On Tuesday, May 11, Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) joined leaders from 15 countries and the European Commission at the first Policy Committee meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC). The purpose of the meeting was to promote global collaboration on energy-saving programs and policies.
U.S. participation in this partnership accelerates the Obama Administration's initiative to establish partnerships among various governments to address climate change, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and grow the global clean energy economy.
During the meeting, Zoi was chosen to serve a two-year term as the first Chair of the IPEEC Policy Committee. At one point, Zoi mentioned that smart, efficient energy use has the potential to reduce energy demands while reducing emissions worldwide.