Scaling Up Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries
By reducing the amount of inputs needed to provide a desired energy service, energy efficiency minimizes the financial costs of energy and alleviates other negative effects associated with energy production and use. Energy efficiency policies address market failures that limit adoption of efficient technologies, thereby providing net economic benefits to users while supporting other public goods.
This document will highlight the building blocks of solid energy efficiency policy planning and implementation in the context of developing economies and will provide practical information and strategies for helping to implement these policies effectively. Building blocks include 1) regulatory actions (standards) to “raise the floor” of efficiency of new equipment and construction, 2) market priming to pave the way for new technologies and thereby “raise the ceiling” of the market, and 3) integrated planning to prioritize energy efficiency in national economic and environmental policy. Well-designed technical assistance can provide the catalyst to pursue these programs and the expertise to help make them successful.
This document is meant as a resource for technical assistance programming that considers energy efficiency policy as a top priority for energy sector technical assistance, and treats it as an integrated whole with multiple interacting and self-reinforcing components.