The Energy Efficiency Market Report 2017, which was launched by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at an event held at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on 5 October, shows that energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have flatlined mainly thanks to global improvements in energy efficiency.
Brigitte Zypries, German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, said at the event: “There’s no cleaner energy than energy that isn’t used. This is why it is necessary for energy performance to continue to improve in order to bring down our overall energy consumption. This will mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, and benefit private households, which, according to figures for Germany published by the IEA, can bring down their annual energy bills by almost €500 per person.”
Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), presented the report, which looks at global developments regarding energy efficiency. He said that some considerable progress has been made on global energy performance, but added that more needed to be done. “The benefits, which serve us all, were mainly enabled by the use of benchmark-setting tools. We have found however, that the speed at which new measures have been implemented has slowed down since 2016. It is key for governments to take additional measures to increase energy efficiency across all areas”, said Birol.