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close this bookEnergy after Rio - Prospects and Challenges - Executive Summary (UNDP, 1997, 38 p.)
close this folder3. New Opportunities in Energy Demand, Supply and Systems
View the document3.1 Introduction
View the document3.2 Demand Side: Energy and Energy-Intensive Materials Efficiency
View the document3.3 Supply Side: Renewables and Clean Fossil Fuel Technologies
View the document3.4 Fuels and Stoves for Cooking

3.1 Introduction

only attention to demand side energy issues and the level of energy services delivered will lead to a sustainable approach to energy

The adverse impacts of energy consumption and production can be mitigated either by reducing consumption or shifting energy supplies to options better able to support sustainable development objectives. Of the various entry points for efforts to reduce energy demand, it is technological performance that yields the largest and most accessible opportunities. Technological change has, by far, greater potential than changes in the patterns of consumption of goods and services, but this assessment must not preclude attempts to shift away from irrational and wasteful patterns of consumption.