The world needs quick wins to show that climate change can be controlled. A global transition to efficient lighting is perhaps the easiest method. If achieved swiftly, this victory would generate the momentum needed to achieve greater CO2 reductions in other sectors and assist towards stabilizing climate. If CO2 emissions are halved by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, global warming can be stabilized below two degrees.
In many countries energy efficiency is seen as a national security benefit because it can be used to reduce the level of energy imports from foreign countries and may slow down the rate at which domestic energy resources are depleted. Energy source and use has a significant impact on profitability, productivity and carbon footprint.
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As the single largest energy consumer in the United States economy, the federal government spent more than $24.5 billion on electricity and fuel in 2008 alone. Achieving the federal greenhouse gas pollution reduction target will reduce federal energy use by the equivalent of 646 trillion BTUs , the equivalent of 205 million barrels of oil, and taking 17 million cars off the road for one year. This is also equivalent to a cumulative total of $8 to $11 billion in avoided energy costs through 2020.
The average annual rate of growth of energy in the US industrial sector is projected to be 0.3 percent out to 2030, while CO2 emissions from US industry are projected to increase more slowly, at 0.2 percent annually (EIA, 2008). These low rates are due partly to the presumed introduction of energy-efficient technologies and practices within industry. According to a National Research Council report, fully implementing current energy efficiency technologies could reduce US energy use by 17-20% by 2020.
China is the world’s second largest energy consumer after the United States. Consumption on a per capita level however remains low. The continuing shortfall between electricity demand and supply, the escalating cost of building new power plants and competing needs for investment capital are just some of the obvious reasons why China is ripe for improved energy efficiency in lighting and other end-use areas.
The Chinese government launched the energy-saving “5-year plan” in 2005 with a goal to reduce energy use by 20% by implementing renewable energy technologies. Local officials, in turn, set similar goals for the 200 largest companies in each province and city. By the end of 2010, a 19.1% improvement was reported. China has also pledged a 40 to 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2020. As part of this goal, the Chinese government aims to reduce carbon emissions by 17% between 2011 and 2015.
Industrial sector factories and warehouses are the major electricity consumers, which points out the need for energy-saving solutions like alternative energy products. It represents a great area of opportunity with the introduction of Ameri Energy Group’s energy-saving solution, the SunShine Daylighting Systems for industrial sites.
The European Union is facing unprecedented energy challenges. These are the result of its increased dependence on energy imports, as well as concerns about supplies of fossil fuels and the effects of climate change. Nevertheless, Europe continues to waste at least one ﬁfth of its energy through sheer inefﬁciency. This is despite the fact that saving energy is by far the most effective way to simultaneously improve security of energy supply and to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Saving energy also helps to foster economic competitiveness and to stimulate the development of leading edge markets for energy-efﬁcient technologies and products. Partly because of their large share of total energy consumption, the biggest cost-effective savings potential lies in the residential (household) and commercial building (tertiary) sector. The full savings potential in these areas is estimated to be around 27% and 30% of energy use respectively.
The European Commission’s action plan for energy efﬁciency sets out a package of measures designed to put the European Union on track towards saving 20% of its energy by 2020.
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Traditional sources of power do not meet the demands of an environmentally sensitive future. As the costs of fossil fuels continue to rise, the price of electricity and government subsidies will continue to cut into socio-economic growth, widening the gap between those who can afford electricity and those who cannot. Carbon emissions increase as demand grows, and the costs of carbon sequestration are not monetarily efficient to be the only mitigation technique when there are better options available. Renewable energy will stabilize electricity costs, as it is not dependent upon depleting resources. Target for renewables by 2020 hovers over 3% of total energy generation.
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean face unique challenges associated with the generation and use of energy. Most Caribbean island nations depend almost exclusively on imported petroleum for their energy, including both electricity generation and transportation. This high level of dependence leaves these countries vulnerable to the volatility of international oil prices and results in a tremendous drain of capital for imports. Likewise, Caribbean islands are particularly vulnerable to the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel consumption such as sea level rise and increased strength and frequency of hurricanes.
The Department of Sustainable Development within the Organization of American States received financing from the European Union Energy Initiative (EUEI) in 2008 for the implementation of the Action entitled: Increasing the Sustainability of the Energy Sector in the Caribbean through Improved Governance and Management.