Clean Energy Conference: Empowering Consumers through the Transition
13 - 17 March 2023
The events of 2022 were a forceful reminder of the difficulty of ensuring affordability and security in the transition to clean energy. Last year global energy prices were estimated to rise by an average of 50% by the year end, impacting people everywhere and causing many to drastically change their lifestyles to pay for energy. Today’s challenge is to help consumers through present difficulties whilst enabling a rapid transition that guarantees sustainability, security, and affordability in the long term.
Consumers could be the missing catalyst for change. We are all consumers of energy services, and as consumers, we all have the potential to drive tipping points in the transition. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that demand-side changes could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% by 2050. But current energy systems and policies have not been designed from the perspective of the end user.
For World Consumer Rights Day 2023, Consumers International will hold the first conference of its type to coalesce stakeholders around this new global action agenda. The opportunity to leverage available tools to empower consumers is well within our reach. We will unite senior leaders, experts, and practitioners from consumer advocacy, government, business, civil society and academia to explore how to put consumer-powered energy transitions into action.