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Accelerating the deployment of practical, cost-effective and scalable energy saving solutions through the G20 Task Group - TOPTENs

01 Jul 2019

“We hope that the Top Ten Energy Efficiency Best Available Technologies and Best Practices Task Group (TOP TENs) could be developed as a flagship energy efficiency cooperation under the framework of G20, and also become visible beyond G20 economies.” This was stated by Mr. Penggao Zhao, the Deputy Director General of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, while releasing the second round of international Best Available Technologies (BAT) and Best Practices (BP) list of the TOP TENs at the G20 Global Summit on Financing Energy Efficiency, Innovation and Clean Technology on 12 June, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan.  

Inefficiency has a heavy price: the case of Colombia

28 Jun 2019

Colombia has been striving towards developing sustainable, long-term and more robust domestic energy efficiency programme/s. The following sequence of events shows significant progress in the right direction, but the country recognises that there is a long way ahead in its journey towards maximising its energy efficiency potential. 

Energy Sufficiency: living well, within the limits

27 Jun 2019

As Europe moves towards ever stronger reductions in carbon emissions, we need to think how we can go beyond energy efficiency to deliver deep and sustained cuts in energy use.  Politicians increasingly talk about ‘net zero’, but action is still limited by concerns about the economy and equity.  Government policy advisors talk of the need to focus on behaviour change much more than we have before, but don’t yet explain how we can do this or explain exactly what we want to achieve by changing behaviour.  How can we move beyond these concerns and unlock the transition we are looking for?

South Africa launches its first Green Transport Strategy!

27 Jun 2019

The transport sector is the most rapidly growing source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) in the country, and the second most significant source of GHG emissions. Continued growth within the transport sector, is likely to have an increasing impact on biodiversity, air quality, land resources and water quality. Especially in urban centres, transport is a major contributor to air pollution and emissions that include nitrous oxides and particulates, which contribute to the brown haze seen in many of South Africa’s major cities.

Energy efficiency: a Silver Bullet for the SDGs?

20 Mar 2019

Though the benefits of energy efficiency have been analysed by several bodies , their findings often remain outside the realm of energy. Worse, many academic works misunderstand the impact of energy efficiency measures. For instance, the International Council for Science published an analysis of the interactions between different SDGs and considered energy efficiency along with renewable energy as being “consistent” or “constraining” to Goal 1’s target 4 on access to economic resources . The report states that “Decarbonising the energy system through renewables and efficiency is consistent with the provision of basic energy services as long as policies help to shield the poor from any fuel price increases that may result.

G20 countries must scale up ambition and action to decarbonise transport

19 Mar 2019

Decarbonising the transport sector is key to meeting global climate change goals established under the Paris Agreement. More than 80% of all Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted under the framework of the Paris Agreement mention transport and acknowledge its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, but ambition and strategies for action are lacking.

 

In the story of energy poverty, energy efficiency is a vital thread

19 Mar 2019

In remote Nepal, a woman and her daughter spend two hours with a wooden mallet and a hand-woven basket, husking enough rice (which they have grown themselves) to feed their family for about two weeks. Later, they will spend two more hours collecting wood for the fire to cook it. 

“Network Zero” Devices for an Energy Efficient World

19 Mar 2019

The growing trend towards network-connected technologies such as the “Internet of Things” is rapidly transforming the world in which we live, creating new services and benefits that can permeate all areas of society.  While electrical devices that are network-connected have the potential to improve the way we manage energy, they also consume additional energy in order to remain connected 24/7 – called “network standby”.