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Energy Efficiency for Energy Access: Fighting Fuel Poverty in Developed Economies

18 May 2016

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with The United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, supported by the Rexel Foundation hosted this webinar-based training on energy efficiency for energy access, with a focus on the important role played by energy efficiency in the fight against fuel poverty in developed economies. The webinar forms part the UN Foundation’s broader work on energy access within the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which is spearheaded by the UN and the World Bank.

The speakers showcased their respective organizations’ experience in the nexus of energy efficiency, fuel poverty and energy access, discussing the role of energy efficiency crucial to improve energy access in developed countries, and they provided collective best practices.

  • Reid Detchon, Vice President for Energy & Climate Strategy, United Nations Foundation will provide an overview of the UN Foundation’s work on scaling energy access through its 2,000+ member strong Energy Access Practitioner Network, and discuss their collective work in the context of the webinar topic.
  • Pascale Giet, Rexel Foundation Vice-Chairman and Rexel Group Senior Vice President for Communications and Sustainable Development, and Franck Legardeur, Rexel Group Energy Efficiency Marketing Director, will showcase the Rexel Foundation’s engagement in the promotion of energy efficiency in developed economies, providing real-life illustrations of energy efficient solutions at work as an effective means for reducing fuel poverty.
  • Jules Kortenhorst, Chief Executive Officer of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will give insights on RMI’s work on the energy efficiency and fuel poverty.
  • Patty Fong, Programme Director for Energy Efficiency of the European Climate Foundation, will present opportunities, activities and solutions for fuel poverty in Europe

Presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


Reid DetchonReid Detchon, Vice President, Energy and Climate Strategy, UNF

Reid Detchon has led the UN Foundation’s Energy and Climate program since 2005. He is also Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, a non-partisan domestic policy initiative. He is responsible for the Foundation’s engagement with the UN on energy and climate issues. This includes support of the Secretary-General’s initiative on Sustainable Energy for All—whose objectives are now reflected in Goal 7 of the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals—as a model of public-private engagement with the UN. It also has included communications support for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, as well as the Earth to Paris coalition that helped build a drumbeat of action and awareness for COP 21. Reid previously served as Director of Special Projects in Washington for the Turner Foundation; as a principal at Podesta Associates, a public affairs firm in Washington; as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1989 to 1993; as principal speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush; and as a staff member and legislative director for U.S. Senator John Danforth of Missouri. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Pascale GietPascale Giet, SVP Communications and Sustainable Development, Rexel Group

Pascale started her career in the Expand Group before joining ComDev in 1990. She joined Vivendi Universal in 1994 as Communications Director for TDR. In 1997, she was promoted within the group to Advertising Director for Cegetel. In 1999, she joined e-TF1 as Communications Director before moving to Europ Assistance Group in 2004 as SVP Communications & Sustainable Development and member of the Group’s Executive Committee. In 2010, she joined Rexel as Group SVP Communications and Sustainable Development and member of the Executive Committee. She has created the Rexel Foundation in 2013.

Jules KortenhorstJules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of RMI. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Prior to RMI, Jules was CEO of Topell Energy BV, a company that developed a cutting-edge process for the production of solid biofuel. He also served as the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Jules led a major effort at ECF to develop the roadmap for decarbonized power generation. Before launching ECF, Jules was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. Jules also served as a member of the Dutch parliament. Earlier in his career, he worked for eight years for Royal Dutch Shell, including as managing director of Shell Bulgaria. He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. in Amsterdam.

Patty FongPatty Fong, Programme Director for Energy Efficiency, European Climate Foundation

Patty Fong is Programme Director of the Energy Efficiency Programme and a member of the ECF leadership team. She was recruited in 2007 to help establish the foundation, and served as founding COO until August 2012. Based in The Hague, Patty oversees development and implementation of the programme strategy, which aims to (1) rule out the least efficient infrastructure, equipment, processes via new standards and codes; (2) scale demand for energy efficient products and services; and (3) build political will and confidence for greater ambition on energy efficiency and savings. Patty co-founded and serves on the board of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a European policy think tank dedicated to energy efficiency in buildings. She also co-founded and serves on the Steering Committee of the EU Coalition for Energy Savings, which unites business, professional, local authorities, and civil society organisations to make energy efficiency and savings the foundation of energy policies in Europe and the driving force behind a more prosperous, sustainable, and competitive Europe. In addition, she serves on the board of the EU Alliance to Save Energy, a consortium of leading multinational companies supporting greater EU political ambition for energy efficiency.