Energy Efficiency

Manufacturing industry challenges and responses to EU and California product-targeted environmental regulations

Manufacturers worldwide find themselves dealing with a brand new strain of regulation targeting the environmental performance of their products. While able to (often barely) comply with these regulations, they are experiencing extraordinary difficulties doing it in an efficient and effective manner so costs are extremely high and the results are not nearly as dramatic as hoped for by the regulators. A key challenge is that, having never before dealt with these sorts of issues, the intellectual and informational framework necessary to support it is nonexistent.

Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US and California

Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation

The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US and California Edited by David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley, US and Johan F.M. Swinnen, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and the Centre of European Policy Studies (CEPS), Belgium

US Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation features eleven original essays by leading academics of regulation on both sides of the Atlantic. They explore topics such as the impact of federalism on regulatory policies both within the US and Europe, the transatlantic dynamics of water policy, climate change, pesticide and chemical regulation, and biotechnology. A primary focus of this timely study is on the shifting roles of California and the EU as regulatory leaders and ITS impact on future regulatory cooperation across the Atlantic. Contributors: A. Alemanno, C. Ansell, J. Balsiger, G. Bouleau, C. Busch, B.E. Cain, A.E. Carlson, I. Clark, D. Farber, M. Hanemann, C.G. Hioureas, G. Hochman, K. Klein, G.M. Kondolf, A. Marx, A.C.M. Meuwese, G.C. Rausser, H. Riss, M.R. Schwarzman, J.F.M. Swinnen, D. Vogel, M.P. Wilson, D.E. Winickoff, J. Wouters, D. Zilberman

Atlantic Energy Efficiency Wrap-up Conference: Paris

After successful conferences in Brussels, Belgium and Berkeley, CA,  the  Atlantic (‘Bloomsday’) EnergyEfficiency Conference will take place in Paris,  France on June 16-17 2011 at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris, 9, rue de la Fédération75739 Paris Cedex 15

This project has been funded by the European Union within the framework of the Pilot Project on Transatlantic Methods for Handling Global Challenges (

The Atlantic Energy Efficiency Project is a partnership led by University College, Dublin with collaborators Center on Institutions and Governance at the University of California Berkeley, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Brussels, and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). It is funded by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and SEAI.

The objective of the project is to identify lessons from Europe, the US and Asia as to what should be the priorities to realise the optimum potential of energy efficiency to advance the economy, reduce dependence  on energy imports, limit green house gas and air pollution  emissions, and increase comfort levels

Conference on Managing Biosafety and Biodiversity in a Global World-EU, US, California Program





Introductory Remarks

John Bruton, EU Ambassador to the US


Heddy Riss,Director for the IGS  Center on Institutions and Governance, UC Berkeley

David Vogel,  Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professorship in Business Ethics, UC Berkeley

Jo Swinnen, Professor of Development Economics, KU Leuven, director of  LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance


Atlantic Energy Efficiency

This project has been funded by the European Union within the framework of the Pilot Project on Transatlantic Methods for Handling Global Challenges (  with the following broad objectives:

I. Main Objectives

1. Analyse EU and US energy technology road maps, the potential for synergies and opportunities for harmonisation, with the focus on energy R&D aimed at enhanced energy efficiency.

2. Identify joint EU‐US approaches to supporting emerging economies’ own efforts to embrace energy efficient and low carbon technologies.

3. Set the above in the context of the current global economic climate, and the respective EU, US and emerging countries’ actions for economic revival (while considering the availability and viability of options for re‐launching economic growth on an energy efficient, low carbon track while generating “green” jobs).Specifically, to highlight how and to what extent support for energy efficiency and associated technologies and innovation can contribute to wider economic stimulus ‐ ‘Green New Deal’ – type ambitions.

Subsidiary Objectives

Help policy makers in EU, US and emerging economies better understand how to maximise the impact ‐ in terms of energy efficiency, the development of economic activity, climate change impacts etc – of support for energy technologies and related R&D.

Create a virtual Global Energy Efficiency Forum, to support ongoing dialogue and interaction between academics, business and policy leaders to generate mutual respect and understanding about their view and analyses as to how improved energy efficiency and associated technologies can be mobilised.