A recent white paper indicates that the industrial gases sector will need to collaborate in order to achieve energy efficiency. Similarly, electric power is expected to come to the fore over the next 20 years.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has called for a global taskforce to co-ordinate technology-based energy efficiency initiatives as it released its white paper, “Coping with Energy Challenge”. The proposal was launched at the World Energy Congress in Montreal.
The report outlined the need for energy chain demands to be altered to achieve carbon emission reduction targets of 20% by 2020. As a consequence of its findings, and the fact that electricity demand is expected to triple by 2050, the paper identifies areas offering the highest potential for short and medium term energy efficiency results and their underlying standardisation. President of the IEC, Jacques Regis, warned, “Business as usual is no longer an option, we need to fundamentally change how we generate and consume energy.”
He continued, “The International Electrotechnical Commission calls for a coordinated effort to reach emission targets. All stakeholders need to work together on a planetary scale to reduce currently occurring duplications and ensure better outcomes for technology-based climate change initiatives.”
The IEC recommended that sectors achieve these goals by ‘smart electrification’; the group believes that by reducing reliance on natural energy resources and turning towards electric energy - energy efficiency will significantly improve. Regis elaborated, “A key element to achieving those emission targets will be the broad adoption of the concept of smart electrification. While as an organisation we have always delivered the underlying frameworks needed to enable the roll-out of energy-efficient technologies, we must now broaden our scope to include a systems approach on a global scale and achieve a closer co-operation with governments and regulatory bodies.
A co-ordinated, global taskforce for the entire energy chain is urgently needed, and in it, the IEC can leverage its access to close to 10,000 experts and 162 participating countries. Together with our partners we can ensure that every technology-based energy efficiency initiative has a solid technical foundation and demonstrates a smarter use of energy.”
By assessing the entire energy chain, from its generation roots to its distribution conclusion, the IEC has drawn-up a projection model to identify future standardisation needs over the next 20 years. Industry and individuals can find out more about the white paper by contact the Commission. Furthermore, the IEC promises to help standardisation with reference and systems manuals to achieve a smart electrification future.
Smart Electrification
The IEC advocates smarter use of electric energy to reduce emissions by using energy more efficiently through a system-wide approach. The commission advises that energy which is saved can help drive economies everywhere and provide more power to developing energy regions.