The Multiple Benefits of Measures to Improve Energy Efficiency: A Summary Report

Daniel Puig, Timothy Clifford Farrell

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    Understanding the barriers to, and enablers for, energy efficiency requires targeted information and analysis. This report is a summary of four detailed studies providing new insights on how to promote efficiency in selected priority areas. It complements initiatives such as the so-called energy efficiency accelerators, which seek to increase the uptake of selected technologies, as well as the work of many other institutions committed to improving energy efficiency. The modelling estimates and the case studies presented in this report illustrate that, while significant progress has already been achieved, the case for accelerating energy efficiency action is strong. Key highlights include:
    • At the global level, energy efficiency improvements would account for between 2.6 and 3.3 Gt CO2e of the reductions in 2030, equivalent to between 23 and 26 percent of the overall reductions achieved in a scenario where the price of carbon dioxide equivalents was USD 70 per tonne.
    • In absolute terms, the energy supply and industry sectors show the highest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions attributable to energy efficiency. In relative terms, it is the transport sector that shows the highest levels of emission reductions.
    • The three mitigation scenarios considered suggest that the higher the carbon price, the greater the energy savings, and the larger the economic growth and employment benefits.
    • While G20 countries account for about 90 percent of total emission reductions in the three mitigation scenarios, all countries can gain considerable benefits from improving the way they transform, distribute and use energy. Survey results from the case studies in this report highlight the types of benefits that energy efficiency programmes can deliver, from mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and increased energy access, to reduced public sector spending and improvements in human health and well-being, among others.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUNEP DTU Partnership
    Number of pages110
    ISBN (Print)978-87-93130-26-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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