Energy Efficiency Policies and Indicators

Energy efficiency has for years been considered as the panacea which would help address many of the important energy-related issues from security of supply to environmental implications of energy production and use, to global competitiveness, financing and social equity.  There is no single answer to explain why energy efficiency is not yet happening on a large scale.  The World Energy Council’s knowledge networks on Energy Efficiency examine the issue focusing on two main areas: policies & indicators.

Policies & Indicators

Building on the research conducted over the last two decades,  this study examines and evaluates energy efficiency trends and policies around the world and identifies the key success factors for policies’ implementation.  Analysis of the interaction between energy efficiency policies and energy efficiency performance of economies is at the heart of this evaluation. A global survey is conducted to catalogue energy efficiency policies and measures and identify prevailing trends.  The 86 countries covered in the most recent survey make it the most comprehensive assessment available worldwide.  The knowledge network runs two online Energy Efficiency databases containing information on Energy Efficiency Indicators and Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures.

François Moisan, Leader of Energy Efficiency Policies

WP_Franois MoisanDr François Moisan leads the policies part of Knowledge Network on Energy Efficiency. Dr Moisan is Executive Director of Strategy, Research & International Affairs and Scientific Director of ADEME, the public agency in charge of implementing French policies in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and environment. He is Co-Chair of the IPEEC Executive Committee, and he was the French Delegate and Chairman (2002-2004) of the Energy Efficiency working party of the International Energy Agency. Dr Moisan was elected Chairman of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) (2002-2006). He has been working in the energy efficiency policies arena for more than 30 years and he is a member of several national and international committees. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité de Paris, 1972) and a doctorate in Economic Science (Université de Grenoble, 1983).


The main objective of the technologies workis to review the current patterns of energy use across the energy value chain. This includes exploration, extraction and transport of primary energy, its transformation, transport and distribution, final consumption and decommissioning/waste management. The result produces an estimate of the improvement potentials in terms of energy savings.

The recent developments in the global energy sector, including rapid increases in energy prices and the mounting concerns about security of supply and the environment, have created significant interest in improving efficiencies throughout the entire energy value chain. This work significantly enhances the understanding of what works and what is less effective at improving energy efficiency in the global energy system.

Klaus Willnow, Leader of Energy Efficiency Technologies

WP_Klaus WillnowDr Klaus Willnow is the Leader of the technologies part of the Knowledge Network on Energy Efficiency. Dr Willnow is Director of External Innovation Corporation at Siemens Energy. He joined Siemens in 1996 as part of the nuclear project management team, and was responsible for civil engineering and R&D projects of nuclear plants in Germany and Eastern Europe. He represented Siemens Power Generation in Brussels and Berlin, before becoming Programme Coordinator for R&D activities with the European Commission. Dr Willnow later became the head of Enterprise Communications of Siemens Power Generation, before moving on to head the department of External Innovation Cooperation of Siemens Energy in 2008. Dr Willnow is a member of the EU Technology Platform of Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plant (ZEP), and was chairman of the Task Force of Public Communications until Jan 2012. Dr Wilnow is also a board member of the Energy Solution Center in Karlsruhe. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Hagen and a doctorate in civil engineering from the Ruhr-University of Bochum.

“The work of our knowledge network will give policy makers and industry leaders a unique overview and insight into the value, potential and impact of Energy Efficiency Technologies. The latest information helps to quantify potentials by introducing energy efficient technologies in the various fields along the entire energy value chain. WEC with its global and well-established network of experts is able to produce recommendations relevant to all countries and energy systems.”

For further information, contact: Zulandi Van Der Westhuizen, Deputy Director, Scenarios & Resources

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