Thank you to all who attended the Energy Conference 2014 and for your support and participation. We look forward to hosting you again at the next Energy Conference!
A number of presentations are now available for download.
Following the highly successful Energy Conference 2013, I am delighted that the National Energy Research Institute is being joined in partnership by the University of Otago to present the Energy Conference 2014. The conference will be held in Wellington from 19 to 21 March 2014 and is entitled Going Further with Energy: new initiatives for efficiency and productivity.
It has long been recognised that energy efficiency can and should play a major role in our drive to achieve a more sustainable energy system. The IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2012, amongst many other significant reports, highlights the importance of, and opportunity presented by, improved energy efficiency:
Efficiency in energy use is just as important to the future energy balance as unconstrained energy supply. Despite years of persistent pursuit, the potential of energy efficiency remains largely untapped. (World Energy Outlook, IEA, 2012)
Whilst the IEA report makes a very convincing case for greater uptake of efficiency measures, the goal of realising these has remained surprisingly and frustratingly elusive. The report provides a wealth of data that demonstrates the potential to save energy equivalent to 18% of global energy consumption in 2010 by 2035. Similar statistics are available for New Zealand but, again, the potential is not matched by the reality.
The Energy Conference 2014 takes efficiency out of the shadows and presents it as a new fuel. The conference aims to share new findings, initiatives and innovations that can improve productivity and wellbeing by making energy go further.
We are far from realising efficiency potentials in transport, industrial processes, households, energy supply and transmission, systems optimisation and many other fields. The conference is an opportunity to ‘think big’ about energy efficiency, to challenge assumptions about its potential, and to share cutting-edge research and innovation.
We look forward to welcoming delegates from universities, research institutes, businesses, Maori organisations, NGOs, professions, and government agencies. Keynotes will include international experts, NZ researchers and NZ businesses taking the lead in efficiency. All papers will be to the full plenary, and we will include quick-fire pecha kucha sessions to stimulate thinking and encourage debate.
The conference follows immediately after the 43rd International Energy Agency Demand-Side Management meeting which is being hosted in Wellington, offering the opportunity for delegates to network with colleagues from Europe during the week of the conference.
I look forward to seeing you there and to your participation in this important event aimed at progressing New Zealand’s development towards a sustainable energy future.
Chief Executive, NERI, & Conference Convenor