Energy efficiency remains one of the most cost-effective ways to enhance security of energy supply, to boost competitiveness and welfare, and to reduce the environmental footprint of the energy system. Not only can the growth of carbon emissions be tempered by the more efficient use of energy can also improve local pollution and contribute to reducing the millions of air-pollution related premature deaths each year, and keep consumers energy bills in check. But the global rate of progress is slowing – a trend that has major implications for consumers, businesses and the environment.
Resource efficiency means using the Earth’s limited resources in a sustainable manner while minimising impacts on the environment. It allows us to create more with less and to deliver greater value with less input. Resource efficiency includes the principles of ‘reduce,’ ‘reuse,’ and ‘recycle. Producers will need to change how they design, source, manufacture and market their products. Consumers will need to incorporate environmental and social concerns into their consumption decisions and adopt sustainable lifestyles.
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