Slow progress on energy efficiency is a problem for the climate

The IEA reports that energy optimization efforts, a relatively cheap yet highly efficient way to cut emissions, are progressing too slowly, endangering the world's efforts to limit climate change and avoid an catastrophic rise in the average global temperature.

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Global efforts to reduce wasted energy have faced a major setback in 2020, sidelining a relatively simple way of slashing emissions and hitting climate goals.

That’s the conclusion from an International Energy Agency report, which recorded the weakest improvement in efficiency since 2010, as investments into technologies that can cut emissions have slowed.

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