"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."
Mark has worked on climate change for fifteen years and is an expert on international climate policy. Before becoming CEO, Mark was The Climate Group's Deputy CEO (2010) and International Policy Director (2004-2010), and has played a pivotal role within the organisation for six years. Mark has been instrumental in developing The Climate Group's global network and operations in India and China, and directed ground-breaking projects with the international finance, energy, technology and aviation sectors.
Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2008-2009), which produced a series of high-level reports outlining the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal and its key components. He is also a carbon markets expert and co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (formerly Voluntary Carbon Standard) (VCS), now the most popular kitemark for the $400 million voluntary market. He continues to be involved as Deputy Chair of the VCS Association.
Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer for WWF's International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he led the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channeling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects, and participated in the European Climate Change Programme working group responsible for the design of the EU ETS. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador's largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.
Mark currently sits on the Climate Change Advisory Council at Zurich Insurance (since 2009), BP's target neutral Assurance and Advisory Panel (since 2007); the Climate Policy Editorial Advisory Board (since 2005); and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change Steering Committee (since 2005).
Mark has taught at universities in both the UK and Ecuador and is a frequent speaker at public events. He has published widely on environmental policy and climate change and is a regular commentator in the press.
Mark has an Honours degree in Economics and an MPhil in Development Studies. He lives in Brighton and is married with one daughter.
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.