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The role of trade in diffusing energy efficiency technologies

30 Sep 2019

Energy efficiency has been identified as one of the most important tools to achieve energy savings, reduce pollution, and mitigate climate change. A wide range of technologies have been developed and adopted to improve energy efficiency in buildings, industry, transport and households. Such technologies, including goods, services, and management systems, represent a fast-growing category of Environmentally Sound Technologies [1]that contribute to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They have also been an essential part of climate action.

Extending the scope of energy efficiency policies via peer-to-peer learning on standardised saving methods

30 Sep 2019

National authorities in the European Union indicate that they would benefit from the pooling of best practices regarding deemed savings methods and standardised calculation formulas. It would assist them in delivering rapidly scalable savings and hence maximise their chances of successfully achieving their national energy savings targets as set under the Energy Efficiency Directive. A recent survey among national stakeholders indicated the sectors and individual energy savings actions that national stakeholders consider as the highest priority for the development and exchange of such standardised calculation methods. 

Cross-disciplinary collaboration is essential for continuous progress on sustainable practices

30 Sep 2019

Communicating sustainability remains a complex topic and has generally been addressed using specialised scientific language and publications, or over-simplified to the point of disservice to the sustainability goals. Recognising the gaps between academia, policy, and society as a whole, the team behind AEON Strategy developed AEON Collective, a research entity operating in parallel to AEON Strategy, with the objective of convening and propagating knowledge that will shed light on sustainable practices and exploring ideas that could contribute to development and progress.  

Shifting gear in race to sustainable mobility is urgently needed

30 Sep 2019

At present, the transport sector accounts for around 28 percent of the global energy- related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is estimated that this may more than double by 2040 as a result of projected increases in the number of light-duty vehicles and associated fuel consumption. For example, according to ICCT [1], the number of motor vehicles on the world’s roads will be roughly double what it was in 2010: about 2.8 billion cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles. CO2 emissions from commercial aircraft are on a pace to triple by 2050, as both passenger air travel and air freight surge worldwide.