For India, and indeed the world, to achieve its targets for reducing carbon emissions and combating global climate change, improving levels of energy efficiency has to be the number one objective.
Although efficiency is often neglected in discussions of energy futures, the evidence is that in countries such as the US and the UK it has contributed a higher level of energy services than any other energy resource including renewables. Evidence from all over the world show that in most situations efficiency is also the cheapest source of energy as well as, of course, the cleanest and the fastest to deploy. Furthermore, it can also bring many other benefits including: More jobs, cleaner air, better health, and more pleasant working environments.
Despite these massive advantages energy efficiency remains under-exploited for many reasons of which I will only mention two here. First of all, it is invisible and it has been hard to measure as it is the difference between what energy is used and what would have been used if no measure or project had been undertaken. Read More
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