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3rd Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Forum - Going Further, Faster - Together

3-5 April 2017 | New York, US

Highlights for Monday, 3 April 2017

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Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, opens the 3rd SEforAll Forum

SEforAll On Monday morning, Rachel Kyte, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, opened the third SEforAll Forum, inviting participants to the “market place” to share ideas, forge partnerships, drive investments and urge action.

In the morning, participants attended a session on Marshalling the Evidence, focusing on the latest data on productivity for high-impact countries, including the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors to “go further, faster.” This was followed by a Knowledge into Action session, during which energy leaders discussed how they are using ambitious policies and incentives to harness the potential of energy efficiency. In a session on the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, high-level panellists discussed the importance of engaging cities in sustainable energy, including on transportation, power supply and energy efficiency in building.

During the lunchtime Dive-Deep sessions, utility leaders discussed significant advances in energy productivity, policy makers talked about transforming their energy and transport systems while creating jobs and economic growth, and industry leaders explored how increasing energy productivity is good for the “bottom line.”

In the afternoon, participants attended Partner Working Sessions on: the potential role of energy in decarbonizing the transport system; the role of results-based financing in realizing sustainable energy for all; a deep dive on the findings of the Global Tracking Framework 2017; the best practices and high impact opportunities in the industrial energy efficiency of India and China; corporate early adopters and disruptors of energy productivity; addressing the data challenge in Africa; tackling heating and cooling in cities; accelerating the efficiency of electricity access; increasing private sector competitiveness through energy management systems; overcoming the barriers to clean energy mini-grid deployment; increasing energy efficiency markets in Latin America and the Caribbean; financing urban building efficiency; and how super-efficient appliances can change the face of energy access.

The day concluded with a first session of Disruptive Voices on reframing energy efficiency to unleash this energy opportunity, and a presentation on ways of shifting public behavior to accelerate the energy transition during the evening networking reception.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the 3rd SEforAll Forum. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has produced a summary report of the Forum in HTML and PDF.

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The Wake-Up Call

(L-R): Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All, Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); and Charles Holliday, Chair, Board of Directors, Royal Dutch Shell


Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, IEA

Charles Holliday, Chair, Board of Directors, Royal Dutch Shell


The dais and participants during the event


Marshalling the Evidence

Participants watched a video on sustainable energy for all


Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council

Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, IEA, and Patrick Oliva, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group


(L-R): Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council; Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, IEA; and Patrick Oliva, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group


(L-R): Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager, Enel Group; Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO, Dangote Foundation; and Jules Kortenhorst, Rocky Mountain Institute


Participants listen to the address from Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager, Enel Group


(L-R): Jennifer Layke, Global Director, Energy Program, World Resources Institute (WRI), and Josué Tanaka, Managing Director, Operational Strategy and Planning, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


Knowledge into Action

(L-R): Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the Global Environment Facility (GEF); Nawal Al-Hosany, Executive Director, Masdar, and Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize; Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Quebec; Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll; Tanya Müller García, Secretary of Environment, Mexico City; Philip Lowe, Executive Chair, World Energy Trilemma, World Energy Council; and James Wilde, Managing Director, Innovation and Policy and Markets, Carbon Trust


Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

(L-R): Michael Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 108th Mayor of New York City; David Westin, Co-Anchor, Bloomberg Daybreak Americas, Bloomberg Television; Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Convener, Mission 2020; and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, Energy Union, European Commission (EC)


The Deep Dive: Smart Policy

(L-R): Sheila Watson, Deputy Director and Director of Environment and Research, FIA Foundation; Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, Energy Union, EC; Drew Kodjak, Executive Director, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT); Irene Cañas, Vice Minister for Energy, Costa Rica; and Patrick Oliva, Senior Vice-President, External Relations, Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group


The Deep Dive: Good Utility

(L-R): James Spalding, General Director, Itaipu Binacional, Paraguay; Ragna Árnadóttir, Landsvirkjun, National Power Company, Iceland; António Mexia, Energias de Portugal (EDP); and Kate Steel, Energy Director, Power Africa, USAID


