Consumption, Efficiency and Limits: Amber Sharick report on the 2017 ECEEE Summer Study

23 Jun 2017

UKERC once again served as a co-sponsor of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s Summer Study. 

This week-long conference took place the first week of June in the south of France and brought together nearly 400 folks from academia, industry and governments around the theme of “Consumption, Efficiency & Limits.” 

The unique event provides an unrivaled opportunity to talk shop (over breakfast, over petanque, over paddleboarding in the Med).  This year’s theme had many debating sufficiency versus efficiency.  This debate carried over into the UKERC solutions workshop “Around the world in 80 minutes: what’s working for energy efficiency?” where a group of around 30 discussed what is (and isn’t) working in Australia, Pakistan, the US, the UK and Europe. 

Feedback on the session was positive—so despite covering a wide geographical area the conversation didn’t totally derail.  Between the panels and plenaries there was a nice balance between strategic discussions (finance, investor confidence, positioning in a volatile political environment) and technical topics.  Local/community action to support energy efficiency provided some positive counterpoint to a backdrop of worrying recent reversals by national governments.