International Energy Advisory Council

What We Offer

The IEAC exists solely to provide advice on how the incumbent centralized fossil-fuel and nuclear-energy systems can be replaced or avoided by a combination of greatly improved energy efficiency and decentralized energy, providing a pathway to intelligent energy services for all, based on a decentralized renewable-energy system. The IEAC is not a private consultancy and does not have any conflicts of interest with the fossil-fuel or nuclear-energy industries.

The IEAC provides independent advice to governments and other organizations who want to implement decisive steps towards a 100% renewable energy future.

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What We Do

The IEAC advances the development, financing and implementation of energy efficiency and decentralized energy systems by providing advisory, technical and capacity building services. The IEAC works with international donors, governments at all levels, foundations, financial Institutions, corporations, and other stakeholders, and thereby contributes to sustainable development, and to climate-change mitigation and adaptation.

How We Do It

Governments and other organizations seeking advice from the IEAC can contact the IEAC directly or via an IEAC member. In either case, a project sponsor will need to be appointed to move the project forward.

Where required, a project proposal can be provided by the IEAC. In some instances, governments or other organizations may not know where to start or what to commission the IEAC for. The IEAC will help such governments or other organizations to reverse brief their requirements, which may take a staged process, such as initial meetings, workshops, seminars or conferences followed by advice, master planning, procurement of services and other steps, as appropriate.

Who We Are

John Byrne

John Byrne (USA) is the Chairman and CEO of the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment (FREE). The Foundation was created in 2011 with a mission of promoting a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. He is also Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware. CEEP’s graduate program is ranked as among the three best in the field. He has contributed since 1992 to Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Panel’s authors. Dr. Byrne is currently Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Energy at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, a new university created by South Korea to lead its plan for green energy technology and policy development. He is the architect of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) and its innovative energy efficiency finance program, which received U.S. White House recognition as part of the nation’s Better Buildings Challenge. The Asian Development Bank has also recommended the model to its member countries. His work has been funded by the World Bank, UNEP, the Blue Moon Fund, the Chinese Academy of Science, the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the Korea Energy Economics Institute, the Korea Institute of Science & Technology, The Energy Research Institute (TERI, New Delhi, India), the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the U.S. EPA, among others. He has published 17 books and over 150 research articles.

Tom Dreessen

Tom Dreessen (Indonesia, USA born), CEO of Energy Efficiency Project Investment Company (EEPIC) is a global expert in financing and developing energy efficiency projects (EEPs) for large industrial, commercial and institutional facility owners. He formed one of the first US ESCOs in 1981 and owned ESCOs in 10 different countries. He has developed EEPs in 24 countries. He is one of the few who implemented savings based EEPs on a global basis. Dreessen’s extensive financing, transaction structuring and contract expertise has resulted in the creation of several innovative and leading edge project financing options. Creating these options has gained him recognition as a global energy efficiency financing and ESCO industry expert. He thus has a reputation for creating financing structures that were "firsts" in many developing countries.

Dreessen has used his unique ESCO and EEP financing expertise to create market based financing structures in Mexico and China. In China he has raised and manages a $100 million private equity fund that invests in EEPs managed by local ESCOs. In Mexico he has created a new savings financing structure for Mexican Banks to finance EEPs.

Dreessen developed the International Energy Efficiency Financing Protocol (IEEFP) under the aegis of the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO). The IEEFP is a newly developed product that is expected to become the "blue print" for local banks to follow for financing EEPs.

Dreessen serves on the Board and or Chairs various committees on the following non profit organizations: Alliance to Save Energy, US National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) and Efficiency Valuation Organisation (EVO).

Manfred Fischedick

Manfred Fischedick (Germany), Vice-President of the Wuppertal Institute, Director of the Research Group “Future Energy and Mobility Structures”. Professor at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal. Fischedick studied chemical technology with the main focus on energy and environmental technologies at the University of Dortmund. He earned a PhD at the University of Stuttgart (integration of renewable energies into the existing power generation system).

Manfred Fischedick has more than 20 years of experience in energy system analysis, he is adviser to the EU and the German government as well as the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia, author of numerous publications and peer reviewed articles. He is coordinating lead author for the IPCC, member of several scientific boards.