Participants during the session


The Deep Dive: Towards the Bottom Line - The Business Case for Doubling Energy Productivity

(L-R): Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting; Lasse Wallquist, Senior Environmental Management Specialist, Swiss Re; Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director, New York Office, UN Environment; Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls; and Josué Tanaka, Managing Director, Operational Strategy and Planning, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, EBRD


Global Tracking Framework 2017 - Deep Dive on the Findings

(L-R): Jane Ebinger, Director of Policy, SEforAll; Brian Dean, IEA; Hannah Daly, IEA; Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, IEA; and Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All


(L-R): Jane Ebinger, Director of Policy, SEforAll; Soteri Gatera, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Manlio Coviello, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Sergey Tulinov, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP); and Robert Scott, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


What Role Can Energy Play in Decarbonizing the Transport System?

(L-R): Allauddin Anuar, Deputy Director General (Sectoral), Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia; Hans Olav Ibrekk, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sheila Watson, Deputy Director and Director of Environment and Research, FIA Foundation; Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21; Patrick Oliva, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group; and Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport


The Role of Results-Based Financing in Realising Sustainable Energy for All

(L-R): Ruben Walker, Director, African Clean Energy (ACE); Gareth Martin, Head of Sustainable Energy, Climate and Environment, UK Department for International Development (DFID); Léonide Michael Sinsin, Director, ARESS Solar Distribution Company; Marcel Raats, Co-manager, Energising Development (EnDev) Program, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO); and Tom Derksen, Managing Director, Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV) - the Netherlands' Development Organisation


Accelerating the Efficiency of Electricity Access

(L-R): Robert Denda, Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks; Hannah Daly, IEA; Anna Paola Minervini, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Enel Green Power Spa; and Philippe Scholtès, Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


(L-R): Hannah Daly, IEA; Stuart Neil, World Energy Council; Francesco Catucci, Enel Green Power; Pepukaye Bardouille, International Finance Corporation; Thomas Andrè, Schneider Electric; Aaron Leopold, Practical Action; and Robert Denda, Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks


Industrial Energy Efficiency: Experience, Best Practices and High Impact Opportunities in India and China

(L-R): James Wilde, Managing Director, Innovation and Policy and Markets, Carbon Trust; Sören Dengg, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Sheng Zhou, Institute of Energy Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University; Xianli Zhu, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency; Hemanth Kumar, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL); and Mark Lister, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency


Tackling Heating and Cooling in Cities: What Does it Take?

Gina Hall, Carbon Trust

Miodrag Grujić, Secretariat for Environment Protection, Belgrade, Serbia


Participants during the event


Increasing Private Sector Competitiveness through Energy Management Systems (EnMS)

(L-R): Anfis Sadriev, CNH Industrial Russia; Alberto Fossa, Director, Newen Creative Engineering; Aimee McKane, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; David Rodgers, the GEF; Philippe Scholtès, Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation, UNIDO; James Wilde, Managing Director, Innovation and Policy and Markets, Carbon Trust; and Prodipto Roy, Senior Program Associate, ClimateWorks Foundation


Overcoming the Barriers to Clean Energy Mini-Grid Deployment

(L-R): Alexia Kelly, CEO, Microgrid Investment Accelerator; Hari Natarajan, CEO, Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN), India; Mayank Bhargava, Managing Director, Next Gen Solar; Suman Sureshbabu, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation; Daniel Schroth, African Development Bank (AfDB); Faruk Yusuf Yabo, Federal Ministry of Power, Nigeria; Dean Cooper, Chair, Clean Energy Mini-Grids Partnership; and Guilherme Collares Pereira, Energias de Portugal


Financing Urban Building Efficiency

(L-R): Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor, Warsaw, Poland; Bruce Schlein, Citi; Marcene Broadwater, Global Head of Strategy and Business Development, Climate Business Department, International Finance Corporation; Juan Camilo González, Bogotá Mayor’s Office; Petar Vasiljevic, Beogradske Elektrane; and Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability Johnson Controls


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