International Policy Leaders Dialogue
Energy Efficiency: Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction

Thursday, September 25th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

A confluence of global imperatives -- from meeting the unprecedented growth in energy demand to tackling a global economic slow-down to addressing climate change -- demand a "new energy world order", one that begins with energy efficiency as the first resource of choice. But, how to do this? The Alliance to Save Energy has assembled a stellar group of leaders from around the world to provide their perspectives and share their work to implement energy efficiency as a means of achieving carbon reductions while insuring adequate supplies of energy and a sound world economy. Though their methods and motivations may differ, each of the keynote speakers has excelled at implementing energy efficiency as the quickest, cleanest, and cheapest energy resource available.

There is no charge for this important and timely event, but space is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. So, register today!

  • Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
    IEA's globally supported analysis of energy efficiency earned them a Star of EE Award in 2007. IEA's G8 Gleneagles Programme focuses on climate change, clean energy, and sustainable development, providing a framework for action on energy efficiency at every level in countries around the world. In 2006 and 2007 alone, IEA presented a total of 16 recommendations, representing a potential 6,279 million metric tons of saved carbon dioxide per year, to the G8 Summit.
  • Mr. Richard Bennett, Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety, United Technologies Corporation
    A 2008 recipient of a Star of EE Award, UTCbegan measuring and reporting its environmental impactfifteen years ago - long before voluntary environmental reporting was common. In the past 10 years, UTC reduced its own energy use by 20 percent while the company more than doubled in revenues. UTC is now well on its way to achieving its next goal of reducing, by 2020, greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent and water use by 10 percent. Another target is to invest $100 million from 2007 to 2010 in energy conservation projects, including co-generation systems.
  • The Honorable Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Chair, California Energy Commission
    The CEC and its leadership have been recognized through receipt of numerous Alliance awards for their aggressive and forward-thinking energy policies and programs, including their Interim Opinion on Greenhouse Strategies, which is a proposed regulatory framework for meeting the state's California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The framework follows California's "loading order" which puts energy efficiency as the top priority.
  • Mr. Ernesto Heinzelmann, President, Embraco
    The 2008 International Star of EE Award Winner, Embraco is a clear example of technology's role in climate mitigation. The world market leader in energy-efficient reciprocating compressors for refrigeration, their Variable Capacity Compressor (VCC) reduces refrigeration system power use by up to 40 percent compared with a conventional compressor. On a cumulative basis, the energy saved in 2006 by Embraco VCCs around the world would power all the houses in a city the size of Washington, D.C. for 37 days.
  • Mr. Hiroyasu Naito, President, Rinnai Corporation
    Rinnai is being presented with a 2008 Star of Energy Efficiency Award for their role in revolutionizing the residential and commercial water heater industries with their innovative gas appliance technologies. Water heating represents between 13 and 17 percent of residential energy consumption, making it the third largest energy end use in homes. Rinnai's line of high-output, high-efficiency tankless water heaters are up to30 percent more energy efficient than a traditional natural gas water heater and up to50 percent more efficient than an electric water heater, making them another great example of the role technology can play in reducing energy consumption and resulting CO2 emissions.
  • Mr. Hank Courtright, Senior Vice President, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
    EPRI is an award-winning independent scientific research organization focusing on the global electric utility sector. In 2008, EPRI developed the technical foundation and analytical framework for increasing transmission and distribution system efficiency to reduce the electric utility industry's overall greenhouse gas footprint. The program is helping utilities prepare for operating in a carbon-constrained business environment and dealing with related impacts on transmission and distribution (T&D) system operation, maintenance, and planning.
  • The Honorable Jon Wellinghoff, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    The Alliance is proud to present Commissioner Wellinghoff the 2008 Charles H. Percy Award for decades of public service and leadership on energy efficiency, including the creation of a FERC Energy Innovations Sector that implements, promotes, and manages activities in areas including energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation.

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Following this year's International Policy Leaders Dialogue, on the night of September 25th, the Alliance to Save Energy will hold its annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. To reserve your seat along side the "who's who in energy efficiency", visit