Press Release: Pew Center Hosts Corporate Energy Efficiency Conference and Report Launch

Press Release
April 6, 2010
Contact: Diana Burkett, 571-283-5013, burkettd@c2es.org


 

PEW CENTER HOSTS CORPORATE ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONFERENCE AND REPORT LAUNCH
Report Highlights Dramatic Energy Savings through Energy Efficiency Initiatives 

Washington, D.C. – Leaders from business, government, and non-profit organizations gathered in Chicago today at a conference hosted by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change to discuss ways to advance energy efficiency in the private sector.

Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center, John Rowe, Chairman and CEO of Exelon, Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy, Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy, and Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of the Environment will be among those speaking at the April 6-7 conference at the Downtown Chicago Marriott.

The two-day conference will focus on key takeaways from a newly-launched Pew Center report titled “From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency”.  This report documents leading-edge corporate energy efficiency strategies and provides guidance and resources for businesses looking to reduce energy use, save money and shrink their carbon footprints. The report covers efficiency strategies for internal operations, supply chains, products and services, and cross-cutting issues.

“Our report highlights a paradigm shift in how companies view and manage energy,” said Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. “Driven by higher energy prices and concerns about climate change, leading firms are making energy efficiency a top priority, and reporting billions of dollars in savings and millions of tons of avoided greenhouse gas emissions as a result.”

The report is part of a multi-year project led by the Pew Center and funded by a three-year grant from Toyota.  The project included a detailed survey of major corporations; in-depth case studies of six companies; workshops on key energy efficiency topics; broader research in the corporate energy field; and development of a web portal to provide a platform for updating key findings from the project and providing tools, resources, and other important information. The Pew Center will follow the conference with additional communications and outreach events to help perpetuate the key findings of the research.

“Toyota is committed to conserving energy in all of our business activities. We know that energy efficiency is a sound business and environmental strategy,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, Toyota Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. “We’re pleased to partner with the Pew Center on this cutting edge project to advance energy efficiency to other companies and the public.”

Topics that will be addressed at the conference include emerging issues in corporate energy efficiency; overcoming barriers, including capital constraints and organizational disconnects; the role of employees and senior management in energy efficiency; managing energy data in large corporations; and leveraging partnerships and communicating with consumers.

The complete conference agenda and speaker bios are available at www.c2es.org/energy-efficiency/conference. Conference presentations will be available after the conference at www.c2es.org/energy-efficiency.

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The Pew Center was established in May 1998 as a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.