IPEEC Activity report
Energy efficiency now seen as underpinning a 1.5°C future
The proven potential for energy efficiency as a major contributor to global sustainable development and to promoting human prosperity goals – while helping to mitigate climate change – has driven IPEEC activities since its inception in 2009. Ten years on, it is timely to ask whether the message has been received and to what effect.
In October 2018, we saw this message amplified when the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Special Report in which the Low Energy Demand (LED) Scenario delivered the fastest results in the most efficient manner. This scenario requires strategic action across four areas: reducing global energy demand; accelerating decarbonisation of energy supply; increasing renewable energy; and large-scale afforestation (IPCC, 2018). Clearly, energy efficiency plays a central role in the LED Scenario, with reduction in demand also lowering energy-related emissions.
Energy efficiency gained global attention in other key fora. The UN Sustainable Development Goal #7, adopted in 2015, sets the ambitious target to double the rate of improvement for energy efficiency, within the wider goal to achieve universal access to clean, affordable energy by 2030 (SEFORALL, 2015). Additionally, it was shown that energy efficiency measures can deliver almost half of the 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target set out in the agreement reached by the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as the COP21 Paris Agreement (UNFCCC, 2018).