Assess Energy Efficiency & CO<sub>2</sub> ReductionGER/AECO

Who should attend?

  • This courses provides an understanding of the methods used to measure energy efficiency, renewable penetration and CO2 reduction performances.
Audience :
  • Managers and staffs of governments or other relevant agencies at the national, regional and local levels that work on sustainable development, energy efficiency, climate change, and renewables. Managers of companies in the energy sector impacted by energy efficiency and CO2 reduction initiatives.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Introduction: increasing government interest regarding energy consumption and energy efficiency.
      • Energy consumption measurements: levels of measurement and trends.
      • Official national and international quantitative targets on energy consumption.
      • Case studies: monitoring official targets on consumption and renewables.
      • CO2 emissions related to fuel combustion: definition and calculation.
      • Case studies on CO2.

      • Primary and final energy intensities: definition, calculation, interpretation and examples of national targets.
      • Case studies.
      • Sectoral and CO2 intensities: intensity with industry and tertiary, electricity, CO2, elasticity to GDP.
      • International comparison of energy intensity levels: objectives, intensities at purchasing power parities.
      • Measuring the impact of structural changes on intensities: case of industry.
      • Case studies: interpretation of intensity variations and structural changes.
  • Energy efficiency & energy savings calculation

      • Energy savings and energy efficiency targets: explaining the objectives, ways to set up energy savings/efficiency targets (baseline, savings in primary or final energy, etc.), examples of international and national targets, mandatory energy savings for energy producers (white certificates) or consumers (buildings, industry).
      • Introduction: top-down versus bottom-up approach of evaluation.
      • Top-down evaluation of energy efficiency and energy savings: methods and case studies.
      • Industry: benchmarking, measurement of savings.
      • Buildings (households and services): climate corrections, interpretation of differences between countries.
      • Case studies: appliances, energy substitution, solar water heaters.
      • Transport: different types of savings (behavior, technological).
      • Case studies for cars and modal shift.
      • Power sector: case of thermal and wind power.
      • Bottom-up approach: methods of measurement of energy savings linked to a programme.
      • Case studies.
      • Summary: Bottom-up versus top-down methods for the measurement of energy savings.
      • Evaluation of CO2 savings.
      • Bottom-up method: case of a project on electricity production.
      • Top-down method: effects of substitution and energy savings.
      • Link to NAMAS.
  • Synthesis: the energy consumption drivers

      • Decomposition of electricity consumption variation (economic growth, energy savings, substitution, structural changes…).
      • Decomposition of the final energy consumption variation: role of various factors (economic growth, energy savings, structural changes…).
      • Decomposition of the primary energy consumption variation: role of various factors (electricity mix, penetration of electricity).
      • Drivers of CO2 emissions variations.
      • Case studies (EU, Tunisia, France).

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand national objectives on energy consumption, renewable energy efficiency and CO2 abatement,
  • explain basic methods used in measuring and benchmarking the progress achieved regarding energy saving and CO2 reduction,
  • apply those methods to evaluate the success of energy efficiency/CO2 abatement programs.

Ways & Means

  • Enerdata is an independent consulting company, specialized in the energy and environmental sector.
  • Case studies.