The Wuppertal Institute and Fischedick follow a transformative scientific approach. Research is not only considered to gain a better understanding of the system behavior (including socio-economic and socio-technical interactions), but to proactively support the implementation of transformation processes, with particular, but non-exclusive focus on transformation processes in cities. Fischedick is intensively working in the context of sustainable urban infrastructures. His project experience comprises among others the development of long term concepts for the German cities of Munich and Düsseldorf and the Chinese city of Wuxi. For the Innovation City Ruhr (pursuing an emission reduction by 50% between 2010 and 2020) he is heading the scientific accompaniment process. In 2014, he was appointed member of the expert panel for the European Green Capital.

From the very beginning energy efficiency has been one of the main research fields of the Wuppertal Institute. Consequently, based on the energy service idea, energy efficiency potential analyses have been conducted and structures have been analyzed in order to stimulate an energy service market and to set incentives for energy service companies. Research work has been done at national level, for the EU as well as for utilities. Currently, the Wuppertal Institutes is building up a knowledge platform at international level enabling an experience exchange and transfer of good practices (e.g. in the BigEE project: bridging the information gap to energy efficiency).

Allan Jones

Allan Jones MBE (UK), IEAC Chair, is owner of Allan Jones Energy and Climate Change, an energy and climate change consultancy working both in the UK and overseas. Allan is also a Member of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council advising the Seoul Metropolitan Government on its energy and climate change policies and strategies.

Allan was Chief Development Officer, Energy and Climate Change at the City of Sydney (2009-2014) and a Board member of Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (2010-2013). Prior to his Sydney appointment Allan was Chief Executive Officer of the London Climate Change Agency (2004-2008) and prior to that Woking Borough Council’s Director of Thameswey Ltd in the UK.

Allan’s role at the City was to deliver the City’s Green Infrastructure Plan, including trigeneration, renewable energy, advanced waste treatment and decentralised water master plans and major building energy efficiency retrofits, LED street lighting and solar PV projects on the City’s own buildings and operations. During his appointment the City reduced Council’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20% over 4 years as well as setting in place the green infrastructure to supply 100% of the City’s local government area electricity, heating and cooling demands from renewable energy resources and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70%, both by 2030.

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility is based at Griffith University studying how Australia can adapt to the impacts of climate change such as more frequent and severe droughts, floods and sea level rise.

During his time in London Allan set up and ran the London Climate Change Agency, developed the energy and climate change elements of the London Plan, Mayor’s Climate Change Action Plan and the Mayoral Climate Change Statutory Duty as well as developing and implementing decentralised energy and renewable energy projects in London.

During his time at Woking, Allan reduced CO2 emissions by 77.5% from 1990 levels to 2004 and undertook ground breaking work on energy efficiency, trigeneration, renewable gases from waste, alternative fuels for transport, renewable energy and fuel cells. Under Allan, Woking installed 81 private wire decentralised energy systems, nearly 10% of the UK’s total installed solar PV and the first fuel cell CHP in the UK.

Allan was appointed a Member of the British Empire in 1999 for services to energy and water efficiency and was instrumental in Woking Borough Council gaining the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2001 in the development of Local Sustainable Community Energy Systems, the only local authority ever to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Dilip Limaye

Dilip Limaye (USA, India born), IEAC Board Member, is President and CEO of SRC Global Inc., and is internationally recognized as a pioneer and an entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy services, and climate change mitigation. He is a senior advisor and consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IFC, IEA, UNEP, UNDP, USAID and other donor agencies on financing and implementation of clean energy to mitigate climate change impacts. He was one of the principal team members in the development of the original concepts and methods of demand-side management. Dilip Limaye has provided technical assistance and consulting services to over 150 utilities, regulatory commissions and national and local governments. His recent work has focused on financing clean energy and has included the World Bank’s Leveraging Commercial Financing for Clean Energy, the USAID Guidebook on EE financing for China and the UNEP Guidebook on Financing Sources for Climate Change Mitigation. He was the principal author of the International Energy Agency report on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for Financing Energy Efficiency, and was the Team Leader, Clean Energy Finance, for USAID’s Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment in India.
He has served as a Board Member of A-Power Energy Generation Systems, the largest alternative energy company in Asia, Board Chairman of Photonix Solar, a solar PV company in India, and Chairman and CEO of Online Energy Manager, an international energy efficiency technology company. He graduated from IIT-Bombay as the valedictorian and was awarded the President of India Gold Medal. He has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. Additional academic credentials include doctoral studies in international business at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and in alternative energy at Drexel University. He has also completed the Executive Program on Global Climate Change and Economic Development at Harvard University.

