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Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency: A Handbook for Policy Makers and Evaluators

This full length book will be  published by the IEA Energy Efficiency Unit in the fall of 2014.  It is the product of an IEA study which seeks to broaden the discussion of energy efficiency policy as part of wider economic and socioeconomic strategy. The IEA Energy Efficiency Unit began this work in 2012 with a preliminary scoping study investigating the range of impacts delivered by energy efficiency, and publishing an IEA Insights paper, "Spreading the Net" (IEA, 2012), which provides a preliminary assessment of this topic and these benefits.

The IEA identified at least fifteen distinct benefits, from health and well-being to improved industrial productivity (See Figure 1 below).

Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency Imporvements ‌Early investigations of these multiple benefits (also called “non-energy” or “co-benefits”) suggest that they are significant, however they are left out of most policy and programme evaluations, for various reasons – lack of data and evaluation methods, estimation challenges and perceived credibility risk.  

It is important for policy makers to be aware of these potential multiple benefits and, where appropriate, to include them in policy design and evaluation.

The Energy Efficiency Unit  is coming to the end of an in-depth study of five selected benefit areas supported by a series of expert round-table discussions focusing on each benefit category in turn, in order to share experience, discuss issues and challenges, and assemble good practice approaches for each benefit category. 

You can access the materials from those expert roundtables by following the links below:

 -- macro-economic benefits and jobs

 -- health and well-being

 -- energy provider and consumer benefits

 -- industrial productivity and competitiveness

 -- public budget impacts