System Efficiency Policy Paper at the 2022 ACEEE Summer study!
The paper presents the framework to expand current product oriented energy efficiency policy to a system oriented perspective. It also estimates the energy savings potential worldwide, enabled by a system efficiency policy approach to be 4,780 TWh/year, equivalent to 9 % of global energy use.
Secondly, the barriers in the regulatory process for introducing system efficiency policy are discussed, and the paper provides suggestions for overcoming these challenges. The difficulties in regulating systems and the solutions achieved to date are illustrated for the cases of walk-in cold coolers and freezers (in USA) and water pumps (in the EU). The paper concludes by mapping regulatory solutions for various types of systems. The paper is available here.