Additional Impacts of Energy-Efficiency Measures: A Systemic Overview of their Implications across Societal, Ecological and Economic Dimensions

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Analyses of energy-efficiency measures typically tend to shed light on direct energy savings and the greenhouse gas (GHG) saving potentials, thereby overlooking the non-energy related impacts. This narrow valuation of energy efficiency (EE) measures can lead to a significant underestimation and underappreciation of EE investments, since, in many cases, taking into account additional impacts could reinforce drivers and counterbalance barriers to more energy efficiency investments. For this reason, it is argued that comprehensive energy efficiency assessments should broaden their scope to include non-energy related impacts as well.
Therefore, this report provides an overview of the additional impacts across the building, transport and industry sectors, in order to create a more holistic picture of the non-energy related effects of EE measures for the future European energy system. Although there are numerous ways to categorise additional impacts, they are discussed here in terms of their effects within and across socio-economic, geo-political and ecological dimensions, as well as their relevance and magnitude within and across the building, transport, and industry sectors. In this way, we maintain a systemic perspective on the non-energy related role energy efficiency can play in Europe’s energy transition and sustainability agenda.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Antal sider32
StatusUdgivet - 14 jul. 2022

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