Government-to-Government Collaboration on Energy Efficiency

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

The Hub Timeline

  • 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.

  • The Hub Steering Committee establishes internal procedures, including rules for approving Task Groups.

  1. Leadership
  2. Operations


Hub Members oversee and direct the Hub through a Steering Committee, composed of one representative from each Member.

The Hub has 16 founding Members

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. Currently, the Hub is chaired by Germany.

The Chair is appointed by the Steering Committee to set the direction for the Hub and guide its substantive work. Currently, the Hub is chaired by Germany.

Ulrich Benterbusch, Deputy Director-General, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, is the first Chair of the Energy Efficiency Hub. 

Previously, Ulrich held positions in the Economic Affairs Ministry, the Federal Chancellery, the International Energy Agency in Paris and as director of the German Energy Agency (dena). Currently, his portfolio includes energy efficiency, gaseous energy carriers, and heat networks.

“To meet global challenges requires all countries to do better, and—working in concert with other international organisations—the Hub will strive to share its work more broadly, and to learn from others,” said Mr. Benterbusch.

“I consider energy efficiency to be the very ‘first fuel’ because it is crucial to address climate change and make our energy supplies more secure while also leaving money in our pockets,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director. “I am very pleased to see countries coming together as part of the Energy Efficiency Hub to accelerate efforts in this critical area.”

The Hub has six Vice Chairs, currently Australia, Canada, China, European Commission, Korea, and the United States. The Vice Chairs are nominated and appointed by the Steering Committee to support the Chair and provide overall leadership between Steering Committee meetings.


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.


Jonathan Sinton

Head of Secretariat


Kristina Klimovich

Programme Officer


Anne Kost

Analyst (Intern)


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