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Energy Efficiency

Different types of low-energy light bulbs help improve energy efficiency. © THINKSTOCK

Energy efficiency has become a worldwide concern, given the urgent need to address rising demand for energy while fighting against climate change. New technologies, government regulations and consumer behavior are all part of the equation in optimizing energy use in housing, transportation and industry.

Efficacité énergétique et intensité énergétique versus sobriété énergétique

The goal of energy efficiencyIn economic terms, energy efficiency refers to the efforts made to reduce the energy consumption of a system... is to be less wasteful in using the energy required by human activities. This push for improved performance has gone global in the last few decades, as it provides a way to reduce energy bills and continue meeting the needs of the world's population. However, progress has been held back by issues of competitiveness, cost and capital expenditure, as well as by the recession.  

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Efficacité énergétique : les progrès du secteur industriel

Industry has contributed greatly to improvements in energy efficiencyIn economic terms, energy efficiency refers to the efforts made to reduce the energy consumption of a system... in the last 40-plus years, benefitting on its end from a reduction in energy spending per unit of production. Technological innovations and new approaches such as industrial ecologyThe science that deals with the relationships of groups of living things and their environment. and eco-design have driven this trend.

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