IPEEC countries have pooled more than $1.6 million in funding to support six primary initiatives that advance energy efficiency. Among the projects supported are the Worldwide Energy Efficiency Action through Capacity Building and Training project, which shares efficient practices for energy efficiency at on-site workshops and online materials; and the Sustainable Buildings Network (SBN) project, which puts into contact various building efficiency organizations whose common goal is to increase the efficiency of existing buildings.