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The Multiple Benefits of the 2030 EU Energy Efficiency Potential

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Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Döppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany
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Department of Engineering Management, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
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School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Central European University, Nádor u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
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Copenhagen Economics, Langebrogade 1B, 1411 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Energies 2019, 12(14), 2798; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12142798
Received: 11 June 2019 / Revised: 12 July 2019 / Accepted: 17 July 2019 / Published: 20 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electricity Demand Side Management)
The implementation of energy efficiency improvement actions not only yields energy and greenhouse gas emission savings, but also leads to other multiple impacts such as air pollution reductions and subsequent health and eco-system effects, resource impacts, economic effects on labour markets, aggregate demand and energy prices or on energy security. While many of these impacts have been studied in previous research, this work quantifies them in one consistent framework based on a common underlying bottom-up funded energy efficiency scenario across the EU. These scenario data are used to quantify multiple impacts by energy efficiency improvement action and for all EU28 member states using existing approaches and partially further developing methodologies. Where possible, impacts are integrated into cost-benefit analyses. We find that with a conservative estimate, multiple impacts sum up to a size of at least 50% of energy cost savings, with substantial impacts coming from e.g., air pollution, energy poverty reduction and economic impacts. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy efficiency; cost-benefit analysis; impact assessment; multiple benefits; air pollutants; energy security; macro-economy; resources; fuel poverty energy efficiency; cost-benefit analysis; impact assessment; multiple benefits; air pollutants; energy security; macro-economy; resources; fuel poverty
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Thema, J.; Suerkemper, F.; Couder, J.; Mzavanadze, N.; Chatterjee, S.; Teubler, J.; Thomas, S.; Ürge-Vorsatz, D.; Hansen, M.B.; Bouzarovski, S.; Rasch, J.; Wilke, S. The Multiple Benefits of the 2030 EU Energy Efficiency Potential. Energies 2019, 12, 2798.

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