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AEE Participates in COP27

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) will attend the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties, or COP 27, held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 7 -18, 2022, hosted by the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC). This critical event brings together world leaders and interested parties while calling attention to the need for urgent action to combat the climate crisis.

Faced with a growing energy crisis, record greenhouse gas concentrations, and increasing extreme weather events, The United Nations highlights key Climate Action areas that, “seek renewed solidarity between countries, to deliver on the landmark Paris Agreement, for people and the planet from urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, to delivering on the commitments to finance climate action in developing countries” (quote from the COP website).

Climate change is a global challenge that knows no national borders. According to the COP website, “The world needs to assume their effective roles and historical responsibilities before humanity to ensure that no one is left behind.”

“AEE is committed to our vision of ‘Leading the global energy community to meet the challenges of a clean and sustainable future.’ We are at a critical point in time where we must invest and implement clean energy solutions. Energy efficiency, clean energy solutions, and climate impact are no longer just on the agenda – they are the agenda. The first and cheapest form of energy is energy efficiency, which AEE and our global family of more than 30,000 have been implementing in commercial and industrial markets for over 45 years. Today, energy efficiency can simultaneously address energy prices, energy security, reliability, and resiliency. Our delegation will be actively participating in COP27, so together we can deliver clean energy solutions, not just for carbon neutrality, but for a net zero future.” – Bill Kent, Executive Director at AEE.

AEE plans to participate in GORD’s “Role of Energy Efficiency in Decarbonization” panel discussion and other high-level events to advocate for implementation by networking, capacity building, and sharing how dedicated we are to the energy industry through our certification and training programs.

The following representatives from the AEE will attend and participate in COP 27.

  • Bill Kent, AEE Executive Director
  • Mary Elise Cox, AEE International Development Director
  • Fotouh Al-Ragom, Ph.D., AEE Board President and Energy Efficiency Program Manager at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait
  • Laurie Wiegard-Jackson, Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) Chair and President & Founder of Utility Advantage and Gender Equity Advocate/Consultant, United States
  • Alain Aoun, AEE Director of International Student Chapters and Energy, Digital Transformation and Blockchain Consultant, Lebanon
  • Andrés Ortuño, AEE Board Secretary and Institutional Affairs Global Director at Soltec, Spain
  • Yolanda de Lange, AEE Training Partner Representative for Sub-Saharan Africa, Executive Director Institute of Energy Professionals Africa (IEPA)
  • Aiman Al Sakka, AEE Training Partner Representative for Egypt, Managing Director TARSHEED for Energy Consultations

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), founded in 1977, is a non-profit professional association of more than 17,000 members and over 32,000 certified professionals in more than 100 countries worldwide dedicated to serving members and other industry professionals to save energy, reduce GHGs, make buildings perform better, and help reach global goals for Net-Zero. For more about AEE, visit Follow the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) on LinkedIn, Twitter: @AEE, and Facebook.