IEA Paper Reviews International Progress on Energy Efficiency Across Sectors

April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a paper in its Energy Efficiency Series, authored by Sara Bryan Pasquier, titled “Implementation of the 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations in IEA Member Countries: Recent Developments.”

In order to support governments in reaching their energy efficiency goals, the IEA recommended a combined 25 policy measures to the G8 summits in 2006, 2007 and 2008, covering seven priority areas: cross-sectoral activities, buildings, appliances, lighting, transport, industry and electric utilities. This report highlights developments in these areas based on the IEA's recommendations, and presents the preliminary outcomes of the IEA's second official evaluation, due in October 2011, with the first having been carried out in 2009.

This preliminary look compares progress in 24 countries since the 2009 evaluation, and finds that, among other things: countries have increased efforts to adopt common energy savings verification, measurement and enforcement tools to reduce uncertainties around quantifying benefits of efficiency investments; in the buildings sector, many countries reported efforts to increase public awareness of energy performance through certification schemes, publication of information on the building stock and advice on improving building efficiency; for appliances and equipment, countries reported strengthening minimum energy performance standards; and in the industrial and electricity sectors, policies and schemes to improve energy management and delivery are taking shape in many countries.

The paper notes, however, that the greatest improvements have been seen in the transport sector, where fuel efficiency standards, efforts to promote awareness about appropriate tire pressure, and other policies have begun to markedly impact efficiency. [Publication: Implementation of the 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations in IEA Member Countries: Recent Developments]