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Efforts to mitigate climate change must target energy efficiency

Nature Climate Change; Above: Dr Charlie Wilson explains the research; Nature Climate Change

Fri, 26 Oct 2012

Much more must be done to develop energy efficient cars buildings and domestic appliances to address climate change – according to new research from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.

A report published today in Nature Climate Change shows that twice as much effort is being spent on developing energy supply technologies - such as new power stations - than is spent on improving the efficiency with which energy is used.

The research shows that efficient end-use technologies have the potential to contribute large emission reductions and provide higher social returns on investment - so the imbalance in current innovation efforts must be redressed to mitigate climate change.

Dr Charlie Wilson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA and an affiliated researcher with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) led the study with an international team of scientists from Austria and the USA.