European Energy Efficiency Conference

Efficient use of electricity at home, in business and in industry - efficient appliances and equipment - programmes, campaigns and financing

Date:5-7 March 2008
Venue: Stadthalle Wels, A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria

Conference fee:

150 Euro (plus 10% VAT)

Conference language:

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Organisation and conference office:O.Ö. Energiesparverband
Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
Fax +43/732/7720-14383
office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at



Opening and Welcome
Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria


Promoting energy efficiency worldwide
Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy, USA


The "National Energy Efficiency Actions Plans" – analysis and comparison
Ralf Schüle, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH, Germany


Barriers and drivers to investments in energy efficiency
B. Sudhakara Reddy, Indira Gandhi Instiute of Development Research, India


Energy efficiency – the results of the IPCC Assessment Report
Diane Ürge-Vorsatz/Aleksandra Novikova, Central European University, Hungary


Discussion/Coffee break

Round-Table "Making energy efficiency in buildings happen"


Gerhard Dell, Energy Commissioner, Director, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
Priit Enok, European Commission/EACI
Jens H. Laustsen, International Energy Agency
John Goodall, Director Technical and Environmental Affairs, European Construction Industry Federation
Andrew Warren, Senior Advisor, EuroACE
Catrin Maby, Director, Severn Wye Energy Agency Ltd, UK
Ludwig Rongen, Rongen Architekten, Germany
Eduardo B. Maldonado, University of Porto, Portugal

Chairperson: Johannes Jetschgo, ORF


Discussion/Lunch break

The European Energy Efficiency Conference also includes the following events:

Energy efficiency is a major trend: the sharp energy price increases with wide economic and social implications, the longer-term issues of security of supply as well as the climate protection commitments draw the attention of many decision makers to energy efficiency right now. Several important European initiatives provide a framework for rapid market development as well as the requirement to act: among them, the directive on "Energy Efficiency and Energy Services" which requires National Energy Efficiency Action Plans as well as the recent decision of the European Council to improve energy efficiency by 20 % until 2020. Therefore, in all member states, but also in many regions and municipalities, strategies and programmes are currently under preparation to help companies, private households and public bodies to decrease their energy costs. The emerging new markets for energy services offer enormous opportunities for employment, innovation and economic growth in Europe. Following the success of the first two "European Energy Efficiency Conferences", held in 2006 and 2007 in Wels which each attracted over 550 participants, the conference will address economic, technical, political, legal and institutional questions relating to energy efficiency, with a special focus on how public bodies, private households and businesses can reduce their energy costs and profit economically and at the same time protect the environment and the climate.