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Energy Efficiency - China’s “first fuel” lighting up a sustainable pathway

11 Feb 2019

The Paris Agreement brought the world to an unprecedented consensus to achieve ambitious climate goals. As a fast-growing emerging economy and the world’s largest player in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, China is facing the challenge of balancing economic and social development versus addressing the challenges of energy and climate change.

 

 

Shifting from Experience Driven to Data Driven to achieve Energy Efficiency

20 Dec 2018

In recent years, China’s fast growing economy has been closely linked to its rapid urbanisation. More than half of the population live in urban areas and this number only keeps growing. As a result, energy usage has shot up due to the increasing number of buildings, factories, industrial and high-tech parks. Public and commercial buildings and energy-intensive industries currently account for more than 60% of the country’s total energy consumption.

Efficiency is the energy of the present and the future

19 Dec 2018

The world needs energy efficiency, now more than ever. Energy efficiency has a critical role to play for the climate, sustainable development and human prosperity.

The Low Energy Demand Scenario of the IPCC report released in 2018 (referred as P1), is the most plausible and affordable scenario to achieve the Paris Agreement. According to this scenario, managing and reducing energy demand on the global scene through energy efficiency is vital as it generates multiple benefits, beyond the much needed greenhouse gases reductions.

Scaling up finance for building energy efficiency and green buildings in China

19 Dec 2018

In the last decade, the Chinese Government has implemented multiple policies to promote building energy efficiency and green buildings, which is an imperative for sustainable development. Public financing, among others, provides a major incentive for various actors to improve building energy performance and construct green buildings.

New “Canadian Energy Efficiency Outlook” - A National Effort for Tackling Climate Change

18 Dec 2018

Canada is a vast country with only 37 million inhabitants (roughly around one twentieth of Europe). One would easily think that the energy context of Canada would be homogeneous from one ocean to another. However, Canada comprises thirteen different jurisdictions, ten provinces and three territories, all of which differ greatly in legal and regulatory frameworks as well as the availability of energy resources, energy costs and electricity generation carbon footprints.

G20 Transport Task Group: Spearheading energy efficiency and environmental performance of heavy-duty vehicles in major economies

17 Dec 2018

The G20 Transport Task Group (TTG) convened its first in-person working meeting on 24-25 September 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This event provided an opportunity for participating governments to take stock of the progress made in improving the energy efficiency and environmental performance of heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) in G20 economies and engage in strategic discussions on the TTG's activities and vision for the coming years.

China Energy Efficiency Report- Advancing energy efficiency through a holistic approach

07 Dec 2018

China, as the world’s major energy producer and the largest energy consumer, is taking the lead to improve energy efficiency. Effectively managing energy demand is central to China’s economic development agenda and its efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development goals.

 

Behavioural change: Unlocking energy productivity through EP100

28 Sep 2018

Energy efficiency improvements are key to keeping global warming well below 2°C. However, they are also a powerful business opportunity, allowing global companies to invest in ambitious smart energy solutions, and reap substantial energy and cost savings.

The IEA has listed increased energy efficiency in the industry, buildings and transport sectors as key to ensuring a climate-safe world, and makes a compelling case for the role of existing technologies in driving the shift to smarter energy use. Crucially, it highlights that a multitude of energy efficiency measures can be implemented now – there is no excuse to not take action.