Johnson Controls, Inc. and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation today announced the members of the Executive Council of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum. The Council will ensure the quality of topics to be covered during the first Forum, which takes place in Monaco on 26 April. The Council aims at stimulating the dialogue and debate around energy efficiency policy and programs.
The Council comprises leaders from government, NGOs, the private sector and academia, and includes:
· Steve Howard, CEO, The Climate Group
· Luc Bas, Head of Government Relations Europe, The Climate Group
· Samantha Smith, Head of Kyoto Business Development, Statoil Hydro
· Professor Dr. Philippe Haspeslagh, Dean of the Vlerick Management School
· Agostino Renna, VP & GM, Sales & Marketing / South & Central Europe, Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls
· Lionel Schutz, Director of Business Development, The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
· Raoul Viora, Secretary of Monegasque Committee, World Energy Council
· Gilles Tonelli, Government Counsellor, Facilities, Environment and Town Planning - Monaco
The Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum brings together senior policy makers, NGOs and decision makers from the public and private sector in the European Union and Mediterranean basin to drive action around energy efficiency. The event will take place on Monday, 26 April 2010 at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco and is based on the successful model that its North American counterpart has established for the past 20 years.
The Executive Council gathers thought-leaders and recognised leaders in their fields who will add their unique expertise and views to the debate on how to reach the full potential of energy saving measures to contribute to the fight against climate change. The members of the Council have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of activities to promote or further understand energy efficiency and the need for action. In coming together, the Council will provide a nucleus to drive the Euro-Mediterranean region forward.
"Energy efficiency is a win-win. Globally, it could provide around one quarter of the emissions cuts necessary to halt global warming, and save businesses and households hundreds of billions of dollars per year in energy costs. What's more, these measures are relatively cheap, quick and easy to implement," said Steve Howard, CEO of the Climate Group.
"It is important for executive decision makers to fully grasp the economic and ecological implications of the energy savings issue for their organizations. As business schools we have a responsibility to help push the envelope on this agenda," commented Professor Dr. Philippe Haspeslagh, Dean Vlerick Management School.
The Forum is the first outcome of the strategic alliance Johnson Controls and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation formed in 2009 and will set the tone for further initiatives from the alliance to educate and influence governments, businesses and individuals to think and act on energy efficiency and climate change.
Source: Johnson Controls