Determining the cost of energy saving measures and the magnitude of their potential application is the first and essential step to correctly design energy efficiency policies, which are in turn a keystone for energy transitions. This is particularly relevant for MENA countries, which feature energy intensities among the highest in the world. This paper presents a methodology for assessing reductions in energy demand based on expert evaluations; the methodology incorporates several improvements over previous similar studies. Our results suggest a significant potential for energy savings, and recommend different policy designs based on the different costs and potentials of different energy saving measures.
Keywords: Energy demand; Energy efficiency; Marginal abatement curves
Energy Transitions. Volume: 1 Issue: 1 Pages: 4-1-4-15
DOI reference: 10.1007/s41825-017-0004-5
Published on paper: June 2017. Published on-line: July 2017.
P. Linares, P. Pintos, K. Würzburg. Assessing the potential and costs of reducing energy demand. Energy Transitions. vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 4-1-4-15, June 2017. [Online: July 2017]