|Robert Wilkins, vice president public affairs, Danfoss, recently moderated an executive dialogue session during the 2014 EE Global Forum in Washington.|
WASHINGTON — Danfoss’s vice president of public affairs Robert Wilkins moderated an executive dialogue session during the 2014 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) held in Washington, District of Columbia, May 20-21.
For the seventh year, Danfoss was a sponsor of EE Global, which is hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy. The invitation-only event convened more than 500 high-level representatives from industry, government, and academia — representing 28 countries and every sector of the economy — with the goal of integrating effective policies and business practices into actionable plans for the next generation of energy efficiency.
The executive dialogue session moderated by Wilkins, “The Building as an Organism: How Can We Holistically Approach Buildings and their Management Systems?” explored converging technologies that could shift the way energy is used in commercial buildings and change the role of electric utilities.
“This topic is particularly relevant, since buildings consume 40 percent of the energy used in the U.S., and there is much work being done on whole-building-system energy efficiency both in the public and private sectors,” said Wilkins. “By looking at the building as a whole, instead of discreet pieces, we can achieve the next leap in energy efficiency.”
Joining Wilkins in the panel discussion were Chuck Kutscher, director, buildings and thermal systems center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Richard Meyer, manager, policy analysis, American Gas Association; Roland Risser, director, building technologies office, U.S. Department of Energy; and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, U.S. House of Representatives.
Publication date: 6/23/2014