private sector leadership for energy efficiency in Houston, Texas
at a glance
In early October 2014, the WBCSD and US BCSD hosted a deep-dive workshop to support the development and implementation of ambitious, practical strategies for reducing building energy consumption by 30% or more in the Houston market. To achieve that goal, various stakeholders in Houston’s commercial building sector convened to diagnose and tackle key barriers to energy efficiency, recommend practical action plans for achieving market transformation to improve energy efficiency, and establish clearly defined stakeholder commitments.
a short history
Recognizing the significance of energy consumption by buildings, which account for about 40% of energy consumption in the United States, the WBCSD initiated the cross-industry Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project.
First phase of the EEB project (EEB1.0) is completed, seeking to create an understanding of both the challenges and opportunities within the building sector, and delivering a roadmap for market transformation to improve energy efficiency. (read more)
Against this background, with much evidence on benefits of energy efficiency in buildings and further supporting recommendations on implementation published since, the WBCSD launched EEB2.0, with the aim of working with partners to trigger market transformation and seek 1,000 commitments from decision makers to undertake bold actions.
The objective of the EEB2.0 project is to unlock financially viable energy efficiency investments that today are not being realized because of mostly “non-technical” barriers; e.g., lack of awareness/capacity, financial constraints, regulatory impediments, and key stakeholder conflicts of interest, which block many building market stakeholders from acting.
The cornerstone of each local market engagement is the EEB Laboratory (EEB Lab), which aims to get a clear understanding of the market situation, and, with the help of a panel of experts, recommend actions. Houston is the fifth such engagement, joining San Francisco, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Warsaw in leading the way in this important proof of concept work.
The Houston EEB Laboratory took place on 8-10 October 2014 at the conference center of Thompson & Knight LLP in Three Allen Center and Rice University’s prestigious James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The Laboratory brought together key building decision makers and a variety of important stakeholders to facilitate dialogue, definition of action, and commitments on the subject of energy efficiency in buildings.
October 8th, Thompson & Knight
a panel of experts will facilitated a series of interviews with decision makers and critical stakeholders in Houston, Texas to gain an understanding of the state of play in the market and the opportunities for action.
October 9th, Thompson & Knight
this panel of experts interpreted and consolidated the interviews and facilitated cross sector dialogue during a series of roundtables on subjects that constitute the most significant barriers to investment in energy efficiency. Opportunities for action were defined, and stakeholder commitments were pursued.
October 10th, Rice University
a high level plenary session concluded the Laboratory with the feedback on the actions, commitments and next steps defined during the Laboratory. Speakers included business leaders from the Houston area, energy efficiency experts, and senior city representatives.
October 10, 2014 | Rice University
Venue: James A. Baker III Hall
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 (map and detailed directions)
Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage – Baker Hall is just a short walk away.
|7:15 to 8:15am||Coffee and Breakfast|
|8:30 to 8:50am||Plenary Opening
Speakers: Andy Mangan, US BCSD; Roland Hunziker, WBCSD; Laura Spanjian, City of Houston; John Anderson, Rice University
|8:50 to 9:20am||The Business Case for Energy Efficiency
Speakers: Gerald Hines, Hines
|9:20 to 10:15am||Key Findings from the Houston EEB Laboratory
Speakers: Bill Sisson, UTC; Harvey Dunham, Schneider Electric; Charlene Heydinger, Keeping Pace in Texas; Gavin Dillingham, Houston Advanced Research Center; others TBA
|10:30 to 11:30am||Private Sector Call to Action
Speakers: Doug Schuler, Rice University (moderator); Chuck Wemple, Houston-Galveston Area Council; Walter Ulrich, Houston Technology Center; Marvin Odom, Shell (invitation pending); Nisha Desai, NRG; others TBA
|11:30 to 12:00pm||Wrap Up & Next Steps
Speakers: Andy Mangan, US BCSD; Roland Hunziker, WBCSD
Please RSVP for the plenary using the form below.
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