The cost implications of improving the energy efficiency of appliances is a vital input for those involved in developing sustainable energy policies. Residential appliances contribute 30% of all electricity generated in OECD countries, producing 12% of all energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. They are the second largest consumer of electricity and the third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD. By 2020 it is estimated that residential appliance electricity consumption will have grown by 25% compared to current levels (OECD/IEA, 2003).
This paper was presented in the eceee Summer Study, 2007. France.
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