Amory B. Lovins

Amory B. Lovins (USA), a consultant physicist and innovator in energy and its links with resources, security, development, and environment, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has briefed 24 heads of state and written 31 books and over 500 papers. Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute (, his work as its Chief Scientist has lately included leading the superefficient redesigns of scores of buildings, several vehicles, and $40+ billion worth of industrial facilities in 30 sectors. He led the incubation and startup of two of RMI’s five for-profit spinoffs: E Source, and Fiberforge, of which he is Chairman Emeritus. His latest books include Natural Capitalism (with P. Hawken & L.H. Lovins), Small Is Profitable and Winning the Oil Endgame (both with RMI colleagues), The Essential Amory Lovins, and Reinventing Fire. The most recent of his visiting posts in ten universities were as 2007 MAP/Ming Professor in Stanford University’s School of Engineering ( and currently as Professor of Practice at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is an advisor to the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations on unclassified matters and a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. In 2009, Time Magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. His work in 60+ countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel”, Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin, Happold, and Hutchens Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Jean Mayer, Time Hero for the Planet, National Design, and World Technology Awards.

Alan K. Meier

Alan K. Meier (USA), Senior Scientist in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (for details of the CV see here). Other positions include Head of the Transportation Team, Group Leader Electronics, Lighting, and Networks Group. He is the founder and Executive Editor of Home Energy Magazine. His interests, as expressed by himself, include market failures in the end-use of energy, real-time display of regional electricity demand and supply, teaching concepts of energy use and efficiency. He has spent three years as Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris.

Meier has a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California. Between 1989-1990 he was a National Science Foundation Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo. He has published extensively on energy efficiency, especially in the residential and commercial sectors. President Bush issued an Executive Order on the limitation of standby power based on his recommendations. He pioneered a one-year graduate course in energy efficiency at UC Davis, “designed to convey the major concepts of energy demand and efficiency, including technologies, economics, and behavior”. He “developed policies and strategies to assist regions suffering from temporary shortfalls in electricity supplies. These situations require a unique mix of technological and behavioral policies.” He assisted California, Australia, Japan, and China in responding to electricity shortages.

Lars J. Nilsson

Lars J. Nilsson (Sweden), Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University, Sweden. Lars J. Nilsson has a PhD in Energy Systems Studies (1993) from Lund University and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University in 1994-95 (Centre for Energy and Environmental Studies). He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy systems, as well as energy and climate policy analysis. Recent research has focused on different aspects of low carbon transition policy strategies and governance in the context of multi-objective strategies for sustainable development. A topical field of research is low carbon transitions in industry and their co-evolution with energy system transitions in the perspective of green economy, industrial development and innovation policy strategies. He was a lead (Ch. 8 on Integration), contributing (Ch.11 on Policy) and SPM author in the 2011 IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. He was Director of the multi-disciplinary research program LETS2050: Governing Transitions to Low Carbon Energy and Transport Systems (2009-2013). Key topics included the role of government, co-evolution of technologies and institutions, and policy strategies for sustainable low carbon transitions in buildings, transport and industry. Lars J. Nilsson is currently Vice Dean of Research (for Civil, Architecture, Mechanical/Energy and Design Engineering) at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Wuppertal Institute and the E.ON Energy Research Centre at RWTH Aachen University.

Teruyuki Ohno

Teruyuki Ohno (Japan) is Executive Director of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF). Before joining JREF in August 2013, he served as the Director General of the Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, for three years, covering a broad range of environmental issues including energy, climate change, waste management, pollution control, natural environment, and sustainable development. His notable achievements include reducing air pollution and PM emissions through “No Dirty Diesel Vehicle Strategy in Tokyo”, and implementing Japan’s first Cap-and-Trade Program in Tokyo in 2008, involving the industries and building a grand consensus. His active leadership in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency has formed the foundation of Tokyo’s energy policy. He was awarded Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards by California Air Resources Board in 2014. His latest publication is "Energy Strategies of Municipality Governments" (Iwanami, 2013, Japanese). He also serves as part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo.

