South East Asia has to Improve Energy Efficiency

SOUTHEAST Asia‘s energy demands are predicted to explode by 76 per cent by 2030, a faster growth rate than the rest of the world leading to a call for improved energy efficiency.

“The countries of Southeast Asia are set to play an increasingly important role in global energy markets in the decades ahead”, said Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) this week at the Clean Energy Technologies Symposium in Singapore.

According to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2009, the regions rapid growth in energy demand will require improved energy efficiency to ensure security, growth and sustainability.

Plus the region’s CO2 emissions will reach 5 per cent of the expected global output by 2030, up from 3.5 per cent today.

Therefore, rapid and large-scale improvements in energy efficiency and deployment of clean energy technologies in the region are vital.
Tanaka added:

“I am also very pleased to be launching....the second of the IEA’s new ”Policy Pathway” series, Energy Performance Certification of Buildings.

“Governments are missing a great opportunity to save energy in buildings. Energy efficiency can save energy and cut CO2 emissions at very little or no cost, but there remains a lot to be done if governments and industry are to capture these savings.

“This new Policy Pathway provides lessons learned from countries with buildings certification programmes,” Tanaka announced.
Energy performance certification is a way to rate the energy efficiency of individual buildings – whether they be commercial, public or residential.

Energy efficiency in Southeast Asia is particularly important. In the 450 Scenario in the WEO 2009, more than 60% of the total CO2 reduction by 2030 stems from efficiency improvements in the region.

The overall energy savings by 2030 relative to the Reference Scenario exceed the current consumption of Malaysia, while greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution are also reduced.

“With only about 1% of the world’s proven reserves of oil, energy efficiency is the future resource of Asia that will enhance energy security as well as growth and sustainability,” Tanaka said.

“We hope countries will be better able to implement effective energy efficiency policies – and, therefore, achieve greater energy efficiency improvement,

“If you give a country an energy efficiency recommendation, you hold their attention for a day. Help a country to implement the recommendation, and you can launch energy savings that last for years,” Tanaka revealed.

Picture by AngMoKio

Friday 5th November 2010

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