Transatlantic Methods for Handling Global Challenges in the European Union and the United States


Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall
UC Berkeley School of Law,

Berkeley, California 94720

The project is directed by the Earth Sciences Institute, University College Dublin (Frank J Convery, Director) in partnership with the Centre on Institutions and Governance and the Law School, University of California Berkeley  (Michael Hanemann), the Centre for European Policy Studies (Christian Egenhofer) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (Owen Lewis), guided by a steering committee which includes the International Energy Agency (Lisa Ryan) and the Association for the Conservation of Energy (Andrew Warren).

The Workshop

This workshop will cover energy efficiency strategy in China; energy efficiency strategy in India; energy efficiency strategy in Japan; crosscutting lessons from these countries; funding mechanisms for energy efficiency; and the energy efficiency dimensions of economic stimulus packages.A key objective for the workshop will be to get feedback with a view to improving the quality of the final output.

Structure and Audience

For each area, an anchor paper will be presented. It will be followed by feedback from the panellists and their own thinking on the topic,followed in turn by input from the workshop participants.

This event will be of particular interest to those who have a role in shaping and implementing policy as regards energy efficiency, where policy embraces tax and related incentives (positive and negative), regulation, information, subsidies and research and development. 

Next Stage

Following this workshop, the papers will be revised and made available on the website

A wrap up conference will take place in Europe at the end of the project (end May 2011)


[1]     The Atlantic Energy Efficiency Project[1] is funded by the European Commission and co-funded by

the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. This is one of the seven projects funded under

the Pilot Project ‘Transatlantic Methods for Handling Global Challenges in the European Union and

the United States’. Its primary objective is to develop mutual understanding about plans and performance

in regard to energy efficiency in Europe and the US, and the opportunities for mutual learning and shared initiatives.

A second objective is to relate these insights to global developments, and in particular in regard to developments

in China, India and Japan.