Updated: Feb 27, 2020
"A 12-point agenda released by three of the world’s leading energy efficiency councils is setting out the steps countries can take to bring annual efficiency improvements up to a Paris Agreement-compliant 3%.
The report, issued last week by organizations from Europe, India, and the United States, is directed at a commission set up by the International Energy Agency, after the IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook reported annual efficiency improvements slumping to 1.2% per year, the slowest rate since 2010.
A year ago, an IEA study concluded that “efficiency gains alone could allow the world to extract twice as much economic value from the energy it uses compared to today,” the agency stated at the time. Executive Director Fatih Birol said the “right efficiency policies could alone enable the world to achieve more than 40% of the emissions cuts needed to reach its climate goals, without requiring new technology.” "