EDF Statement on Experts’ Plan to Double U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030

Achieving Goal Could Cut Carbon Pollution by One-Third and Save $327 Billion Annually

February 7, 2013
Contact: 
Erin Geoffroy, 512-691-3407, egeoffroy@edf.org
Elgie Holstein, 202-572-3606, eholstein@edf.org

(Washington D.C. – Feb 7, 2013) Today, the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released a report with recommendations that would put the U.S. on a path towards doubling its energy productivity by 2030. The Commission, convened by the Alliance to Save Energy, is a diverse coalition of energy leaders that includes representatives from energy utilities, academia, industry and environmental groups.  Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), serves on the Commission.  The Commission found that a doubling of energy productivity (or obtaining twice as much output from the energy we use) would reduce U.S. carbon dioxide pollution to four billion tons per year by 2030, which is 33 percent below 2005 levels. The report is available at energy2030.org.

“The Alliance Commission’s recommendations are an innovative approach to greatly increasing our nation’s use of energy efficiency, which represents a huge – and largely untapped – opportunity,” said Fred Krupp, President of EDF.  “Reducing wasted energy through efficiency is a true win-win solution that cuts harmful pollution and saves people money on their energy bills.” 

 

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