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Slowdown in energy efficiency improvements

Dr Christoph Frei,
Secretary General,
16 September 2013 – Dr Christoph Frei, the World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general, says, “Over recent years there has been a general slowdown in energy efficiency improvements. The main concern is that absolute energy demand is still growing, driven by rapid non-OECD economic growth.”

The findings of a report to be published in October 2013 by the WEC and ADEME, the French environment agency, called “World Energy Perspectives: Energy Efficiency Policies”, reviews the latest energy intensity trends and analyses the policies in 85 countries representing more than 95% of global consumption. It finds that since 1990 energy productivity improvements have helped avoid 9.6 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions.

Dr François Moisan, executive director of strategy at ADEME and chair of the report, says, “The report finds that energy efficiency improvements over the last 20 years have resulted in significant energy savings. In 2011 these savings were equivalent to one-third of the global primary energy consumption. This is thanks to the energy efficiency policies and measures implemented in OECD countries, and which have spread to many others.”

The WEC is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, the WEC is the UN accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3,000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders.