Global energy demand grew by 2% in 2017 after two years of low growth. An increase in energy using activities across many countries, regions and sectors outweighed ongoing progress on energy efficiency. Global energy intensity fell by 1.7% in 2017, the smallest annual improvement this decade.
However, demand would be much higher if not for progress on energy efficiency. Since 2000, improvements in energy efficiency in the world’s major economies offset more than one-third of the increase in energy-using activities. Most of these savings were achieved in the industry and buildings sectors. Globally, efficiency gains since 2000 prevented 12% more energy use in 2017.
Energy Efficiency 2018, the sixth edition in the IEA Market Report Series, is the global tracker of trends and indicators in energy efficiency and an invaluable resource for energy efficiency policy makers and market actors. This year’s report provides a special feature in the form of a new World Energy Outlook Efficient World Scenario, which answers the question: What would happen if policymakers realized all the economically viable potential for energy efficiency that is available with existing technologies?
The report also presents a detailed analysis of energy efficiency trends and drivers in the six major emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa. Energy Efficiency 2018 presents the most comprehensive analysis of current and future energy efficiency trends ever produced by the International Energy Agency, and its insights offer direct pointers to policymakers as to what policy solutions are available to deliver the economic, environmental and social benefits of energy systems that are as efficient as possible.
The Report is available on IEA website; registration and download are free.