Trends in global energy efficiency 2011
An analysis of industry and utilities

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.

The frugal manufacturer: Using energy sparingly

The frugal manufacturer: Using energy sparingly

As the world leaves a long era of energy abundance and enters an era of constraint, many complex challenges face government, business and society. The Economist Intelligence Unit has surveyed and interviewed executives in industry and utilities on their attitudes toward energy efficiency, and presents its findings in this report.

Global report

Global report

The global data show that there have been substantial improvements in energy efficiency in energy-intensive industries, including power generation, over the last 20 years. The spread of efficient processes and technologies are responsible for these energy productivity gains. Nevertheless, significant potential for using energy more efficiently still exists, particularly in emerging economies.

The state of global energy efficiency

The state of global energy efficiency

Explore energy efficiency by country and by sector in these interactive maps. The data show the gulf between what is being done and what could be done to improve energy efficiency around the world.

Country reports

Country reports

In-depth reviews of the countries of the Group of 20 (G-20), which collectively account for about three-quarters of the world’s energy consumption. The countries are presented in order of their total primary energy consumption (including biomass).

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