Energetics has provided support and expertise to many U.S. government clients for more than 35 years. But did you know that our work extends to many international efforts and clients as well? Several of our current projects have a bilateral, multilateral, or global reach, and we have experience successfully executing projects across six continents, in multiple languages, and on a wide range of clean energy and technology related topics, for clients that include national governments, multinational companies, and international organizations. Through exciting projects such as the current work outlined below, Energetics staff provide expert analysis and communications support on efforts related to clean energy, energy efficiency, climate change, clean transport, and electricity transmission around the world.
The recent opening of a new Energetics office in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region indicates just how far we have come along the global path. Led by MENA region Managing Director Ridah Sabouni, Energetics’ new Dubai office will help our firm better serve regional national governments and other organizations interested in developing policies and practices that are more energy efficient and sustainable for the future.
Energetics is also supporting superconductivity work around the world. Program Director Brian Marchionini recently joined policy makers and energy researchers from 20 countries in Paris to discuss expanding and enhancing International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreements (IAs). Brian represented the Superconductivity IA in a brainstorming session with the new IEA director and joined the Superconductivity IA chairman in presenting a request to extend the IA for another five years. Brian and his team are coauthoring a superconducting roadmap for electric power systems, working in partnership with Japan’s International Superconductivity Technology Center (ISTEC).
Energetics also supports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of International Affairs’ efforts to advance clean energy worldwide. For example, we assist with DOE’s coordination of Mission Innovation, a new initiative of 20 countries and 28 business leaders who have pledged to double investments in clean energy research and development (R&D) over five years. Energetics supported the launch of the initiative, which was announced by President Obama and other world leaders at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. For several years, Energetics has supported the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a global forum of energy ministers that encourages the transition to a global clean energy economy. Our team helped the CEM conduct effective outreach to the private sector and other stakeholders for COP21, on the “Road to Paris.” On the Road from Paris following COP21, Energetics will support the CEM’s efforts to expand private sector engagement in critical CEM initiatives that will lead to concrete, on-the-ground results.
In addition, Energetics supports the CEM’s Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), a partnership of 13 governments collaborating to accelerate use of energy management systems and ISO 50001 to meet energy and climate goals. Our team supports DOE as the EMWG Secretariat and convenes participating government agencies to define EMWG strategies and design projects that support robust ISO 50001 implementation. For example, Energetics supports the work of six countries and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to develop an international certification program for ISO 50001 Lead Auditors, and we helped launch the new, global Energy Management Leadership Awards (entries are due by 1 March 2016).
Energetics also provides technical and communications support for the U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), a $400 million bilateral public–private partnership that facilitates joint R&D of clean energy technologies. Our team collaborates with U.S. and Chinese project leads working on R&D related to building energy efficiency, clean vehicles, and advanced coal technologies—and now new technical tracks on the energy–water nexus and heavy- and medium-duty trucks. In a recent U.S.–China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change, CERC was extended for an additional five years (2016–2020).
Energetics’ role in these high-level international efforts underscores our solid roots and burgeoning scope. We are honored and proud to be part of such important undertakings in our increasingly global clean energy community.
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