International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation

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International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)
Map of MEF members


IPEEC Members

 European Union
 South Korea
 South Africa
 United Kingdom
 United States

The Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) is a high-level international forum which includes developed and developing countries. Its purpose is to enhance global cooperation in the field of energy efficiency (EE) and to facilitate policies that yield energy efficiency gains across all sectors globally.[1] IPEEC was founded in May 2009 and represents a milestone in the improvement of energy efficiency, generally referred to as the use of the least amount of energy per unit of production and/or population. IPEEC promotes energy efficiency worldwide by exchanging information related to energy efficiency, developing partnerships between energy efficiency actors and supporting energy efficient initiatives.[2] IPEEC supported initiatives are open to both member and non-member nations as well as the private sector.[3]

IPEEC has two core committees: the Executive Committee and the Policy Committee. Both these committees meet twice a year to determine the forward work program and discuss results of current and previous projects.[4]


At the Gleneagles (2005) and the St.Petersburg (2006) Summits, the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries emphasized the need for global cooperation in the field of 33rd G8 summit at Heiligendamm in June 2007,[5] the G8 approved an EU proposal for an international initiative on energy efficiency and decided to explore the most efficient way to promote energy efficiency worldwide, jointly with the International Energy Agency (IEA).[6]

Since its creation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1974, the IEA has promoted energy efficiency. However its members are all developed countries. The growing economic interdependence among nations, the increasingly globalized energy market and the environmental issues affecting every country make the idea of a worldwide forum particularly relevant. IPEEC provides a forum that opens up a dialogue on energy, economic and environment issues between developed and developing nations as well as the private sector.[7]

One year after the Heiligendamm Summit, on 8 June 2008, in Aomori, at the Energy Ministerial meeting hosted by Japan during its G8 Presidency, the energy ministers from the G8 and from China, India, South Korea and the European Community agreed to establish the IPEEC.[8] In the Aomori Declaration, signed on June 8, 2008, the energy ministers acknowledged that "all countries , both developed and developing, share common interests for improving their energy efficiency performance", and that "developed countries need to play an important role in cooperation with developing countries, accelerating dissemination and transfer of best practices and efficient technologies".[9]

On May 24, 2009 in Rome, the G8 members, China, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico signed the Terms of Reference of the IPEEC.[10] This group signature officially created the IPEEC. The same day, the representatives of these countries also signed the Memorandum' asking the IEA to host the IPEEC Secretariat.[11]

The 9th meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Ministers in Japan in 2010 resulted in the Fukui Declaration that supported IPEEC’s goal by stating that "improving energy efficiency is one of the quickest, greenest and most cost-effective ways to address energy security, economic growth and climate change challenges at the same time".[12]


Members of IPEEC as of October 2014 are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States. IPEEC members currently account for over 75% of global GDP and energy-use.[4]


MEER (Making Energy Efficiency Real) is a database that provides a list of multilateral and bilateral energy efficiency initiatives implemented in IPEEC’s member countries. This continuously updated database has the objective to map all the energy efficiency programs so that it can analyse how these energy efficiency programs can complement national energy efficiency policies.

Sectorial Initiatives
Appliances, buildings, and industries are the three sectors that IPEEC is looking into as these three account for a major portion of energy consumption. IPEEC’s aim in these sectors is to implement appropriate policies and technical innovations that will promote energy efficiency.

Institutional Capacity Building and Training
IPEEC works to develop meaningful partnerships and networks, and to pass on the effectiveness of certain energy efficiency policies. IPEEC conducts conferences, webinars, and publishes newsletters. This increased awareness can improve the design, implementation and evaluation of new policies and programs. IPEEC’s website resources help build stakeholder capacity to implement energy efficient measures.

Partnerships and Networks
IPEEC Partnerships and networks amongst the stakeholders promote information exchange on effective regulations, market-based instruments and financial instruments. This enhances awareness of best practices, lessons learnt and best available technologies for energy efficiency improvements.

Policies, Regulations and Finance Mechanisms
IPEEC promotes effective policies and regulations to accelerate market transformation that can improve economy-wide energy efficiency. The appropriate finance mechanisms are necessary for this transformation.

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