Raising awareness about efficiency
Using energy more efficiently brings benefits on several fronts: it makes the energy go further, curbs emissions of carbon dioxide and saves money. The International Energy Agency estimates that energy efficiency measures can deliver half of the cuts in emissions that are needed over the next 25 years to slow global warming, compared with a business-as-usual scenario.
Industrial companies and power utilities are among the biggest users of energy and are therefore among the most sensitive to the need to be more efficient. In no other area are so few actors capable of making such a big difference. In spite of this, practice shows that it can be difficult even for such businesses to capture the opportunities, with a lack of information, expertise and funds common barriers to faster deployment of energy-efficient technologies. "Trends in global energy efficiency 2011" is published by ABB to help raise awareness about the importance of using energy more efficiently and the opportunities that exist for industry and power utilities.