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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Rebound in Emerging Economies

Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Rebound in Emerging Economies

This report presents three historical case studies of when energy efficiency rebound occurred: lighting from 1700 to present, electricity generation in 20th century America, and iron and steel production from 1900 onward.

The report comes at a time when there is a concerted effort to understand the extent of rebound and how much we can depend upon energy efficiency as a way to reduce energy consumption and thus greenhouse gas emissions. In April, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced for the first time that rebound effects "cannot be ignored," and that attention to them is essential for "providing a clearer understanding of [efficiency's] contribution to climate policies."

The three historical case studies are particularly instructive because they are three sectors in which demand for energy is expected to grow significantly, particularly in emerging economies. Moreover, these sectors have been the focus of much attention from governments and institutions seeking to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency improvements.



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