Energy Efficiency

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Nothing works without energy. Our needs and demands concerning energy use are various. We need energy in order to meet our mobility demands, to keep it warm and bright, to prepare food and beverages, to render services and to manufacture products. The amount of energy we use for different purposes depends on the intelligence and efficiency of the use of energy. Furthermore, it depends on the existing infrastructure, the market conditions and the political-administrative framework. In addition, demands concerning care economy and requirements regarding flexibilisation have an impact on the energy we use. Energy savings resp. an increase in energy efficiency can be achieved at different sections of the supply and demand chain:

  • in energy supply: renewables, combined heat (cold) and power production, efficient power plants. These are the topics that Research Group 1 deals with at the Wuppertal Institute;
  • in energy transmission and distribution, e.g., by using energy-efficient transformers, reducing or - in heat grids - insulating lines and system optimisation;
  • on the energy demand side by intelligent use of energy without reducing the level of comfort (energy savings by increased energy end-use efficiency), by substituting an energy carrier by one that uses less primary energy (energy savings by substitution), or by not using a certain energy consuming product or service (energy savings exceeding an increase in energy efficiency).

In all these areas, there are major potentials for innovation and market opportunities. Realisation can be fostered by adequate policies and measures. The research questions that the Wuppertal Institute is dealing with regarding to energy efficiency as well as information about the Wuppertal Institute's research on energy efficiency policy in newly industrialising and developing countries can be found at this website.

What's New

Green and Energy-Efficient Building

Panel session on of the bigEE project at the 10th IGEBC in Beijing

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New Partner Joins bigEE-Project

Indian Bureau of Energy efficiency is a member since February

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Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Policies

IEPPEC 2014 in Berlin

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Effective Implementation of Energy Efficiency in Europe

Final report of the project "Energy-Efficiency-Watch 2"

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Energy and Environmental Impact of Lighting, Heating and Cooling Equipment

7th EEDAL conference

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eceee Summer Study 2013 on Energy Efficiency in Europe

Videos and documents published

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Downloads

Energy Efficiency Policy in Newly Industrialising and Developing Countries

Draft profile of a thematic focus

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Mix of Policy Instruments of Increasing Energy Efficiency

Strategies and instruments to foster an energy efficiency policy

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Defining Energy Efficiency

Working definition by Wuppertal Institute

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Energy Efficiency Potentials

Comparison of technical-economic end-use energy efficiency potentials of different studies

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Energy Efficiency - Essential Research Questions

Key research questions from the perspective of Research Group 2

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Projects

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Creation of a Basic Concept for a Low-Carbon State Administration in NRW

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EnerTransRuhr

The German "Energiewende" - Development of an Integrative and Transformative Research Design in the Case of the Energy Transition of the Ruhr Area and North Rhine-Westphalia

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Climate Action Financing Concepts and Instruments for the City of Osnabrück

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Climate Protection Concept for the City of Wolfsburg - Transport section

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Energy Sufficiency - Strategies and Instruments for a Technical, Systemic and Cultural Transformation Towards a Sustainable Limitation of Energy Demand in the Building/Living Sector

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Preparatory Studies and Technical Assistance on Specific Product Groups under the Ecodesign Directive

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Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings and Municipal Integrated Heat Recovery in the Community - Creating Climate Protecion Concepts for the City Waldbroel

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SOLUTIONS

Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban TransporTatION

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Studies on Reviews of Implementing Measures Related to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling

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Climate Protection and Efficiency Policies in the European Union

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KomRev

The Municipal Efficiency Revolution for Climate Protection in German Cities - Requirements, Transformation Paths and Effects

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EEDP Thailand 1

National Energy Efficiency Plan as Core Element of an Action- and MRV-Based Emission Reduction Strategy Thailand

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Mitigation Measures for Osnabrück

Creating Profiles of Suitable Mitigation Measures for the City of Osnabrück

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Evaluation of the Climate Action Plan of Hamburg - Preparing a Balance Sheet of CO2 Emission Reductions

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Assisting the Ecodesign Process

Implementation Support for EU Directives on Energy Efficiency and Labelling of Products

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Publications and Presentations

There are various publications and presentations concerning energy efficiency by the Wuppertal Institute's staff members. In particular, the following publications and presentations are to be mentioned:

  • Research reports that have been worked out in the context of the projects stated above.
  • Miscellaneous articles published in professional journals and those prepared for meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Contributions, such as papers, presentations and posters, to the conference of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) hold every two years.