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An Energy-efficiency Strategy for the Twenty-first Century

Published in April 2001

Energy efficiency is the moderate, economically and ecologically efficient, and socially sustainable use of energy. It depends on changing the ways in which we produce, travel, and consume, and in particular on the use of more adapted materials (better insulation for buildings).

The workshop focuses its proposals on three central issues:
- A change of approach: energy is too often dealt with as the product of a such and such a material (petroleum, wood, wind power, etc.), whereas the real finality is the satisfaction of the needs of families and companies for heat, electricity, cooking, manufacturing materials, etc. Thus education and training programs (in schools, UNESCO activities, etc.) should be promoted in order to situate the satisfaction of energy requirements for sustainable development and quality of life rather than on production requirements.
- Make available financial and human resources to set up organizations responsible for promoting energy efficiency policies at regional, national and global levels (with the creation of a world agency for energy efficiency).
- Promote adapting forms of finance: carrying out a project (building construction, upgrading transport infrastructures, etc.) that incorporates energy efficient materials and designs generally implies additional investment in comparison to traditional projects. Consequently, adapting methods of financing are needed and financial institutions should be encouraged to use them.


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- Bernard Laponche

Independent assessor in the following domains: Formulation of energy policies, analysis of the demand and the consumption of energy, energy forecasting and management, energy policies and programs. Assessor of governments, national agencies, international organizations: European Commission, United Nations, World Bank, European Bank for the Reconstruction and the Development (EBRD), French government, ADEME (French Agency of the environment, the Energy Efficiency and the Renewable Energy), French regional authorities.


- Julie Hazemann

World Information Service on Energy (WISE PARIS)

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- Mycle Schneider
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Topics Included

energy . politics . technology and viable development . world

Workgroup Papers

Go ! Sustainable Forest Management
Go ! Agriculture and Sustainable Development
Go ! An Energy-efficiency Strategy for the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Civil society and GMOs: What Strategies Should be Applied Internationally?
Go ! Environmental Education
Go ! Food Sovereignty and International Trade Negotiations
Go ! Food, Nutrition, and Public Policies
Go ! Industrial Ecology: Agenda for the Long-term Evolution of the Industrial System
Go ! People’s Right to Feed Themselves and Achieve Food Sovereignty
Go ! Proposals on Food Security
Go ! Proposals Related to the Water Issue
Go ! Rejecting the Privatization of Life and Proposing Alternatives
Go ! Save Our Soils to Sustain Our Societies (SOS2)

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