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The capital role of Measurement and Verification (M&V) to unlock the full potential of energy efficiency

22 Mar 2018

In an address at the Arthur Burns Memorial Lecture in Berlin in September 2016, the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, highlighted two paradoxes about climate change. The first is that climate change is a cost imposed on future generations. The second is that if the transition to a low carbon economy is too fast, this could put global financial stability at risk.

Opportunities for electrification of industry in the European Union

22 Mar 2018

The electrification of heat provides attractive decarbonisation pathways for industry and will significantly change industrial electricity use in a carbon-constrained world. Market-mature electroheating technologies such as induction, resistance, infrared, electric-arc and radio-frequency as well as microwave heating are available today. Promising innovative technologies such as laser, electron-beam and plasma-arc heating are emerging that need to be further developed.

South Africa’s Appliance Energy Efficiency Label: How we are increasing consumer awareness

22 Mar 2018

South Africa’s national policy to meet its dual objectives of universal electrification and economic growth must be balanced against its international commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As the continent’s biggest CO2 emitter, due to the almost exclusive use of coal for power generation and its historically energy intensive economy, energy efficiency projects can offer reductions in the short term. The residential appliance Standards and Labelling (S&L) Programme is precisely one such project.

Food for thought, thoughts to chew on: Solving the Energy Efficiency Puzzle at the Energy Efficiency Restaurant

22 Mar 2018

In 2016, global energy efficiency investments increased by 9% compared to 2015, amounting to a total of USD 231 billion. In particular, the global energy service company (ESCO) market saw significant expansion, with the amount of investments growing by 12% to USD 26.8 billion. Overall however, energy efficiency policy progress in 2016 was the slowest since 2009, a downward trend that puts future energy efficiency gains at risk.[1] To protect and enhance these gains, we need a systematic implementing framework for energy efficiency. Below is my metaphorical suggestion, called the energy efficiency restaurant.