The Energy Efficiency Targets - Energy Efficiency Policy Brief provides an overview of the types of energy efficiency target and some of the factors that should be taken into consideration during their development.
A target drives action towards improved efficiency by providing the basis and motivation for a government to establish energy efficiency policies and programmes.
Energy efficiency targets spur the development and implementation of efficiency strategies and policies. Governments have a number of reasons for developing energy efficiency targets, which include actions to meet Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
A target provides the basis and impetus for a government to establish policies, programmes or mechanisms that are intended to drive action towards improved energy efficiency. Credible energy efficiency targets serve several functions:
Energy efficiency is difficult to measure, as population, economic activity, policies and other factors all drive changes in energy use. Targets have nonetheless been established in many countries – not only to achieve energy savings but to gain the multiple benefits that energy efficiency generates.