Energy efficiency is a priority for organizations, according to U4E

Organizations see energy efficiency as a solution to rising fuel prices to save money and reduce emissions related to the climate crisis.

Research shows that a secure future below 1.5°C requires the world to reduce 30 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions per year by 2030. Carbon emissions must be reduced building smart cities and managing land and resources more efficiently. Transport and buildings are among the main contributors.

“Increasing energy efficiency, particularly industrial energy efficiency, can make a real difference in reducing our fossil fuel needs,” said Patrick Blake, program manager for United for Efficiency (U4E) – a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – led by a global effort. helping developing countries move their markets towards energy-efficient appliances and equipment.

“This improvement in energy efficiency will also reduce electricity bills for businesses and support the uptake of renewable energy,” he added.

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Energy efficiency can take many forms, with U4E focusing on lighting, refrigeration, air conditioning, distribution transformers and electric motors.

LED lamps, for example, are not only more efficient than conventional lamps, they also last 20 times longer. Research shows that by switching to LED lighting in 156 developing countries, more than 110 terawatt hours (TWh) could be saved by 2030, roughly the same amount as the current electricity consumption of the Netherlands.

Similarly, by increasing the efficiency of distribution transformers, which adjust voltage and current and are placed between the power plant and the consumer, 60 TWh could be saved by 2040, equivalent to the current consumption of the Czech Republic.

“Half of near-term emission reductions in the energy sector can be achieved through energy efficiency, for example by using more energy-efficient appliances and lighting and more efficient motors,” Miriam said. Hinostroza, head of the Global Climate Action Unit. , UNEP’s Energy and Climate Branch.

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UNEP is at the forefront of supporting the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rise to well below 2°C and aiming for 1.5°C, above normal levels. preindustrial. To do this, UNEP has developed a six-sector solution, a roadmap to reduce emissions across all sectors in line with Paris Agreement commitments and in pursuit of climate stability. The six sectors identified are: energy; Industry; agriculture and food; forests and land use; Transportation; and Buildings and Cities.

United for Energy Efficiency (U4E) is a global effort that helps developing countries and emerging economies move their markets towards energy-efficient appliances and equipment. Led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), U4E brings together key stakeholders in the field of product efficacy to inform policy makers, promote global best practices and provide tailored assistance to governments. .

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