Is Efficient Sufficient?
Mar 2010 – Product policy, Reports & books
Is efficient sufficient? The case for shifting our emphasis in energy specifications to progressive efficiency and sufficiency. This was the title of an eceee report from 2010 which was followed by an eceee seminar.
The key message in this report is very simple: energy efficiency standards need to be progressive in nature, i.e., with increasing size, speed or capacity, the requirements for efficiency needs to be tougher. For instance, a large TV should have tougher requirements for energy use per square inch than a smaller one. If we don’t apply this way of thinking, our products will indeed be more efficient, yet they will keep consuming more and more energy.
Below you will find the original report as well as the report from the seminar held in May 2010.
Files and links
The energy sufficiency library
eceee's energy sufficiency library contains all concept papers, workshop reports and presentations from the Energy Sufficiency project. It also highlights relevant reports from other sources to help you dig deeper and better understand what sufficiency might mean for you and our society.