Ksenia Petrichenko from the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, a UNEP DTU programme, has won the ‘Best Young Energy Efficiency Researcher Award’ at the World Sustainable Energy Days held in Austria last week.
The World Sustainable Energy Days is one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in this field and brings together more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community.
Ksenia Petrichenko was rewarded for a paper titled “Role of Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Energy for All: Exploring the synergies with renewable energy and energy access”.
The research for the paper was conducted together with the DTU System Analysis and highlights potential synergies in the framework of the global Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Sustainable Energy for All aims to ensure the global transition towards more sustainable energy services through three objectives:
- Ensuring universal access to modern energy services
- Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
- Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Very often energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy are considered to be separate areas of policy and technological development with isolated policy frameworks, stakeholders involvement processes and implementation efforts.
This paper investigates potential synergies between these areas through the framework and global indicators of Sustainable Energy for All by means of the integrated assessment model ETSAP-TIAM and development of several scenarios for the period between 2010 and 2030.
The results demonstrate significant synergies between the outlined objectives and their importance for ensuring sustainable energy future at the global level, as well as mitigation of the climate change impacts and global temperature rise.
This calls for uniting efforts across these three areas of sustainable energy and elaboration of more holistic approaches to policy and technology development.