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Energy efficiency: a Silver Bullet for the SDGs?

20 Mar 2019

Though the benefits of energy efficiency have been analysed by several bodies , their findings often remain outside the realm of energy. Worse, many academic works misunderstand the impact of energy efficiency measures. For instance, the International Council for Science published an analysis of the interactions between different SDGs and considered energy efficiency along with renewable energy as being “consistent” or “constraining” to Goal 1’s target 4 on access to economic resources . The report states that “Decarbonising the energy system through renewables and efficiency is consistent with the provision of basic energy services as long as policies help to shield the poor from any fuel price increases that may result.

In the story of energy poverty, energy efficiency is a vital thread

19 Mar 2019

In remote Nepal, a woman and her daughter spend two hours with a wooden mallet and a hand-woven basket, husking enough rice (which they have grown themselves) to feed their family for about two weeks. Later, they will spend two more hours collecting wood for the fire to cook it. 

G20 countries must scale up ambition and action to decarbonise transport

19 Mar 2019

Decarbonising the transport sector is key to meeting global climate change goals established under the Paris Agreement. More than 80% of all Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted under the framework of the Paris Agreement mention transport and acknowledge its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, but ambition and strategies for action are lacking.

 

“Network Zero” Devices for an Energy Efficient World

19 Mar 2019

The growing trend towards network-connected technologies such as the “Internet of Things” is rapidly transforming the world in which we live, creating new services and benefits that can permeate all areas of society.  While electrical devices that are network-connected have the potential to improve the way we manage energy, they also consume additional energy in order to remain connected 24/7 – called “network standby”.