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CECED delivers its sustainability message to #COP21's Sustainable Innovation Forum (#SIF15)

Adapting consumer lifestyles and harnessing the potential of new technologies and innovative approaches can bring major sustainability gains inside our homes. Connected appliances in the connected home can empower consumers to optimise energy consumption, yielding even greater system efficiency gains, lowering emissions and moving towards a resource efficient society.

CECED, representing the home appliance industry in Europe, outlined these innovative ideas and approaches to the United Nations Environmental Programme-backed Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) in Paris on 7th - 8th December

CECED's "Connected Home" at the 2015 edition of the Sustainable Innovation Forum

CECED D-G Paolo Falcioni: "The connected home will help deliver sustainability where we need it: at home". 

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CECED chaired SIF Energy Efficiency Sustainability Starts at Home Roundtable on 8th December 2015

Paolo Falcioni, Director-General, CECED (Event Moderator).






Alexander Lohnherr - Director-General, Miele France (The home appliance industry sustainability innovation)

Alexander Lohnherr has been Managing Director of Miele France since January 2014. He will be the new chairman of the French Appliance Federation, GIFAM, as of January 1st 2016.

Aged 50, a graduate from Neoma Business School, he has an international track record of more than 25 years in consumer and customer-focused management functions. He has worked for companies both in Industry and Retail that are recognised as having placed a strong priority on sustainability, like Linde Material Handling and Villeroy & Boch.

Miele itself has been awarded the German Sustainability Award 2014. 




Melanie Slade - Senior Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency Unit at International Energy Agency (Sustainability through energy efficiency programmes: the international perspective)

Melanie has spent twenty five years in energy efficiency policy development and implementation in many parts of the world.  She started out working in the UK Government on industrial energy efficiency and has worked with many governments to establish similar programmes, perhaps most notably,
the Government of China.  

In recent times she spent six years chairing the Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee – the Australian and New Zealand Government committee overseeing the regulation of minimum energy performance standards and labels for lighting, equipment and appliances.
One of the key policies Melanie led while in Australia was the phase-out of inefficient lighting.  Australia was second only to Cuba in this endeavour and has shared its experience widely both in the developed and developing world.

Melanie moved to the International Energy Agency in February 2014 to manage the new Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Programme.

Justin Wilkes, ECOS Deputy Director (How to bring energy efficient appliances to consumer homes)

Justin Wilkes is Deputy Director of ECOS (European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation) where he is responsible for energy efficiency, eco-design, energy labelling, smart grids, electric vehicles, and environmental standardization activities.

Previously, Justin held numerous positions at the European Wind Energy Association, most recently as Deputy CEO, WWF, and the European Parliament. Justin has an extensive background in EU energy, environment, and climate policy having closely engaged on energy policy (renewables, internal energy market, electricity market design, infrastructure), climate change (ETS, international negotiations), finance and innovation policy (Stimulus Plan, NER300, SET-Plan, European Economic Recovery Plan), State aid (Environment and Energy Guidelines), trade policy (WTO, TTIP), chemicals (REACH), and environment policy (forest protection, species preservation). He has a Masters degree in International Studies (Diplomacy).

Anton Eckl - Lead International Key Account Management, GFK (The role of incentives to transform the market and ensure sustainability at home)

Anton Eckl works as Lead International Key Account Management for GfK Retail and Technology, the world-leading supplier of retail-based sales research for Technical Consumer Goods.

He specializes in energy efficiency-related analysis for Major Domestic Appliances.

Anton Eckl holds a degree in Economics from Augsburg University/Germany.



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01/12/2015 - Home appliance industry to showcase sustainable, connected home at COP 21 Sustainable Innovation Forum

Sustainability starts at home. It is this simple yet important message that home appliance manufacturers will bring to the Sustainable Innovation Forum (#SIF15), the key COP21 side event in Paris to showcase the contribution the sector can make to sustainable growth, a key industry priority.

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They all stepped inside the "Connected Home"!

Home Appliance 2025 vision

HA2025 webpicture

In April 2015, CECED launched Home Appliance 2025, a ten year vision for the future of the industry.

Full details are available at: