Why the IEA’s 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency is more relevant than ever
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World leaders from government and industry will meet in the southern Denmark city of Sønderborg in early June for the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency at a time when energy efficiency solutions have never been more relevant, and needed.

The conference is hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, with private sector support from global engineering firm Danfoss.

The focus of the conference will be to discuss how international ambition on energy efficiency can be translated into faster and stronger real-world progress. This comes at a particularly critical time, as governments ramp up ambitious plans to tackle the climate crisis and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while concurrently strengthening energy security.

The conference will bring together leaders from business and politics, including more than 20 confirmed ministers, the highest ministerial presence ever for this conference, to focus on how international ambition and collaboration on energy efficiency can provide much-needed progress towards carbon neutral and low carbon economies. The event, which runs from Tuesday 7 June to Thursday 9 June 2022, will focus on concrete and practical action, enabled by new technology, to halt needless energy waste across industry, transport, construction and existing buildings. Together, the IEA, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, and Danfoss, will present the role and opportunity for energy efficiency technology in building a global path to net zero emissions in the energy sector by 2050, and explain how these solutions can tackle current energy security and market pressures.

Why is energy efficient so critical right now?

The science is clear: we need to act on climate change today. Decarbonization, energy security and lower energy bills all go hand-in-hand. But most importantly, if the world is to meet climate goals to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, energy efficiency measures must be called on to deliver a large, worldwide reduction in emissions.

This urgent demand for action on energy efficiency will be the main focus of the IEA’s 7th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency. It will also build on the IEA’s recent work on how to reduce energy import dependence while strengthening progress towards net zero imperatives.

Kim Fausing, Danfoss President and CEO said: “The science is clear and now it’s time to take action. Everyone needs to roll up their sleeves, take the green transition much more seriously and implement the technologies that are readily available today.”

“The conference will underline the importance of urgent action, but will also show decision-makers how solutions such as those at the local supermarket, housing association and manufacturing industry are already implemented and making a real difference. We will move out of the conference room and talk to local businesses who can testify that the greenest, most affordable, most secure energy is the energy we don’t use.” 

Who will be speaking at the 7th Annual Conference on Energy Efficiency?

The main conference chairs are Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director at the IEA, and Dan Jørgensen, Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities.

They will be joined by governmental contributors from across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific, with representatives including Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi, Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy and COP27 President; Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy from the African Union Commission; Alok Sharma COP26 president and representative for the UK government: the Secretary of State for Economy and Climate from Germany, Patrick Graichen; Anna Moskwa, Minister of Climate and Environment, Poland; Arifin Tasrif, Indonesia’s Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, and many more.

There are also a number of private sector contributors, such as Danfoss’ Kim Fausing; Nana Bule, CEO of Microsoft Denmark and Iceland; Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE; Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council; and Paula Glover, President of the Alliance to Save Energy. The full list of contributors can be found on

The agenda for the conference can also be accessed on the IEA website