Paul Waide is the Director of Waide Strategic Efficiency, a boutique energy efficiency consultancy based in Manchester, United Kingdom. Over the course of his career, he has assisted more than 70 countries to develop their energy efficiency policies and programmes. His work has informed EU policy positions on: the use of structural funds for the energy-efficient refurbishment of the building stock, adopting energy performance building codes optimised over the building lifecycle, the better use of building automation technologies, the development of a Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings, and the promotion of energy management. In the domain of equipment energy efficiency, he has assisted numerous regulatory processes to improve the energy efficiency of appliances, commercial, and industrial equipment around the world. He was a key protagonist in the global move to phase out incandescent lighting from 2006 onwards, on which he testified to the U.S. Senate, helped guide the EU policy process, and coordinated international policy dialogues. He also supported the initiation and development of China’s energy labelling scheme from 1997 to 2003. Prior to founding WSE in 2012, he was the Director of Navigant Consulting’s European Energy Practice, held a position with responsibility for much of the International Energy Agency’s energy efficiency work, and was Director of PW Consulting based in the UK and France. While at the IEA, he had a prominent role in expanding the agency’s work on energy efficiency, which included: helping the G8 countries to develop their plan of action addressing climate change, clean energy, and sustainable development; initiating a process that led to the endorsement of 25 major energy efficiency policy recommendations by the G8 heads of state and IEA governments; and helping initiate the International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation. He is the author or co-author of nine books on energy efficiency and more than 300 reports and articles on the topic.
Mr. Waide has a Ph.D in applied energy from Cranfield University, an M.Sc. from Surrey University, and a B.Sc. in physics from Liverpool University.