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IEA Report Presents Policy Pathways for Energy Efficiency PPPs

IEA19 January 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new report titled “Policy Pathways: Joint Public-Private Approaches for Energy Efficiency Finance” that outlines critical elements of a successful public-private partnership to finance energy efficiency.

The report opens by noting that lack of finance is a key barrier to investment in energy efficiency. It focuses specifically on three variations of PPP: dedicated credit lines; risk guarantees; and energy performance service contracts. The report discusses barriers to energy efficiency finance, financing partnership options, the importance of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for energy efficiency, and the phases of partnership design and implementation, for which it also offers a 10 stage planning and implementation checklist for policymakers that forms the basis of the report. The authors note that “No matter which form of PPP is chosen, good policy process and design are imperative to achieve the ultimate outcome of increased private financing of energy efficiency.” [Publication: Policy Pathways: Joint Public-Private Approaches for Energy Efficiency Finance] [IEA Press Release]