[108] How well are you doing on energy efficiency?

One interesting initiative is the Industrial Efficiency Technology Database (IETD) which currently covers information on the cement, iron & steel, and pulp & paper sectors as well as on electric motor driven systems.

With the information provided in the IETD, decision-makers can accelerate the implementation of energy saving and efficient technologies and measures. The database also aims to provide support to practitioners and non-technical experts in energy efficiency policy making and implementation, finance, and research & education.

[102] The game of energy efficiency

Since this tweet, gamification – the use of game design elements in non-game contexts – is being increasingly seen as a way to enhance energy efficiency by driving customer engagement and energy-related behaviour change.

Benchmarking relies on metering, but equally important is the provision feedback to energy users in understandable terms. And it’s important to have a feedback screen that is highly visible compared to the meter in the cellar.

When applying gamification to residential consumers, such feedback could be combined with customised energy saving advice.

[43] Better measurement but most of all, we need good KPIs

Benchmarking energy performance continues to be a vital means to guide businesses on how to save energy. The European Commission recently (May 2018) proposed the creation of two new categories of benchmarks. One is a ‘low-carbon benchmark’, which is a decarbonised version of standard indices. The other is a ‘positive-carbon impact benchmark’, allowing investment portfolios to be better aligned with the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global warming to below 2°C.

Emphasis shifts from energy efficiency to carbon efficiency. In addition, considerations about resource efficiency [15] and energy flexibility [26] increasingly come into play.