(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 7. Together, EU
countries achieved a reduction of 19 percent of gas consumption
between August 2022 and March 2023, France's Minister of Energy
Transition Agnes Pannier-Runacher said at the 8th Annual Global
Conference on Energy Efficiency, trend reports.
“We need to continue these efforts in the long run,” she
Agnes Pannier-Runacher pointed out that the world is facing a
doubling crisis: a climate crisis and energy crisis.
“With the war in Ukraine, the energy prices surged threatening
our people and our companies. The first and easiest way to address
this double crisis is to reduce energy demand. To accelerate on
reduction of energy demand we have to measures: energy savings and
energy efficiency,” she said.
The French minister noted that energy saving is one of the
“Turning down the heater, switching the light off doesn't cost
anything except changing one's habits. But it implies behavioral
change. In France we have a sufficiency plan that encourages all
sectors to reduce energy demand. During last winter, this
initiative helped us in France to reduce our electricity and gas
consumption altogether by 12 percent. It was not only a question of
hot weather, it was the outcome of election plan that was broadly
implemented. Bringing energy efficiency improvements to 4 percent
per year would reduce up to 1/3 the current global energy
consumption and emissions. This is massive, and is a clear call for
action,' she added.
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