Officials with Danfoss say the company’s recent Energy Efficiency Global Forum was a success.

The HVAC components maker sponsored the May 21-22 event in Washington, D.C., which was hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy.

More than 500 individuals were invited to talk about policies and business objectives designed to profitably save energy.

Robert Wilkins, Danfoss’ vice president of public affairs, moderated a session that discussed technologies that could change the way energy is used in commercial buildings and converging technologies that could shift the way energy is used in commercial buildings.

“This topic is particularly relevant, since buildings consume 40 percent of the energy used in the U.S., and there is much work being done on whole-building system energy efficiency, both in the public and private sectors,” Wilkins said. “By looking at the building as a whole, instead of discreet pieces, we can achieve the next leap in energy efficiency.”

Also taking part in the talk were Chuck Kutscher, director of buildings and thermal systems at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Richard Meyer, manager of policy analysis with the American Gas Association; Roland Risser, director of the building technologies office at U.S. Department of Energy; and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

Danfoss North America President John Galyen presented the 2014 EE Visionary Award to Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Denmark’s ambassador to the United States.

“Danfoss was founded more than 80 years ago in Denmark and our global headquarters remains there today, so, as a company, we are closely connected to the work the Danish government has done — and continues to do — on progressive energy and environmental standards driving the next generation of energy efficiency,” Galyen said. “Our Danish heritage has made energy efficiency and sustainability a part of our DNA. We continually invest in technologies and solutions to improve energy efficiency in the built environment. We look to global solutions that will advance our economies, our industries and world sustainability for generations to come. But those solutions depend on active deployment, so I hope that today we will recommit ourselves to driving these technologies into the market.”