Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has the potential to save 9,100 trillion out of 94,580 trillion BTUs of end-use energy across all sectors of the United States by 2020. This could be a tremendous source of emission reductions and energy for our country. The resources below offer information on efficiency policy, the impact of efficiency, and strategies for increasing efficiency that can be practiced by all.

Additional resources: (This is by no means a complete list; your additions are very welcome! Send an email to

Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the US Economy

McKinsey and Company, a private consulting firm, has published an extensive report on energy efficiency in the US. The report considers energy efficiency as an important component in comprehansive national (and global) strategies for managing energy resources and climate change. Working toward energy eddiciency faces barriers as multiple levles. According to the report, if barriers are addressed, energy efficiency provides an opportunity to meet energy needs while no- or low-carbon solutions are being developed, and also presents a significant return on investment.

Curbing Global Energy Demand Growth

McKinsey and Company Global Institute’s full report on containing energy demand shows a multiplicity of opportunities for increasing energy productivity in ways that still support the economic bottom line that is a key component to sustainability. The report takes into account regional and sectoral demand components, corporate and consumer behaviors, and existing policies in its assessments of energy efficiency.

United Nations

Many of the divisions of the UN Secretariat are involved in energy, in particular the Department of Economic and Social Affairs which houses the UN Division for Sustainable Development and provides secretariat services for the UN Energy inter-agency mechanism.

Energy for a Sustainable Future Report

The report calls for commitment of the UN and member states to two key goals, which together address the world’s energy needs: to ensure universal energy access and to reduce global energy intensity. The report recommends actions to achieve the energy goals, and provides an analytical overview of energy access and efficiency.

US Energy Information Administration

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information, aiming to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Consumption and Efficiency

With data and analysis of residential, commercial, manufacturing, and transport energy consumption and efficiency, the Energy Information Administration provides an understanding of the ways energy is currently used in all sectors, and ways to increase the efficiency of energy usage.

US Department of Energy

The Department of Energy searches for transformative solutions to energy, nuclear, and environmental challenges, through scientific engineering, to restore America’s energy systems. THe DOE also focusese on energy security, targeting energy sources that will replace imports.

US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Located in the Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invests in clean energy technologies — wind, hydro, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen technologies — to strengthen the economic, social, and environmental triple bottom line of sustainability.

What you can do: US EERE Homes

This site contains information on ways to utilize renewable energies in your home, or to be more efficient with the energy sources you already use. Materials on incentives, rebates, tax credits, and financing are available from this page. Also available are links to the Department of Energy’s programs and initiatives on increasing residential energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency Abroad

Asia Sustainable and Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE)

ASTAE was created in 1992 with a mandate to scale up the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, while increasing energy access to reduce poverty. The program brings awareness about energy efficiency to many countries in Asia, with particular success in East Asia and the Pacific Region.

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in East Africa

As buildings comprise a large portion of energy consumption, UN-HABITAT’s program in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, and Burundi works to mainstream energy efficiency measures into housing policies, building codes and building practices in East Africa and to achieve considerable avoidance of CO2 emissions as a result of improved building practices.

Prepared by Charlotte Ambrozek, Intern


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