Tuesday, December 07, 2010


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


World Economic Forum [WEF] & Accenture




[full-text, 40 pages]



The World Economic Forum, in partnership with Accenture, is pleased to release Energy Efficiency:

Accelerating the Agenda. The work builds on the January 2010 publication, A New Energy Vision: Towards a

More Efficient World, developed in collaboration with IHS CERA, which explored the key drivers and barriers

behind energy efficiency and seeks to address why energy efficiency has not been more successful in



Energy efficiency is about doing more with what we have. It thus touches on every industry sector and has

huge potential to contribute to energy savings and a reduction in carbon emissions. This potential is welldocumented

from the release of McKinsey’s abatement curve to the efforts by the International Energy

Agency (IEA) and other international organizations, and yet it continues to be raised as a critical issue to

address. This is because despite the potential there is a substantial gap, and energy efficiency measures are

still not being implemented at scale, indicating a significant opportunity is being missed. The reasons behind

this range from market to institutional failures and the need to be overcome if we are to use energy efficiency

to effectively meet rising energy demand, support economic development and meet the critical challenges of

climate change, energy security and economic competitiveness.


This study seeks to accelerate the agenda and identify the barriers holding implementation back by looking

at the roles of stakeholders and how they can work together to create multistakeholder solutions to bridge

the gap. Through this work the Forum hopes to reveal stakeholder perspectives and enable a starting point

for increased dialogue and cooperation throughout 2011 and beyond.



Foreword 5

I. Executive Summary 7

II. Introduction to the Research 8

III. Where We Are Today 10

1. Role of the Public Sector 10

2. Role of the Private Sector 18

3. Role of International Organizations, NGOs and Academia 20

IV. Challenging the Concept of “Low-hanging Fruit” 23

1. Interview Insights 24

2. Implementation Barriers and Recommended Solutions 26

V. Concrete Action to Accelerate the Agenda 33

1. Development of a Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Ecosystem 33

2. Creation of an Action-oriented Network of Private Sector Actors

to Take the Lead 34

3. Development of an International Standard to Measure and Report

on Energy Efficiency 35

VI. Conclusions 36

Press Release 7 December 2010
New Report Launched at COP16 Aims to Cut Expected US$ 26 Trillion Energy Costs by 2030

Desiree Mohindra, Senior Media Manager,Tel.: +41 (0)22 869 14 62; E-mail: desiree.mohindra@weforum.org


Geneva, Switzerland, 7 December 2010 – A new World Economic Forum report developed in partnership with Accenture was presented today at the Green Solutions Event at COP16 in Cancun. The Energy Efficiency: Accelerating the Agenda report emphasizes the urgent need for energy efficiency to be at the forefront of the global agenda.

Energy demand is expected to increase by 40% by 2050. The estimated capital required to meet projected energy demand through to 2030 amount in cumulative terms to US$ 26 trillion. Of all the energy options, energy efficiency is able to provide the largest capacity for cutbacks in energy demand in the medium term. This potential can be measured in energy savings, cost savings and reduction in emissions. Research has identified that of the carbon abatement required, 57% could be achieved through implementation of energy efficiency measures by 2030.



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