"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."
Tony Blair, Former UK Prime Minister, urged delegates of the Euro-Mediterranean Efficiency Forum into action. Mr. Blair spoke on how Europe must make an ambitious commitment to reduce its carbon emissions and focus on developing a framework that would promote a more immediate uptake of energy efficient practices.
View this year's highlights of the inaugural Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum.
David Myers, Building Efficiency President at Johnson Controls, opens the Forum with comments on Johnson Control's long-standing commitment to energy efficiency.
Mr. Estrosi, French Minister of Industry and Mayor of Nice, opens the Forum by recognizing how changing lifestyles can positively impact the future of the planet, resulting in a more efficient and rational use of energy.
HSH Prince Albert II reveals how the Forum acts a vehicle to open dialogue and gives participants the tools to make a difference every day.
Mr Howard, Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Group, closes the Forum with a vision of the future that will be greener, cleaner, more efficient, sustainable and profitable.
Ms. Fong, Chief Operating Officer at the European Climate Foundation, talks about a study which the foundation has commissioned on feasibility of binding energy saving targets within the EU. The study outcome was that, according to present EU's policy, the 20% target would be unreachable.
Nicola Rega, Advisor at Eurelectric, talks about how intervention to reach more efficiency not only is possible, but also requires less investment than one may think.
Mr. Van Ypersele, Vice-Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Professor of Climatology, Université Catholique de Louvain, suggests how energy efficiency and energy conservation are two leading technologies today, which can contain and reduce climate change. Furthermore, he underlines how non-binding targets, most of the time, do not work.
Mr. Mills, Director Global Energy and Climate Change Policy at Dow Chemical, focuses on the heart of the forum's debate: how industry must first address the cost-savings issue rather than waiting for State intervention.
Mrs Sabban, VP, Regional Council, Ile-de-France, and President of the Assembly of European Regions, highlights how economy is globally changing: instead of recklessly consuming resources, it is becoming more efficient.
Serge de Gheldere, Belgian Climate Ambassador and CEO of Futureproofed, brings the interesting case of a global manufacturing leader who managed to increase efficiency, while reducing costs.
Mr Gilliot, Directeur Général Adjoint, Tractebel Engineering, adds the case of an environmentally friendly building to the debate.
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.