ECEEE 2017 Summer Study on energy efficiency: consumption, efficiency and limits

29 May - 3 June 2017
Amber Sharick , Club Belambra "Les Criques", France

UKERC is delighted to be sponsoring this year's European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study on energy efficiency, themed on the topic of consumption, efficiency and limits.

The 2015 Paris climate change agreement has set a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and the aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Energy efficiency is a key mitigation instrument. But efficiency alone will not be sufficient to reach this goal. We also need to look beyond efficiency improvements towards how we can reduce absolute energy demand. Besides lowering energy intensity, increasing productivity and optimising resource use, what are the critical elements and foundations of a sustainable society that addresses sufficiency and limits?

Held for the first time in 1993, the Summer Study now gathers 450 energy efficiency professionals for five full days. The setting is informal and the vision is shared: to explore and expand the evidence and intricacies of energy efficiency to increase our understanding and knowledge base. The atmosphere is energised: nine panels with over 200 peer-reviewed papers, 50 informal sessions, solutions workshops, evening plenaries and more.

The venue is Club Belambra "Les Criques", located on a peninsula close to Toulon/Hyères in the South of France. The site was completely renovated in 2010, and is fully accessible for disabled participants. With 360 apartments, it allows more than 450 participants to join. The venue offers excellent conference facilities with all conference rooms situated close to each other, allowing participants to easily move between parallel panels and presentations. All accommodation is offered in Belambra’s apartments, each containing two bedrooms. The beach is nearby, and there are volleyball, tennis and pétanque courts, and the surrounding area offers stunning scenery.

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UKERC will be hosting a Solutions Workshop on 1 June entitled Around the world in 80 minutes: what’s working for energy efficiency?  The workshop will be broken into two halves with the first focused on the UK and Europe and the second on a few of the large energy economies, e.g., China, India and the US. 

We have invited panellists representing industry, finance, civil society and academia and are soliciting questions via Twitter (#UKERC80) and email.  This workshop will provide an opportunity to share successes and take stock of challenges facing energy efficiency implementation and uptake. 

During the Summer Study, we also plan on hosting a showcase of UK academics working on local and community energy solutions/tools/case studies.  In addition to showcasing relevant research, the informal session will provide the opportunity for expert exchange and networking.  During the Summer Study, UKERC’s Industry Network Manager, Amber Sharick will be on-site and, in addition to her usual duties, can be expected to wrangle together a UKERC-sponsored petanque team or two to compete in the traditional Summer Study tournament.