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IEA: Energy intensity improvement are slowing down

In 2018, primary energy intensity improved by just 1.2%, the slowest rate since 2010. This means that the effort in reducing energy consumption through improvement to the energy efficiency of our processes is significantly and continuously slowing down. This is an alarming data, in fact, together with the increase in renewable energy shares in the generation, it is crucial to reduce the energy that we use in the first place to fight #climatechange and to move towards a more #sustainable world!

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https://www.iea.org/efficiency2019/

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Matt Chester on Nov 5, 2019 11:29 pm GMT

This means that the effort in reducing energy consumption through improvement to the energy efficiency of our processes is significantly and continuously slowing down.

This is wont to happen eventually as we plateau in efficiency technology, but I agree that there's enough fruit out there that we've not yet touched that this slowdown is concerning. Hopefully we see some more concerted efforts towards efficiency across economies and sectors 

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Marco Scarpellino on Nov 13, 2019 3:16 pm GMT

I think that we have to target both energy efficiency improvement through technology and also a reduction in consumption through more wise usage. Consider, for example, the electricity consumption related to air conditioning in the Middle East, removing the incentive from the electricity will force people and companies to reduce their consumption to avoid their bills to skyrocket.

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Mike Cassity on Nov 12, 2019 3:42 pm GMT

Great information. Thanks for posting Marco.

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Marco Scarpellino on Nov 13, 2019 3:16 pm GMT

Thanks Mike!

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