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Energy efficiency: from words to action

Oilfield Technology,

Two new guides have been released by the IEA to help countries around the world develop ambitious energy efficiency policies by showing policy makers, analysts and statisticians how to better track and use data on the so called hidden fuel.

Importance of energy efficiency

The IEA believes energy efficiency is an important way to improve energy security and cut greenhouse gas emissions in the decades to come. However, measuring it is not always east as wide variations exist in the way data on energy efficiency are collected form country to country, if indeed, data is collected at all. The IEA has already noted that more data on energy efficiency and more robust indicators were needed across the globe to help craft more effective policies.

The new publications from IEA address this challenge by providing the necessary tools to initiate and further develop indepth, appropriate and reliable energy efficiency indicators to help countries set energy efficiency targets and track progress towards these goals.

Maria van der Hoeven, IEA Executive Director said, ‘if the world wants to avoid a temperature increase of 5 or 6 °C by the end of the century, then ambitious programmes of energy efficiency have to be launched in all sectors and in all countries. The IEA’s new manuals on energy efficiency indicators will help countries design and implement dynamic, variable energy efficiency programs.

Energy Efficiency Indicators: Fundamentals on Statistics

This manual is intended for statisticians and energy analysts collecting the needed information for the development of energy efficiency indicators. Inadequate resources, expertise, know how and practices are blamed to explain the lack of data indicators, but, surveying, metering and modelling practices exist all around the world. The manual provides more than 160 practices used worldwide for collecting the data needed o build these indicators.

Energy Efficiency Indicators: Essentials for Policy Making

The second manual is for policy makers and energy analysts, giving them the tools needed to determine the priority areas for the development of energy efficiency indicators and how to select and develop the data and indicators that will best support energy efficiency policy making. The indicators also provide a basis for international comparisons that can help identify best practices for effective policy design and implementation in countries.

Next steps

By reducing or limiting energy demand, energy efficiency measures can increase resilience against a variety of risks, stress on energy infrastructure, and disruptions to energy supply systems. The IEA believe that if governments are to meet the goal of limited the rise of global temperatures to no more than 2°C this century in a cost effective way, then energy efficiency will need to play a key role, contributing between one third and one half of all the required future energy and emissions savings. 

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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