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eceee: Energy efficiency could offer major climate wins. But what is it?

(Reuters, 5 Dec 2023) What if the world could quickly slash climate-warming emissions, without having to build so much new renewable energy capacity?

That’s exactly what some experts say needs to happen, by improving the efficiency of appliances and electricity grids through efforts like plugging leaks and stopping so-called “vampire loads” from devices that pull power from wall sockets even when switched off.

By lowering the amount of power needed to perform the same tasks, the world could burn fewer fossil fuels and spend less on expanding solar or wind capacity.

“We don’t just need to change the way we generate electricity, we need to change the ways we use it,” said Larissa Gross of E3G climate think tank.

At least 118 countries at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai have backed a pledge to improve energy efficiency rates by 4% each year until 2030. That would be a doubling of the 2% improvement in efficiency rates seen in 2022.

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Webinar: IEA’s Energy Efficiency 2023 Report: Key findings and a chance to discuss with Lead AuthorsWebinar:

The IEA Energy Efficiency 2023 Report examines the global energy efficiency landscape and identifies key opportunities and challenges for governments. This year’s report highlights the need to double global progress on energy efficiency this decade to get on track for net zero by 2050. The report also explores the role of energy efficiency in inclusive transitions, digitalization, and innovation. IEA published its report on November 29th, at the start of COP28.

This webinar is a special briefing event for the Energy Efficiency Academy members only.

The webinar will feature lead author Lucas Boehlé and principal author Clara Camarasa, who will share the main findings and recommendations. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers. The webinar will be moderated by Diedert Debusscher, Project Manager Clean Energy Transition at the European Copper Institute.

Reserve your seat now to join the discussion.

To register for the webinar, please click on the link.

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