Vienna Energy Efficiency and Climate Meetings

The International Institute for Sustainable Development report on the meetings is available here to download (pdf) (word).

The reports are also available at the IISD page reporting on the meetings.

The Vienna energy efficiency and climate meetings, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, (UNIDO) at the Vienna International Center, offered new insights on how to reduce energy inefficiency in industry, save increasingly expensive fuel and power and control the growth of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in developing and transition economy countries.

The event was organized in two parts:

  • 19-20 March 2007, Forum on “Energy Efficiency Projects in CDM and JI”, held in Conference Room I ,2nd Floor , C Building (CR I, C02); and
  • 21-22 March 2007, Expert Group Meeting onf Energy Management Standards held in Conference Room II, 7th Floor, C Building (CR II – C07).

On March 19/20 UNIDO partnered with the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) and UK Trade and Investment to provide a forum for business and industry to advance their understanding of energy efficiency projects within the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism and the barriers to their development and implementation. The forum was an opportunity for discussion among countries hosting CDM and JI projects and countries that are interested in buying emissions reductions to meet their emissions reduction targets.

The forum was organized as a series of interactive panel sessions, where experts provided short presentations followed by extensive question-and-answer opportunities. Speakers and participants included renowned policy experts on CDM and JI, project developers and a wide-range of high-profile industry representatives involved in fields such as industrial cogeneration and industrial energy management.

The forum was followed by an expert group meeting (EGM) on March 21/22 focused on the practical aspects of optimizing the efficiency of electric motor and other industrial energy systems. The EGM contributed to the body of knowledge concerning the promulgation of energy management standards as incentives for sustainable industrial energy efficiency. It will serve as a beginning of the development of an international consensus on what constitutes an effective energy efficiency standard for industry.

It also publicised UNIDO’s industrial energy efficiency programme that is designed to strengthen the link between business practices for the management of energy and energy efficiency and the core industry values of global competitiveness, cost reduction, increased productivity and environmental compliance. The basic concepts underpinning the UNIDO programme are capacity building for the optimization of industrial energy systems and the use of energy management standards to ensure persistence and sustainability.

The UNIDO programme shifts markets from a focus on buying and selling industrial equipment components, such as boilers, pumps and motors, to the purchase and provision of products and services that result in optimization of the industrial energy systems that are comprised of these components. The resulting improvements in energy efficiency, reliability and productivity contribute to increased competitiveness of industrial firms.

The Vienna Energy Efficiency and Climate Meetings provided excellent networking opportunities for business and industry as well as policy makers and other stakeholders involved in industrial energy efficiency, energy management standards and the implementation of carbon trading and project-based carbon financing.

All administrative inquiries related to the 2007 Vienna Energy Efficiency and Climate Meetings should be addressed to:

Mr. Abraham Kuruttuparambil
Project Assistant
Energy and Cleaner Production Branch
Tel: +43-1-26026-4805
Fax: +43-1-26026-6855
Email: Abraham Kuruttuparambil

Experts Group Meeting (EGM), 21-22 March 2007
Energy Efficiency Projects in CDM and JI, 19-20 March 2007