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.

  • Germany selected as Chair 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. 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. Penelope (Penny) Sirault is the Branch Head of Home Ratings and Disclosure Branch in the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water based in Canberra, Australia.

She has worked across many energy-related portfolios in Senior Executive roles. Since late 2020, Penny has led residential energy efficiency policy and implementation, including national programs under the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, and minimum standards and labelling requirements for buildings and appliances.

“The need for action on the demand side of the energy equation has never been clearer.  The community of practice through the Hub will help countries seize the abatement, cost-of-living and many other benefits from energy efficiency policies.”
Penny Sirault, Branch Head of Home Ratings and Disclosure


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


Caroline Fedrine

Administrative and Communications Assistant


Juliette Denis-Senez

Analyst (Intern)


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