Global Commission

for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency

An independent high-level commission has been established to advance global progress on energy efficiency. It will focus on key short-term policy actions that governments can take to increase action on energy efficiency.


The Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency was established on 24 June 2019 at the IEA’s 4th annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin, Ireland. The Commission currently has 21 members and is composed of national leaders, current and former ministers, top business executives and global thought leaders. Please visit the Members page for more information on who is taking part.

With analytical support from the IEA, Commission members will examine how progress on energy efficiency can be rapidly accelerated through new and stronger policy action by governments across the globe. It will develop a series of actionable recommendations that will be announced in the summer of 2020.

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The Commission's work comes at a critical moment in clean energy transitions around the world. Despite energy efficiency's tremendous potential, the world is struggling to capture its full benefits. Global energy demand continues to increase and CO2 emissions are at record levels. Meanwhile, energy intensity – the energy required to produce one unit of global gross domestic product (GDP) – is not improving quickly enough to offset strong energy demand and CO2 emissions growth. In light of these worrying trends, there is a growing recognition by governments and leaders across the globe that efficiency efforts need to be stepped up.

Visit the IEA’s efficiency pages for a wealth of insights and analysis on energy efficiency, including Energy Efficiency 2018, the latest in our market report series.


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The IEA is interested in hearing from you about the critical topic of energy efficiency and the work of the Commission. By answering this short survey, you will provide valuable input to the Commission as it works to develop its final recommendations.

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