"By improving individual energy performance, each of us is acting for the planet, whilst continuing to maintain our comforts and safeguarding our finances. We should not forget that this creates economic momentum, which for once, does not recklessly consume our natural resources, but preserves them."
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
If You look for: "Immediate Actions to reduce Air Pollutions and Climate Troubles", "Safer Energy Supplies, including Renewable", "Sustainable Development of all Countries" ,, then think about Energy Efficiency, and participate in the Monaco EEForum 2011, to build up a smarter future.
Serge de Gheldere:
"It is time to reframe the climate debate - away from idealism or altruism and towards business intelligence."
"Energy efficiency is carbon efficiency, being the first and most important step on the way towards a low carbon society. Energy efficiency is also sustainability at it 's best, creating potential large savings on energy costs, being a competitive advantage for the businesses and cooperation's investing."
"Smart companies and countries have long realised the benefits of prioritising energy efficiency investments. With the triple challenge of increasing energy costs, supply concerns and climate protection, there has never been a better time to step up the drive to greater efficiency.
The smarter countries and companies will ensure energy efficiency initiatives represent commitments for the long term. It is only through such longer term approaches that we can deliver the full benefits of efficiency programs to the societies we all serve."
"The link between Energy and Climate Change is a masterpiece in the Euro-Mediterranean relations that open a window of opportunity towards sustainable development and low carbon emissions growth. Exploiting the full potential of the Mediterranean region in regard to green energy will contribute to further strengthen the economic bridges and to make progress in fulfilling global challenges."
Serge de Gheldere (1967) is a sustainable design engineer who understands that the need for climate change mitigation is large and urgent, and who helps design the transition from the old, linear, fossil-based economy into a positive economy. In 1999 Serge founded Futureproofed, a sustainable design consultancy with clear mission: help accelerate the transition to a sustainable, attractive and profitable low carbon economy.
Futureproofed is a team of 7 with 5 engineers, change agents, who understand issues of climate change and environmental degradation, and transform it into an opportunity for today's shareholders and for future generations. The future by choice, by design, and not as fatality. Futureproofed is developing ways to make natural capital - energy, minerals, water, forests and the services they provide - stretch up to 10 times further than they do today, using tools such as Bilan Carbone and whole system design.
In 2006, Serge was part of a select group of individuals personally trained by Al Gore to become a global warming presenter. Today he presents the slideshow that formed the basis of "An Inconvenient truth" to a wide variety of audiences worldwide, from ministers, governments and schools to board of directors and corporations such as IBM, Dexia, Fortis, HP, Picanol, Solvay MBA, Electrolux, Sony, Leaseplan, GE, Yale University; speaking at the David Liu Memorial series at Stanford University; at the CSR summit in Dubai, and at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
From 2007 until 2010 he was guest professor at Groep T in Leuven, were he still is a member of the board of directors.
Serge de Gheldere trained as an electro-mechanical engineer in Groep T Engineering School, Leuven (B) with a focus on materials technology and product design, and as a master in polymer and composites engineering at the KU Leuven (B). He wrote his masters' thesis on light, efficient thermoplastic composite structures in Professor Beukers' lab of advanced structures and materials at the faculty of Aeronautical Engineering of TU Delft (NL).
Serge then worked as a product development engineer for Baxter R&D Europe for 7 years. There he worked in a global team designing and developing the industry's first system to eliminate blood-borne pathogens in platelets. He also spent 15 months on a project assignment in Chicago and received several awards including a Baxter outstanding technical achievement award and two patents.
Serge owes most of this to the continuous support of his wonderful wife Marie, with whom he has three fantastic kids. In real life, Serge loves to spend time with the family snowboarding, (wind/kite)surfing, traveling and mountain-biking.
All greenhouse gas emissions relating to the organisation of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum will be offset thanks to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s “Monaco Carbon Offsetting” Programme.