Energy efficiency to become mainstream and scale

Energy efficiency to become mainstream and scale

When HSH Prince Albert of Monaco opened this year's Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum, he quoted Victor Hugo in saying ‘There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come' - and this was to set the tone for the whole event with all in agreement that as it relates to ‘energy efficiency', the time is now.

27th March, 2014

With one of the sub-themes of the conference being ‘the economic case for energy efficient buildings', we heard not only from the leading thinkers in this arena but also the leading practitioners, with best practice examples of business growth activities powered, at their core, by sustainability . However, there was also frustration and a general consensus that we still have far to go – in his keynote speech Michael Geissler, Managing Director of the Berlin Energy Agency, said he doubted that the EU was on course to reach its 20-20-20 target by 2020, estimating that 16% might be a more realistic forecast.

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