Indicators that track changes in energy use and efficiency are focus of IEA workshop

8 June 2012

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A review of how energy efficiency indicators are used in policy making was the focus of a workshop which took place at the International Energy Agency’s headquarters in Paris on 6 and 7 June.

More than 100 policy makers, analysts and statisticians from all over the world discussed how indicators are currently used by governments and how they can be further improved.

Energy efficiency indicators – a combination of sectoral energy consumption and activity data – are essential tools for policy makers and analysts when assessing and monitoring past and present energy policies, and for designing effective future action.

Based on various scenarios from the IEA, energy efficiency could account up to 50% in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and a large percentage of the decrease in energy demand.

“Worries over energy security, the social and economic impacts of high energy prices and growing concerns about climate change are leading many countries to put greater emphasis on developing policies and measures that promote energy efficiency,” said Jean-Yves Garnier, Head of Statistics at the IEA. “One way to ensure that such policies are well targeted and based on best practices is to build and maintain a set of well-founded indicators that track changes in energy use and efficiency.”

However, resources are often inadequate to build, maintain and use this set of indicators. As a result, participants called on policy makers to increase the visibility of energy efficiency indicators which are the basis of any sound energy efficiency policy.

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