On May 12-13, EPEE Director General Andrea Voigt participated in a roundtable discussion as part of the 5th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) conference in Seoul, South Korea.
Other participants included U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and energy ministers from Mexico and Finland.
During her speech Andrea Voigt emphasized the importance of a holistic approach, combining increased energy efficiency and a more effective use of energy.
“Energy demand can be reduced by making buildings and appliances more energy efficient,” she said.
“Peak loads and fluctuating supply of renewable energies can be balanced by empowering consumers, enabling them to act when energy supply is abundant or scarce. Thermal energy storage in particular can play a key role here.
“Realistic and enforceable regulatory frameworks are essential to reduce heating and cooling demand, and Ecodesign is a successful example of how the energy efficiency of appliances can be increased, thereby achieving huge energy savings.
“However, it is also important to ensure that measures are enforceable and not too complex.
“Political leadership is indispensable but needs to take into account input from all stakeholders to understand technical, economic and environmental challenges and impact.”