Energy efficiency

This website aims to help users around the world to introduce or improve energy efficiency laws in their country or region. Through a combination of efficiency and conservation, energy consumption can be reduced to a sustainable level.

The website presents eight proven and effective policies to help making the use of energy more efficient:

Naturally, the policies represent but a fraction of many options available; their inclusion is based on criteria of effectiveness and feasibility. In addition, the choice of policies covers different modes (regulatory, incentive mechanisms and information policies) and sectors (buildings, appliances, energy supply and transport).

We also need an effective deployment of  renewable energy sources through feed-in tariffs. If dangerous climate change and other crises are to be avoided, CO2 emissions must be reduced at a faster pace. This can be achieved by replacing fossil fuels with renewables. The transition gap between now and a secure renewable energy future can only be bridged if we reduce our energy consumption to sufficient levels through improved efficiency and conservation.

The website aims to give legislators, decision makers and other people involved a compact digest of facts, arguments and a range of policy suggestions reducing energy consumption.

Please click here to download the WFC booklet "Energy Sufficiency - Eight Policies towards the Sustainable Use of Energy".

The energy and climate crisis

The world’s energy consumption faces serious challenges. Based on 85% fossil fuels, the current energy consumption patterns, in particular in the developing world, accelerate the climate change crisis. Moreover fossil resources are fading out and energy shortages, economic instability and geostrategic disputes will increase. Both problems threaten the living conditions of future generations. Today, we still have the power and the alternatives to solve the energy and climate crisis, but the window of opportunity is closing. And as Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA, rightly said “we have to leave oil, before oil leaves us” (Guardian, 3 August 2009). Read more about climate change ...

To see in real time how many tonnes of carbon we are emitting, how many we still can emit without crossing the 2ºC threshold, and by what percentage we must reduce our emissions to achieve this ceiling, go to the Trilliothtonne.org.