Energy Efficiency: the Fifth Fuel

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“Less is more” is not only true for the arts and fashion industry but also for the energy industry. In a world of growing energy demands, it has become vital that we restrain the growth in energy consumption if we wish to achieve a low carbon future. Energy efficiency has been labelled the ‘fifth fuel’ alongside coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables.

So what exactly is energy efficiency? In short, it is using the least possible amount of energy when providing a service. Here at EGGlighting, we like to use lighting examples: switching a light off is not energy efficiency, that’s energy conservation; however, replacing a fluorescent panel light with an LED panel – voila! You now have a light that is about 70% more effective in turning energy into lumens! (See our tips to understand efficiency better).

It is important to understand the huge potential energy efficiency possesses in achieving CO2 emission reduction goals. The “2020 climate and energy package”, adopted in 2009 in the EU, focuses on emissions cuts, renewables and energy efficiency. It sets three key objectives for the year 2020 called the ‘20-20-20 targets’:

A 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels;
Raising the share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources to 20%;
A 20% improvement in the EU’s energy efficiency.

According to The Climate Group lighting accounts for nearly 6% of global CO2 emissions. By upgrading inefficient lighting systems to LED lighting, this figure can be significantly reduced. With less energy being used in lighting systems we are helping towards the 20-20-20 targets. It is an easy formula:

Higher energy efficiency = Reduced energy consumption = Reduced carbon emissions.

Indeed, less is more; energy efficiency embraces multiple factors that contribute towards reducing our impact on climate (see other benefits of LED lighting). Make sure you play your part in achieving a sustainable future and turning the fifth fuel into the first fuel!