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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

Global targets for emissions reductions set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement have put energy efficiency high on the political, industrial and social agenda. Energy efficiency at a global level is an essential response to climate change and fundamental to achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. But energy efficiency is not only about saving our climate.