The McKinsey Global Institute has released a report on energy productivity and energy demand. The report concludes that by aggressively pursuing energy efficiency and efforts to curb the demand for energy, “the worldwide energy consumption rate could be cut by more than half over the next 15 years.”
To read the report, you have to be a registered user with McKinsey.com, but today’s New York Times has run an article that sums it up well.
A few highlights of the article are that:
- The findings are based on what is possible with technologies that already exist.
- Energy efficiency is a “start smart” approach to addressing climate change, as climatologist Stephen H. Schneider puts it.
And don’t forget about the Supreme Court case, Massachusetts v. EPA, whose opening statements are heard today. The coincidence of the court case and the report’s release underscores both the growing awareness of the urgent need to act on global warming and the fact that smart solutions exist today.