An authoritative new study released earlier this week from a consortium of groups led by Fraunhaufer ISI, a German think tank, and funded by ClimateWorks shows how energy efficiency can be a low-cost pathway to keeping global warming to the critical 2 degrees Celsius mark.
The report, “How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2-Degree Future,” shows the results of a detailed study of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies.
It finds that, by leveraging energy efficiency as a significant complement to decarbonizing the energy supply, those countries can realize savings of $2.8 trillion and achieve a net-zero cost to society by 2030 while still achieving decarbonization and minimizing climate change.
This study presents further support for solutions RMI has been championing for decades, combining energy efficiency with clean-energy pathways. It is particularly welcome as nations of the world meet at the Paris climate change conference, also known as COP21.
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