[48] Efficiency goes agile

This story highlighted how energy efficiency can or should be used as a planning tool in the licensing of new power stations. The more that cost-effective energy-saving measures can be realized, the less need there is for additional electricity production.

But average energy demand is only one consideration; required power capacity is another. Therefore, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently advocated for an accurate prediction of the Demand Response (DR) potential that can shift energy use to moments of surplus. Just like with energy efficiency, DR is increasingly being taken into account in grid and power plant capacity planning.

[7] The sustainability of urban versus rural communities

Well over two thirds of citizens in Western Europe live in cities. In some countries, itโ€™s even over 90%. Considering the compactness of dwellings, the availability of public transport, shorter travelling distances and the efficient use of land, there is a lot to say for urban sustainability.

Both urban and rural communities have their own, very different sustainability challenges.

[5] Concerned about land use? Energy efficiency is the solution

Land use from different energy sources varies two orders of magnitude. Over the past decades, the impact of the energy transition on natural landscapes has become increasingly apparent. The mitigating effect of energy efficiency on land use is however rarely mentioned in policy discussions, probably because of its distributed nature, both in space and time.

It is however a fertile ground for academic studies ๐Ÿ˜Ž.