Striving for efficiency in energy production, distribution and consumption:
Shift to renewable energy sources
This theme is part of GDRC's
Current patterns of energy use (especially based on fossil-based fuels) raise serious concerns for three reasons - the finite natural reserves of such energy; its detrimental effects on the global environment and the threat to long term sustainability. There is a legal and moral obligation to create an energy use pattern that ensures energy efficiency, protects environmental integrity, and maintains and enhances the strength of our local economy. These pages focus on energy for cities, particularly alternative and sustainable sources of energy.
Sustainable energy policies need to incorporate
the entire continuum of issues:
of production, use and discharge of energy.
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2014-2024 is the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024) . The Decade underscores the importance of energy issues for sustainable development and for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda, including the SDGs.
GDRC endorses and works towards SDG #7:
January 26 is the International Day for Clean Energy. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming this day, which is also the day when the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was founded.
ISO 50001 on Energy Management Systems was released in June 2011. It provides for systematic procedures to reduce energy consumption and manage energy across organizations. More info ...
Every dollar invested in energy efficiency today could return two dollars in energy savings in the future. Are we willing to make the jump?
Energy efficiency (using less energy to provide the same level of service) needs to go with material efficiency - processes that consumes, incorporates or wastes less virgin material and more of recycled/reused material.
EVERY minute, the sun showers earth with more energy than the world's entire population consumes in a year. But how can we capture that?