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Go green and prosper, British government says
by Daniel J. Graeber
London (UPI) Sep 9, 2014


IEA wants to change narrative on energy efficiency
Berlin (UPI) Sep 9, 2014 - The director of the International Energy Agency said Tuesday from Berlin energy efficiency is a hidden fuel that could support economic growth.

The IEA published a study saying energy efficiency may have benefits that go beyond just cutting back on demand.

"This report lays out the case for governments to invest more time in measuring the impacts of energy efficiency policies, to improve understanding of their role in boosting economic and social development and to facilitate policy design that maximizes the benefits prioritized by each country," IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said in a statement.

The IEA said it's trying to reframe the narrative of energy efficiency to show it's a hidden fuel that can be used as a source of energy security and a builder of national wealth.

The paper suggests nearly 60 percent of the economic potential from energy efficiency is unrealized through 2035 because efficiency is typically undervalued in national policies.

The British government said Tuesday it was charting a course where low-carbon energy is part of a competitive global future.

"You can go green and continue to prosper and develop -- that is the strong message we will be taking to the global community in the coming months," British Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said in a statement.

The British government launched its so-called Paris 2015 document ahead of next year's international climate summit in France.

The document outlines how acting now on cutting greenhouse gas emissions can help deter future climate disasters. The government's agenda describes how it's giving "a decisive political signal" that the future of energy is low-carbon.

Davey said the United Kingdom is already feeling the worst impacts of climate change. The British government said winter storms in December and January led to the wettest period in the country since record-keeping began. There's an "increasing body of evidence" to suggest intense weather is "consistent with what is expected from the fundamental physics of a warming world."

There's a level of disparity between developed and developing countries on how to best coordinate climate policies.

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