The Hub is a voluntary collaboration among 16 governments seeking to strengthen their effectiveness in deploying energy efficiency. Its Secretariat is hosted at the International Energy Agency (IEA) to foster coordination with the Agency and with other international organisations, the private sector, and other stakeholders.
The need to strengthen the intergovernmental collaboration on energy efficiency has long been felt by many countries and was reaffirmed at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg in 2017. Germany, then President of the G20, proposed to establish the Energy Efficiency Hub as part of the G20’s actions.
Being based at the IEA will enable the Hub to cooperate effectively with IEA experts and the other key initiatives and activities we host, including the Clean Energy Ministerial. The launch of the Hub is a clear and encouraging signal that momentum is building behind greater energy efficiency action worldwide.Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director
At G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany proposes to establish the Energy Efficiency Hub.
Creation of the Hub is included in G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth.
Founding Hub Members establish a Steering Committee and explore options for hosting the Hub Secretariat.
Proposal to host the Hub Secretariat at the IEA is discussed at its Governing Board meetings.
The IEA Governing Board decides to host the Hub Secretariat as a Special Activity.
The Hub Steering Committee and the IEA Governing Board approve Administrative Arrangement for hosting of the Hub.
Germany selected as Chair of the Hub.
The Hub Steering Committee establishes internal procedures, including rules for approving Task Groups.
The Hub Secretariat is recruited and starts operations in Paris, France.
The Hub launch event is held in December.
The Hub is referenced in Joint G20 Energy-Climate Ministerial Communiqué
The Hub Secretariat becomes fully operational, supporting the work of the Hub’s Task Groups.
The Hub is acknowledged in G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Communiqué.
Australia has succeeded Germany as Chair of the Hub.
Energy Efficiency in Buildings Task Group launched.
The Hub is holding a Special Event at the 8th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in June, 2023.
Hub Members oversee and direct the Hub through a Steering Committee, composed of one representative from each Member.
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and United States.
The Chair is appointed by the Steering Committee to set the direction for the Hub and guide its substantive work.
The Hub has five Vice Chairs – Canada, China, the European Commission, Korea, and the United States – nominated and appointed by the Steering Committee to support the Chair and provide overall leadership between Steering Committee meetings.
The Hub is currently chaired by Australia.
Dr Lesley Dowling, Branch Head, Industrial Energy Efficiency, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water based in Canberra, Australia is the Chair of the Hub.
Dr Dowling has worked across energy, industry, climate change, and low carbon economy portfolios in Senior Executive roles. In her current role in the Australian Government she leads on Industrial Energy Efficiency, supporting economic growth and job creation by empowering and enabling industries and businesses to adopt energy efficient technologies and practices.
“The Energy Efficiency Hub is a critical resource allowing countries to collaborate and share best-practice learnings on targeted areas of energy efficiency, accelerating much-needed global adoption to support energy security,” said Dr Dowling.
Hub Members are supported by a small, dedicated Secretariat.
The Secretariat is responsible for administrative and financial management, organising meetings of the Steering Committee and other Hub events, and facilitating and communicating about the work of the Task Groups. The Secretariat benefits from strong engagement and synergies with the IEA’s energy efficiency activities. Funding for the Hub’s activities is provided by its Members, on a voluntary basis.
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