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.

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About cross sectoral

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.

Related material:

Policy Pathways: Joint Public-Private Approaches for Energy Efficiency Finance (2012)
25 Energy Efficiency Policy recommendations (2011)
Spreading the Net:  the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency Improvements (2012)
Saving Electricity in a Hurry (2011)
Saving Electricity in a Hurry - Chinese version (2011)
Saving Electricity in a Hurry 2005 (2005)
Scoreboard 2011:  Implementing Energy Efficiency Policy:  Progress and Challenges in IEA Member Countries (2011)
Energy Efficiency Policy and Carbon Pricing (2011)
Energy Efficiency Governance (2010)
Energy Efficiency Governance - Handbook
Energy Efficiency Governance - Handbook - Russian version (2011)
Progress Implementing the IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations (2009)
Implementing Energy Efficiency: are IEA Countries on Track? (2009)

See also: Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations