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Energy efficiency: The best immediate option for a secure, clean, healthy future

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The imperatives for reducing the world's dependence on fossil and nuclear fuels have multiplied manifold in recent years with the advent of worldwide terrorism. These new dangers come in addition to the imperatives of addressing the dire consequences of global warming and devastating pollution that accompany the use of these fossil fuels. Reducing dependence on these unsafe and unreliable energy resources should be a top global priority. Implementation of proven energy efficiency technologies offers the world the fastest, safest, most economic and most environmentally benign way to alleviate these threats. This article outlines available efficiency measures, their economic advantages and means by which they may be and have been implemented. While examples of efficiency applications from both developed and developing countries are given, the article relies heavily on experience with energy efficiency in the United States, where data on efficiency is particularly abundant.

Keywords: Appliance efficiency; Building efficiency; Energy efficiency; Energy efficiency measures; Energy subsidies; Industrial and utility efficiency; Lighting efficiency; Research and development; Vehicle efficiency

Document Type: Commentary


Affiliations: Pace University School of Law; Chair, Energy Law and Climate Specialist Group, World Conservation Union (IUCN) Commission on Environmental Law

Publication date: 2006-11-01

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