"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."
During the Fourth Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum, organisations and individuals were recognized for actions that contributed to an improved energy Efficiency.
Awards were attributes in the following categories: Projects, Finance, Communication
This category recognizes individuals or organizations that have implemented remarkable energy efficiency projects at local, regional or global levels.
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is the largest annual worldwide competition for sustainable entrepreneurs who can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by innovative products and services. This project represents a remarkable practice to support green initiatives, by ensuring that selected products and services are being brought to market within two years. The first competition was organized in 2007 by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, a charitable organisation in The Netherlands.
Marieke Van Schaik received the award in behalf of the Dutch Postcode Lottery
This category encourages innovation in financing for the improvement and development of energy efficiency projects.
The SUSI Energy Efficiency Fund, launched in 2013 by SUSI Partners is the first private energy efficiency fund for institutional investors, applicable for the energy performance contracting model. The Fund finances energy efficiency retrofits of buildings, manufacturing facilities and public infrastructure by obtaining a share of the energy savings in exchange. In 2013, the SUSI Energy Efficiency Fund successfully financed a first reference project, the retrofit of five public buildings in Monaco. Currently, EUR 65m are ready to be invested in energy efficiency projects.
Patrick Fankhauser received the award in behalf of Susi Energy Efficiency Fund
This category recognizes the media or an organization for a particularly motivation communications campaign or other communication actions taken on energy efficiency.
Arthur Neslen, is the Energy, Development and Climate correspondent of EurActiv, the media portal dedicated to EU affairs in Brussels. Arthur covers energy efficiency, from a policy-making perspective but also looking very closely at the implementation of specific EU laws by national governments. Through his articles, Arthur is bringing his contribution to the energy efficiency story, helping policy-makers, stakeholders and citizens to understand it better. With more than 20 years of experience in journalism, Arthur previously worked with Guardian News & Media, The Economist, Al Jazeera Media Network etc.
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.