Opportunities to change development pathways toward lower greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency

Jayant Sathaye*, Franck Lecocq, Eric Masanet, Adil Najam, Roberto Schaeffer, Rob Swart, Harald Winkler

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Abstract

There is a multiplicity of development pathways in which low energy sector emissions are not necessarily associated with low economic growth. However, changes in development pathways can rarely be imposed from the top. On this basis, examples of energy efficiency opportunities to change development pathways toward lower emissions are presented in this paper. We review opportunities at the sectoral and macro level. The potential for action on nonclimate policies that influence energy use and emissions are presented. Examples are drawn from policies already adopted and implemented in the energy sector. The paper discusses relationships between energy efficiency policies and their synergies and tradeoffs with sustainable development and greenhouse gas emissions. It points to ways that energy efficiency could be mainstreamed into development choices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-337
Number of pages21
JournalEnergy Efficiency
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Energy efficiency
  • GHG emissions
  • Mainstreaming
  • Sustainable development
  • Synergies and tradeoffs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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