Global Energy Demand Means Efficiency Is More Important Than Ever

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A recent article on Control Engineering Asia looked at how countries and cities can help to meet rising energy demands across the globe; and it seems the key lies in countries collaborating on energy production, and businesses becoming more energy efficient.
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2013, global energy demand is expected to increase by a third between 2011 and 2035. The majority of this increased demand will come from Asia, with electricity consumption in Singapore alone expected to increase 15% by 2016.
Furthermore, the IEA predicts that 50% of the new power stations built globally by 2035 will adopt renewable energy sources. This will provide just under a third (31%) of global electricity requirements, an 11% rise from 2011.
But IEA's report states that the global distribution of energy has been severely impacted by the uncovering of new oil and natural gas deposits, as well as deep-sea drilling. This means that the prices of energy can vary drastically across regions - with Europe and Japan losing out the most.
One solution to this problem could be distributing energy capacities internationally, as well as within a country itself. With cities needing a constant supply of electricity to power essentials such as offices and factories, collaborating on energy production can help to meet this demand.
As well as this, improving energy efficiency standards is another solution to the problem of rising energy demands. The IEA estimates that current efficiency measures should save an additional 910 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) over the next 20 years.
In Europe, the EU's energy efficiency directive states that member states must reduce the amount of energy sold by 1.5% per year, between 2014 and 2020. The German Energy Agency predicts that countries could soon enforce these targets on energy supply companies themselves.
The cost of energy has been found to significantly affect a company's ability to win out over its competitors - particularly in sectors such as steel, chemical, aluminium and paper, which require high energy levels to operate.
So, as the IEA's chief economist Fatih Birol explains, "Energy efficiency is absolutely crucial if you want to remain competitive." By investing in more energy-efficient equipment, as well as energy management software, many businesses can recoup the costs in little time as a result of spending less money on energy.
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