Every March 5, since 1998, World Energy Efficiency Day is celebrated. This day aims to raise awareness about the great importance of making a rational and sustainable use of energy and reflect on the consequences that could bring a waste of it.


Energy Efficiency

If we simplify the definition of energy efficiency, we see that it consists of maximizing the use of energy using the least amount of it.

This term has increased in popularity in recent years for several reasons. As consumers we are interested in making the most of our investment in energy, using the least amount of resources possible and obtaining significant savings. It should be noted that energy efficiency does not imply giving up quality of life.

At a more general level, it is the most effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and trying to curb climate change. In addition, it represents one of the most fundamental factors for a country’s sectors to be competitive. Some of the benefits globally are greater energy security, less pressure on national and household budgets, greater reliability of electric power systems, greater competitiveness, and improved operations in key sectors, such as education and health.


Origin of World Energy Efficiency Day

The origin of this day dates back to 1998 in Austria, where an International Conference debated energy alternatives due to the possibility of the future depletion of fossil fuels. In that meeting, a day was agreed to give importance to caring for and making responsible use of energy.


How to achieve energy efficiency

The UN marks energy efficiency as one of the fundamental strategies for the achievement of 5 of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

World Energy Efficiency Day SDG num 7
7 Affordable and non-polluting energy
It is necessary to provide access to clean and safe cooking fuels, and technologies for 3 billion people, to expand the use of renewable energy beyond the electricity sector.
SDG Target no 9 World Energy Efficiency Day
9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Inclusive and sustainable industrialization, along with innovation and infrastructure facilitates international trade and enables the efficient use of resources.
SDG Target no 11
11 Sustainable cities and communities
Cities and metropolitan areas account for around 70% of global carbon emissions and more than 60% of resource use. The goal is to achieve safer and more sustainable cities.
SDG Target no. 12
12 Responsible production and consumption
Sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
SDG Target no. 13
13 Climate action
Urgent action is needed to address both the pandemic and the climate emergency in order to save lives and livelihoods.

On an individual level, what can we do to be more energy efficient?

One of the simplest initiatives, but with a great global impact, is to turn off all the lights that we do not need. Take advantage of natural light whenever possible, and failing that, opt for more sustainable lighting sources, such as LED lights, which when used reduce CO2 emissions by 80%. 15% of energy consumption worldwide is consumed in lighting.

We must also opt for process improvement, recycling, the use of less polluting products and use only that energy that we are actually going to use.

Efficiency within the framework of the European Union

The Energy Efficiency Directive (Directives 2012/27/EU and 2018/2002/EU) has constituted the framework for action, until 2020, for all member countries of the European Union. This directive established as its main objective a 20% energy saving, in order not to exceed 123.4 Mtoe (million tons of oil equivalent) in terms of primary energy consumption (discounting non-energy uses).

In the case of Spain, an energy efficiency target for 2021-2030 has been set, approved by the European Union. This energy plan will entail additional savings each year, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2030, of 669 ktoe/year (thousands of tonnes of oil equivalent/year).


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