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Blockchain technology brings innovative ways to achieve energy efficiency

28 Sep 2018

Will blockchain technology help to curve the continuous increases in energy consumption and realise the transition to more efficient and low-carbon energy systems? This question is drawing growing attention in the energy sector. To discuss this issue, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and co-organised a conference, entitled ’Technology and Innovation Dialogue - Exploring Blockchain Technology and Environmental Sustainability’, on 23-24 July 2018 in Paris. This article outlines what blockchain technology is and how it can accelerate energy efficiency.


Behaviour change for energy efficiency: Opportunities for international cooperation in the G20 and beyond

28 Sep 2018

The Argentinian Ministry of Energy (MEN), the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) convened a one-day scoping workshop on ‘Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency: Opportunities for International Cooperation in the G20 and beyond’ on 12 September 2018 in Paris. This event invited participants from IPEEC, IEA and G20 economies – as well as other IOs, research organisations, and advocacy bodies working in this field to discuss how behavioural science can strengthen energy efficiency policies, and to share country-specific experiences in addressing the related challenges and solutions across economic sectors.

Invented there, useful here

28 Sep 2018

An energy efficiency toolbox would facilitate experience sharing on implementation of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive article 7


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.

Making trucks cleaner in the G20: Experiences from America, Europe and International Collaboration

25 Jun 2018

Heavy-duty trucks and buses represent only a small fraction of the road transportation fleet in G20 economies, but are responsible for a large portion of CO2 emissions and local air pollutants that contribute to increased incidence of chronic diseases and premature deaths. Yet, the stringency of environmental protections and energy efficiency standards varies substantially among G20 economies. To date, only five countries have enacted heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) efficiency standards: Canada, China, India, Japan, and the United States, and the European Commission recently proposed to introduce them in the EU. To address these policy gaps, the G20 Transport Task Group is supporting countries through policy exchanges, capacity building activities, and in-depth technical collaborations.

Mexico’s initiative to achieve sustainable housing

25 Jun 2018

The Sustainable Improvement in Existing Housing initiative, which aims to reduce energy intensity in the housing sector, is proving to be a success in Mexico. The multilateral initiative has seen unprecedented growth in the past two years and has become a model for many projects that tackle sustainability issues in various sectors. To find out how this innovative programme supports Mexico’s energy efficiency objectives, the IPEEC Newsletter interviewed Jorge Eloy Toledo Rojas, Sub-Manager of the Residential Sector Programme at the Trust for the Saving of Electric Power (FIDE), and Víctor Gabriel Zúñiga Espinoza, Director of Energy Efficiency working for the Sub-Secretariat of Planning and Energy Transitions at the Ministry of Energy of Mexico (SENER).

RETScreen: Accelerating the Implementation of Energy Efficiency

22 Jun 2018

How does one transition from the objective of clean energy deployment (including energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration), to the practical implementation of cost-effective projects that will actually reduce conventional energy consumption, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? That is, how does one identify and implement projects that advance clean energy goals but that are also financially attractive?  

Energy Efficiency Investment at the Municipal Level: Time to Think Bigger

22 Jun 2018

By Mark Lister, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. Global targets for emissions reductions set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement have ...