The U.S. Commercial Service of the United States Embassy hosted a seminar on the topic of “Energy Efficiency and Modern Infrastructure Solutions” on Thursday, May 17, 2012.
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the European Union. Improving the energy performance of buildings is mandatory for achieving the EU's targets related to climate and energy; a reduction of 20% of greenhouse gases emissions, a 20% renewables share in the electricity mix and 20% energy savings, all to be achieved by 2020. In addition, improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective to contribute to energy security, increase productivity, and create jobs, particularly in the building sector.
The technology and know-how to reduce energy consumption from buildings is there. Modern solutions such as Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and the application of performance contracting are proven tools for producing and financing investment in
energy savings for both public infrastructure and private property. Government buildings, schools, retail, industrial and commercial buildings can reduce operating costs, insure compliance with EU standards, and increase property values with minimal capital spending.
“The U.S. Commercial Service Romania is promoting U.S. technologies and solutions that have proven results in both Europe and North America. In doing so, we are also starting a larger conversation in Romania on the topic of energy conservation. This topic is related to the question of energy prices, subsidies, and their costs to citizens and the State," added Keith Kirkham, Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.
The American Embassy in Bucharest recently joined the League of Green Embassies, a movement committing American and other Embassies in more than 80 countries to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.
The local offices of several U.S. companies presented their perspectives and expertise including 3M (RO/EN), Clifford Chance, Honeywell (RO/EN), OTIS Elevator (RO/EN) and UTC Climate, Controls & Security (EN/Brochure). Property developers, real estate companies, local officials, banks, and city halls were among the invited audience.
“Energy Efficiency and Modern Infrastructure Solutions” was the second in a series of topics called Infrastructure Solutions launched by the U.S. Commercial Service. The event took place Thursday, May 17th, 2012 from 9:00 – 14:00 at the Radisson Blu hotel, Sala Electra, Bucharest.