Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Encyclopedia of Climate Law (Daniel A. Farber & Marjan Peeters eds., Edward Elgar, 2016), Forthcoming

Widener Law Commonwealth Research Paper No. 15-16

23 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2015

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John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Date Written: August 25, 2015

Abstract

Energy efficiency and conservation are the most practical and cost effective approaches to providing energy services and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver a wide range of social, economic, security, and environmental benefits. Although they represent the most sustainable approach to climate change, their potential is largely unrealized. This chapter provides an overview of global energy consumption, and explains the role that energy efficiency and conservation can provide in addressing climate change. It then describes some of the most basic legal and policy approaches to energy efficiency that the United States and the European Union are employing.

Keywords: energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, energy intensity, greenhouse gas emissions

JEL Classification: K00, K19, K32, Q2, Q3,Q4

Suggested Citation

Dernbach, John C., Energy Efficiency and Conservation (August 25, 2015). Encyclopedia of Climate Law (Daniel A. Farber & Marjan Peeters eds., Edward Elgar, 2016), Forthcoming; Widener Law Commonwealth Research Paper No. 15-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2650478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2650478

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

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