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Session D5 2017-09-05T22:43:26+00:00


The Role of Energy Efficiency in the Energy Transition

Day: 13th September, 2017

Time: 15:00 – 16:30


Short Description:
Energy efficiency measures implemented over the last 25 years have saved an amount of energy equivalent to the total current demand of China, India and Europe combined. However, energy demand is and will be on the rise due to increased electrification and new end-uses. In fact, global electricity consumption per household remained nearly unchanged over the past 15 years. Energy savings e.g. from using more efficient white goods and lamps have been nearly set off by the rise of communication and computer devices.


Questions to be addressed by the session:
What should be priority action areas in the energy transition agenda to ensure that energy efficiency improvements are higher than increases in future energy demand?
In which sector you see the biggest EE potential? What are the trends in the buildings, industry and transport sectors?
Latin American is the region with the highest efficiency in power generation of almost 55%. However, over the past decade or so due to additions in fossil fuels capacity, power generation efficiency decreased slightly by 0.6%. According to OLADE, total energy consumption in Latin America could be reduced by 20-25% if more stringent energy efficiency measures were implemented. Where do you see energy efficiency opportunities in Latin America? What types of fuel switching are possible?
Measuring aggregate energy efficiency is difficult due to a lack of precise indicators. Energy intensity captures country characteristics, structural changes, and economic fluctuations. It also captures changes in energy efficiency. It therefore can be used as an indicator for both national economic performance and energy efficiency. Sector or end-use indicators would be more useful, but are not widely available. Given these shortcomings how credible is the monitoring of international, regional and country EE targets? What could be done to capture progress in EE more accurately?
In order to implement the Paris Climate Agreement, two-thirds of the EU’s low carbon energy infrastructure investment until 2040 will need to be in energy efficiency, which translates into an eightfold increase in current investment levels. As a result EE is being considered as an energy source in its own right. This would lead to: increased transparency about EE cost and benefits; a “level-playing field” with other forms of energy; and an increased scope for public-private financing. What is your opinion about this approach, its prospect for success and applicability in your region/country?


Session composition:
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.

Keynote: Mr. Benoit Lebot, Executive Director, IPEEC
Moderator: Mr. Mark Radka, Chief, UN Environment


Other Panelists TBC

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