Many of the barriers to energy efficiency affect all sectors. These obstacles include higher initial capital costs, principal agent problems, - uninformed investors with little familiarity with energy-efficient products, risk exposure, discount rate issues and the difficulty of quantifying external benefits. As a result, it is important to co-ordinate policies in a way that addresses all of these barriers, across all sectors.
Governments play a crucial role in setting the crosssectoral framework for energy efficiency. Governments can help to stimulate investment in energy efficiency and accelerate implementation through national energy efficiency strategies. Once in place, monitoring, enforcement and evaluation of such strategies are crucial to identifying gaps and achieving targets. Compiling end-use data and reporting it to the IEA will also lead to more informed energy efficiency policy decisions.
25 Energy Efficiency Policy recommendations - 2011 update
Spreading the Net: the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency Improvements
Policy Pathway: Joint Public-Private Approaches for Energy Efficiency Finance
Saving Electricity in a Hurry (Chinese) (2005 version)
Scoreboard 2011: Implementing Energy Efficiency Policy: Progress and Challenges in IEA Member Countries
Progress Implementing the IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations (2009 version)
Energy Efficiency Policy and Carbon Pricing
Energy Efficiency Governance - Handbook
Summary of Country Reports submitted to the Energy Efficiency Working Party (September 2012, September 2011, September 2010, January 2010)
Implementing Energy Efficiency Policies: Are IEA Member Countries on Track?