energy intensity

The Role of Energy Intensity in Global Decarbonization: How Fast Can We Cut Energy Use?

March 16, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Energy Efficiency and Cutting Carbon Emissions

Avoiding climate change will require the nearly complete decarbonization of the global energy system, with 50-90% reductions in global CO2 emissions by 2050. These cuts must be achieved against a backdrop of growing global population and projected increases in demand for energy and energy-related services.[read more]

Reviving Manufacturing, Saving Energy: Can We Do Both?

March 20, 2013 by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

global energy intensity

There’s no question that using energy more efficiently is crucial in both meeting the rising global demand and in minimizing climate change. The good news is the US has been on a long trend of becoming more efficient.[read more]

How Emissions Decline in the Real World

April 11, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

One of the first questions anyone seeking to understand global warming should ask is this: how do emissions decline in the real world?The short answer is that they mostly don't. As nations develop, emissions go up. The one major exception is during economic recessions and depressions, when energy use temporarily declines before...[read more]

Which Nations Have Reduced Carbon Intensity the Fastest?

April 4, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

IntroductionDriving down global emissions of climate destabilizing carbon dioxide by at least 50 percent by 2050 may be necessary to avoid the most dangerous impacts of global climate change (IEA 2010). To achieve these deep emissions declines while supporting continued economic growth and expanded energy access, particularly in the...[read more]