The Multiple Benefits of the 2030 EU Energy Efficiency Potential

October 16, 2019

Souran Chatterje, alumni PhD student and Diana Ürge-Vorsatz professor of our department co-authored an article together with other colleagues from different institutions on their research on co-benefits of energy efficiency. The open-access article was published in Energies as part of the Special Issue Electricity Demand Side Management and is available online

The implementation of energy efficiency improvement actions not only yields energy and greenhouse gas emission savings, but also leads to other multiple impacts such as air pollution reductions and subsequent health and eco-system effects, resource impacts, economic effects on labour markets, aggregate demand and energy prices or on energy security. While many of these impacts have been studied in previous research, this work quantifies them in one consistent framework based on a common underlying bottom-up funded energy efficiency scenario across the EU. These scenario data are used to quantify multiple impacts by energy efficiency improvement action and for all EU28 member states using existing approaches and partially further developing methodologies. Where possible, impacts are integrated into cost-benefit analyses. We find that with a conservative estimate, multiple impacts sum up to a size of at least 50% of energy cost savings, with substantial impacts coming from e.g., air pollution, energy poverty reduction and economic impacts.