Acceleration on energy efficiency is ‘vital and achievable'

Higher ambition and faster action by governments to accelerate improvements in energy efficiency worldwide are both vital and achievable, according to ten key recommendations published by the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency.

With the support of the IEA, the members of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency have over the past year explored the most effective ways to achieve stronger global progress in energy efficiency, which brings major benefits such as lower energy bills, large numbers of new jobs and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The recommendations are:

• prioritise cross-cutting energy efficiency action for its economic, social and environmental benefits. A stronger, all-of-government policy focus will enhance social and economic development, energy security and resilience, decarbonisation, and rapid job creation and economic stimulus;

• act to unlock efficiency's job creation potential. Energy efficiency can quickly deliver job growth and can become a long-term, sustainable employment sector;

• create greater demand for energy efficiency solutions.Efficiency action will be most rapidly scaled up through a focus on increasing demand for efficient products and services and enabling greater levels of market activity;

• focus on finance in the wider context of scaling up action.Mobilising finance is an essential element of efficiency action, and policies to do so will be most effective if they are part of a wide, coherent approach to driving market scale;

• leverage digital innovation to enhance system-wide efficiency. Policymakers can take advantage of digital innovation's potential to enable smart control, better energy management, and wider energy system optimisation;

• the public sector should lead by example. Governments should lead through investment in public sector efficiency and driving innovation and higher standards throughout its reach;

• engage all parts of society. Implementation of efficiency action can happen at all levels of society, with cities, businesses, and local communities all playing a particularly important role in its success;

• leverage behavioural insights for more effective policy. People are at the centre of energy efficiency action, and insights from behavioural science can help design smarter policies;

• strengthen international collaboration.International collaboration and exchange of best practice allow countries to learn from each other and to harmonise approaches and standards where appropriate; and

• raise global energy efficiency ambition. Governments should be significantly more ambitious in both the short- and long-term when setting their efficiency targets, policies and actions.

The Global Commission’s work comes as many governments are increasingly focusing on plans to repair the social and economic damage caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The Commission’s recommendations focus on this new reality and highlight the strong role that energy efficiency can play in bringing about a sustainable recovery.

“At this critical time, the importance of energy efficiency has not faded. If anything, the case is stronger and more urgent than ever before,” said Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland (pictured), the Commission’s Honorary Chair, in an introduction to the recommendations. “We need transformative change. Therefore, we have developed this set of 10 recommendations that identify policies that can be implemented quickly to boost activity on energy efficiency globally.”

Established a year ago, the Global Commission is an independent body comprising 23 members from around the world spanning government, industry, research and civil society. Drawing on the IEA’s analysis showing the worrying slowdown of global efficiency progress in recent years, the Global Commission was tasked with examining how to reverse this trend through new and stronger policy action by governments across key sectors of the economy.

 

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