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US-German energy efficiency event in Berlin, May 3rd – May 5th 2017

Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of Germany's energy transition ("Energiewende"). It is also a key element of energy policy in the United States, with some states leading with particularly innovative efficiency measures. Both countries have implemented successful policies and are facing similar challenges.

In order to strengthen the bilateral transatlantic cooperation and allow for an exchange of lessons learned and best practices, Ulrich Benterbusch, Deputy Director-General Efficiency and heat in industry and households, Sustainable mobility at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), invited leaders and experts in energy efficiency from both countries to a three-day event consisting of:

  • A one day workshop in which energy efficiency policies from both countries were introduced and discussed by leading experts from government institutions, non-profit organizations as well as industry associations. A particular focus was on energy efficiency measures in the industrial sector. The workshop consisted of 30 participants and provided the opportunity for all participants to actively engage in the discussion with the aim of discussing recent developments, deepening understanding of common challenges and sharing policy experiences.
  • Two half day visits of innovative efficiency projects in the city of Berlin. These included objects in the buildings sector as well as in the heating and industrial sectors.

The bilateral event took place following a G20 conference on energy efficiency hosted by the German Federal Government in Hamburg on May 2nd.