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Energy Efficiency is a game-changer for climate protection

September 19, 2015

By Kandeh K Yumkella and Achim Steiner

We used to call it “being thrifty” — maximizing the benefits while reducing costs. Any of our older relatives who lived through tough times from wars or economic depressions can readily describe the many ways they were ‘efficient’ with the meagre resources available. Economists like to call it ‘resource efficiency,’ ‘energy efficiency,’ or even ‘productivity.’ Either way, it means doing more with less, and in the run-up to the Climate Summit at the United Nations on 23 September 2014, this approach could be a real game changer for climate protection.

Let us explain:

The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is working with partners, such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to give everyone on Planet Earth access to clean and modern forms of energy by improving the way we use energy and doubling the use of renewable sources of energy. But it is the improvement in the way we use energy — energy efficiency — that is the real goldmine. If we can double our energy efficiency by 2030, a major objective of the Initiative, we can greatly reduce the threat of severe climate change, improve our environment, and save a LOT of money.

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