Energy efficiency is the single most effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions, the Alliance to Save Energy has said in a written statement submitted on Wednesday for a congressional hearing on climate change.
The statement, urging Congress to prioritise efficiency as a solution, was provided to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, which held the committee’s first hearing of the new Congress on the topic on Wednesday.
“Increased efficiency is an enormous economic opportunity, with tremendous untapped potential to create jobs and economic activity – particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors – while strengthening US productivity and competitiveness and saving Americans billions of dollars in energy costs” Alliance to Save Energy President Jason Hartke said in the statement.
The statement cites the International Energy Agency’s findings that energy efficiency alone can account for more than 40 percent of the emissions reductions needed to meet global targets. It provides specific recommendations for advancing energy efficiency through infrastructure, transportation policy, buildings, tax policy, and funding of federal programmes.