Walt Patterson

Walt” Patterson (UK, born in Canada) is Associate Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources Program at Chatham House in London, UK, a Visiting Fellow of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, and chair of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC). A postgraduate nuclear physicist, he has been actively involved in energy and environmental issues since the late 1960s. Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future (2015) is his fourteenth book. He has also published hundreds of papers, articles and reviews, on topics including nuclear power, coal technology, renewable energy, energy systems, energy policy and electricity. He has been specialist advisor to two Select Committees of the House of Commons, an expert witness at many official hearings, a frequent broadcaster and advisor to media, and speaker or chair in conferences around the world. He has been awarded the Melchett Medal of the Energy Institute. The Scientific American 50 named him ’energy policy leader’ for his advocacy of decentralized electricity. His current project for CH and the Sussex Energy Group is ’Managing Energy: Rethinking The Fundamentals’. Walt Patterson On Energy,, is an online archive of his work since 1970. For information and readers’ comments on Electricity Vs Fire, see

Mycle Schneider

Mycle Schneider (France, Germany born), IEAC Board Member and Coordinator of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC), works as independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy. He is the Coordinator of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC). In 2007 he was appointed as a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), based at Princeton University, USA. Between February 2010 and June 2011, he acted as Lead Consultant for the Asia Clean Energy Policy Exchange, an ECO-Asia initiative, implemented by IRG/USAID. Between 2004 and 2009 he has been in charge of the Environment and Energy Strategies Lecture of the International Master of Science for Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering at the Ecole des Mines in Nantes, France. From 2000 to 2010 he was an advisor to the German Environment Ministry. 1998-2003 he was an advisor to the French Environment Minister’s Office and to the Belgian Minister for Energy and Sustainable Development. 1983-2003 he directed the energy information and consulting agency WISE-Paris. He has given evidence and held briefings at 14 national Parliaments and at the European Parliament. He has given lectures at 21 universities and engineering schools in 10 countries and has provided information and consulting services to a large variety of clients including international institutions, governments and NGOs. Mycle Schneider is convening lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Reports and co-editor of International Perspectives on Energy Policy and the Role of Nuclear Power, Multi Science Publishing, UK, 2009. In 1997 he was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (“Alternative Nobel Prize”).

Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

Gerhard Stryi-Hipp (Germany), head of energy policy and coordinator “Smart Energy Cities” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, is a physicist and an interdisciplinary expert on technologies, market development and policies in renewable energies and sustainable energy systems. From 1994 to 2008, he was managing director of the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and its predecessors. He worked on market support policy for solar thermal and solar photovoltaic in Germany and Europe, on awareness campaigns, on quality assurance measures and technical innovations of the sector. He advocates for intensified research on renewable heating and cooling and was 2005 one of the initiators of the German and European Solar Thermal Technology Platforms. Since its foundation in 2008, he is president of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling, which developed a vision, a research agenda and a roadmap for the sector.
In 2009, Gerhard moved to Fraunhofer ISE, the largest solar research institute in Europe. He conducted projects on solar thermal energy systems, e.g. on Solar-Active-Houses, which are heated by more than 50% by solar thermal energy. Since 2012 he is focusing his work on sustainable energy systems especially for cities and communities. He is energy expert in the multi-disciplinary Fraunhofer project “Morgenstadt: City Insights”. With his team he is developing modelling tools to identify and design cost-effective sustainable energy systems for cities and regions. Based on these scenarios backwarding methods are used to derive roadmaps for the transformation of urban energy systems towards sustainability.

News Archive

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In November 2013, the Mayor of Seoul appointed ten international energy experts to form the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) to provide expert energy and climate change advice to the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) on its sustainable energy action plan (“One Less Nuclear Power Plant”). The energy experts all believed that the incumbent centralized fossil fuel/nuclear energy system operating over large grids would be replaced by a combination of energy efficiency and decentralized energy providing the pathway towards a 100% decentralized renewable energy system in the foreseeable future.

The energy experts were of the view that the combination of expertise and experience was too important to limit the knowledge and advice to one city government and that an International Energy Advisory Council (IEAC) should be established independent of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council to help and advise other world cities and other organizations to develop and implement effective strategies towards a 100% renewable energy future. Following a year in development, the IEAC added two new members and was formally established in November 2014.

Board & Governance

The IEAC Board comprises:

  • Chair: Allan Jones MBE
  • Secretary: Mycle Schneider
  • Treasurer: Dilip Limaye

The IEAC is a ‘not for profit’ company registered in the State of Pennsylvania, United States of America in October 2014. It held its first meeting in November 2014 in Seoul.

The IEAC is governed by its Bylaws (PDF).

Who We Worked For

Members of the IEAC have collectively advised more than 200 governments and organizations in 27 countries and more than 50 international and European governmental and non-governmental organizations.   Read more…

Case Studies

Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC)

In November 2013, the Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon appointed ten international energy experts [1] to form the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) to provide expert advice to the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) on its sustainable energy action plan, which was launched in April 2012.
Updated 3 December 2015   Read more…