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Argentina makes fast strides on energy efficiency

21 Dec 2017

Argentina has emerged as a regional advocate for energy efficiency over the past two years. It all began in late 2015, when Argentina’s newly elected President Mauricio Macri raised energy efficiency to a national priority and established the Under-Secretariat for Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency within the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Since then, the country has gone from strength to strength in developing and implementing energy efficiency policies. In this article, the IPEEC Newsletter takes a closer look at some of the country’s key domestic and international energy efficiency actions.

Countries explore how to tackle air pollution and GHG emissions from heavy-duty vehicles in Buenos Aires

21 Dec 2017

Countries worldwide face the challenges of urban air pollution and growing energy consumption by heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). Many large cities suffer from the externalities of fuel combustion - including emissions of GHG, toxic gas and particulate matters - that cause chronic diseases and premature deaths. In order to tackle these issues, governments can rely on various policy instruments such as fiscal measures, fuel quality and fuel efficiency standards, and market-based approaches.

Achieving growth in Saudi Arabia and China through joint leadership on industrial energy productivity

21 Dec 2017

While their economies differ regarding the scale and diversity of their energy mix, China and Saudi Arabia are both similar in that industry is the main driver of total final energy consumption accounting for around 58 per cent and 55 per cent in China and Saudi Arabia respectively.

What policies are most effective for driving existing building energy efficiency renovations?

21 Dec 2017

The renovation of existing buildings is critical to curbing GHG emissions and reducing sectoral energy consumption. Indeed, while new buildings are being built in accordance with energy efficiency principles and low energy-consumption buildings are starting to reach a ‘critical mass’, a large portion of existing building stock is much less efficient. Although there are many opportunities for improvement, the challenge for policy makers lies in determining the most effective set of policies to encourage improved energy efficiency in existing buildings.