The International Energy Agency (IEA) has referred to energy efficiency as the “world’s first fuel”, championing it as a major new fuel with potential to cut carbon emissions and pollution while providing cost-effective energy security, writes Energy Live News.
Its new report has revealed the energy savings from efficiency measures taken over the longer term exceeded the output from any other single fuel source.
Launching the inaugural Energy Efficiency Market Report last week, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said: “Simply put, the cleanest megawatt hour will be the one we never need and the most secure barrel of oil the one we never burn. It is also often the cheapest and the easiest to achieve in difficult conditions. But energy efficiency opportunities really make up an interlinked constellation – between transport, industry, buildings and the like.”