Best Practice in Energy Efficiency Policy
The IEA seeks to support countries in implementing effective policies to realise the full potential of energy efficiency. The following resources provide strong analysis of a wide range of policy instruments in the following areas: Appliances and equipment, Buildings, Industry, Lighting, Transport and Utilities.
Reports and Policy Recommendations
25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations
Published: 21 August 2011
IEA analysis has led to the development of 25 energy efficiency policy recommendations which identify best-practice, highlighting the opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and policy approaches in each sector to realise the full potential of energy efficiency.
The IEA also collaborated with regional experts and partners to develop specific energy efficiency policy recommendations for the Arab-Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Regions and for Ukraine.
Policy Pathway Series
Based on direct experience, research, expert workshops and best-practice case studies, the Policy Pathway series outlines the essential steps and milestones for energy efficiency policy development and implementation. Policy Pathways can help countries to ask the right questions, to inform and consult stakeholders, to ensure allocation of sufficient resources, provide training for stakeholders, and communicate results. They also help countries to establish robust monitoring systems and to evaluate results in a way that ensures the achievement of desired objectives.
IEA Insight papers provide policy and/or technical analysis on a specific work area. They are often released as a work in progress that has been produced in parallel with – or is contributing to – other IEA work or formal publication.
Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) Database
The BEEP database was launched in 2012 as part of the work of the IEA’s Sustainable Buildings Centre (SBC). It provides a detailed breakdown of policies for energy efficiency in buildings around the world, including those supporting buildings codes, labels, incentive schemes and zero-energy buildings.
Policy and Measures Database (PAMS): Energy Efficiency
The Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures database provides information on policies and measures taken or planned to improve energy efficiency. The database further supports the IEA G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action mandate to “share best practice between participating governments”, and the agreement by IEA Energy Ministers to promote energy efficiency and close policy gaps.
Our work on Energy efficiency
Global Trends in Energy Efficiency
Released October 2017
The annual Energy Efficiency Market Report tracks the core indicators of energy efficiency, providing insights on the latest trends, drivers and market prospects
Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies
The IEA is supporting the scale-up of energy efficiency activities that generate economy-wide benefits in major emerging economies
Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is often defined as achieving the same services with less energy. This definition grossly understates the power of energy efficiency to provide benefits beyond energy savings for society and for the economy
Energy Efficiency Statistics
Good data is an essential component of effective policy making on energy efficiency. Access our global datasets, indicators and training manuals here
Best Practice in Energy Efficiency Policy
From a choice of policy instruments to optimal design and implementation, countries can learn from a wealth of global expertise
Future Scenarios for Energy Efficiency
Access our latest modelling and analysis to gain insight into potential future scenarios for energy efficiency globally
The Future of Cooling
Air conditioners and electric fans account for nearly 20% of the total electricity used in buildings worldwide
Energy Efficiency 2017
Global tracker examining the trends, indicators, impacts and drivers
Market-Based Instruments for Energy Efficiency
Market-based instruments offer the potential for policy makers to access more cost-effective efficiency gains
- Only 4 out of 38 clean-energy technologies are on track to meet long-term climate goals
23 May 2018
- Canadian energy system has significant untapped efficiency savings
18 May 2018
- Air conditioning use emerges as one of the key drivers of global electricity-demand growth
15 May 2018
Events & workshops
WorkshopEnhancing the Impact of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies - A joint workshop of the IEA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working PartiesFrench Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministerial Conference Centre, Paris
WorkshopBeyond energy savings: The multiple benefits of energy efficiency Ministerial Conference Centre, 27 rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris
Workshop2nd G20 Energy End-Use Data and Energy Efficiency Metrics WorkshopBuenos Aires, Argentina