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Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform

Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030

Lead Organisations

SEforALL and its Energy Efficiency Hub, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency


Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030

Roadmap and work plan

Double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in all the sub-sectors of the Platform - i.e. appliances, buildings, industry, lighting, vehicles fuel efficiency. SEforALL now aims at prioritizing its work in 20 countries (based on a energy efficiency heat map), identified as high-impact opportunity countries. Many individual Accelerator goals are interim in nature: each Accelerator has stated its own objectives towards meeting the overall goal of doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030 in each sector. In addition:
- Appliances: currently funded activities envisage CO2 equivalent emissions reductions of 10m tonnes p.a. and if total savings potential identified in 150 country assessments is achieved, it would result in avoidance of 1.25 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum by 2030 (this includes savings from lighting as a product class).
- District energy: develop, retrofit or scale up district energy systems; 16 cities join the Accelerator with pilot cities in at least 5 countries committed to commission a demonstration project by 2018 to reduce heat/cool energy demand by 30% by 2020, equating to savings of 2.3 Mt CO2 equivalent.
- Industry: spread the implementation of Energy Management Systems with a target for half of industrial energy to be covered by EnMS.
- Lighting: accelerate a global market transformation to environmentally sustainable, energy efficient lighting technologies, as well as to develop strategies to phase-out inefficient incandescent lamps to reduce CO2 emissions and the release of mercury from fossil fuel combustion (see comment on 'Appliances' above)
- Vehicle Fuel Efficiency: Doubling global vehicle fuel efficiency from 8 Lge/100km to 4Lge/100km by 2050, resulting in fuel savings of 3 billion barrels of oil a year by 2050 (cumulative savings of 54 billion barrels of oil in total by 2050); CO2 equiv. emissions reductions of >0.5 bn tonnes/year by 2025 and >1.5 bn tonnes/yr by 2050 (cumulative savings of 33 bn tonnes by 2050); Fuel bill savings of $400 bn/year in 2050, for a cumulative $8 trillion net saving by 2050; annual oil import bills  by >USD 300bn in 2025 and >USD 600bn in 2050 (based on oil price USD 100/bbl).


Work is underway to better quantify the overall emissions impact of current and project work of all Accelerators and the Platform as a consolidated activity. Selected work already completed reveals the following:
Appliances: A global transition to efficient appliances would save more than 1,500 TWh/y in electricity by 2030 and 1GtCO2/y. The use of high-efficiency air conditioners, refrigerators and fans alone in these countries will reduce electricity consumption by 165 TWh per year, avoiding emission of 54 million tonnes of GHGs annually.
Building: Low-energy building design and energy efficiency renovation can deliver 25-50% reductions in energy demand from new and existing buildings. Reduce Energy demand from new and existing buildings from over 50%. Build market awareness and action on 1) local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, 2) local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, 3) innovative financing to support efficiency investments, and 4) distributed energy systems at the building and community scale.
Lighting: Potential CO2 emission reduction by 580 million tonnes/yr. Targeting the phase-out of inefficient incandescent lamps by the end of 2016.
Vehicle fuel efficiency: potentially: 1Gt CO2 by 2025 to 2Gt CO2 by 2050

Quantitative Impact




Appliances: United for Efficiency (U4E) Initiative formed to target those countries without standards or with inefficient ones, and associated enabling environments in the key areas of air conditioners, lighting, refrigeration, motors, information technology and transformers.
Buildings: Formed partnerships with 30+ globally active building EE organizations.
District Energy: the Accelerator is implemented through the Global District Energy in Cities initiative, an international public-private partnership with 23 members that promotes modern – low-carbon, and climate-resilient – district energy systems, often as the most energy- and cost- efficient way of heating and cooling dense urban areas, with wide-ranging multiple benefits and the ability to integrate renewables. Currently, both space heating and cooling as well as hot water are estimated to account for roughly 15% of global energy consumption. And by 2030, 60% of the world's population or nearly 5 billion people will live in cities. Since September 2014, through its flagship publication 'District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy', it has positioned district energy as a key option for cities aiming at carbon neutrality in the context of climate and development goals. The Accelerator has engaged 98 cities through its regional training and outreach events.
Industry: industrial energy use makes up an estimated 29% of global energy consumption and large opportunities exist for efficiency in key energy using sectors. Accelerator co-Convenors have been active in promoting energy management systems for more than 300 organizations in 20 countries and achieved a range of results; for example, the implementation of Energy management systems in 20 pilot enterprises in Egypt delivered annual energy savings of 1000 GWh; and 7 pilots in Iran delivered savings 250 GWh.
Vehicle Fuel Efficiency: has supported 27 developing countries + EU, US, Saudi Arabia to adopt more stringent fuel efficiency standards through concerted facilitation and policy work.


Combined resources of approximately $120m of direct and in-kind funding


Mark Lister, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

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