COP28 stood out as a pivotal moment in a year marked by a rising momentum on energy efficiency. Over 130 countries signed the Global Renewable and Energy Efficiency Pledge, and the global stocktake is now calling on Parties to contribute to doubling the global average rate of energy efficiency improvements by 2030. In pursuit of this target, Mission Efficiency is calling on world leaders to further commit and define to actions to create an energy efficient world.
At COP28, we, as Mission Efficiency partners from government, finance, business, and civil society, call for Parties to the Paris Agreement to commit to more than doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements annually by 2030. Globally, this will save the equivalent of all worldwide oil use in road transport today (more than 40 million barrels of oil per day) and significantly reduce the exposure of all consumers to energy price volatility.
This doubling energy efficiency target is ambitious and achievable. Putting the world on track to net zero requires more than doubling the rate of energy efficiency globally to at least a 4% energy intensity improvement each year up to 2030. The IEA notes this is necessary and achievable, with more than 90% of countries improving energy intensity by 4% or more at least once in the past ten years.
There is no time, or energy, to waste. Since 2021, countries representing 70% of global energy consumption have adopted new or improved energy efficiency policies in response to the energy crisis. Doubling the rate of energy efficiency gains, tripling renewables capacity, phasing down fossil fuels, and ramping up electrification pave the way to an affordable, resilient, net-zero energy system. Delivering these goals by 2030 strengthens the backbone of a just and equitable energy transition and bolsters the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We, as Mission Efficiency partners:
2023 has been a landmark year for international attention and diplomacy on energy efficiency.
We welcome the leadership of the UAE COP28 Presidency in providing a platform for the Global Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Pledge, which calls for a tripling of renewables capacity to at least 11,000 GW and doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement annually by 2030. We welcome the leadership of countries supporting the Pledge (more than 60 as reported by media) and call on Parties to the Paris Agreement to include doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements annually by 2030, as part of an energy package, as a political outcome of the COP28 negotiations in a CMA decision on the Global Stocktake.
We welcome the leadership of the India G20 Presidency in providing a Voluntary Roadmap for Doubling Energy Efficiency by 2030 and a Strategic Plan for Doubling Energy Efficiency Improvements, which outlines key sectors and actions to achieve this goal. We encourage the India G20 Presidency to continue to champion delivery of these plans in 2024, in collaboration with the Brazil G20 Presidency. We encourage the Brazil G20 Presidency to convene Ministers and delivery organizations to address key bottlenecks for delivery, including finance, supply chains, and international standards.
We welcome the Nairobi Declaration, which calls for the international community to contribute to accelerating efforts to decarbonize the transport, industrial and electricity sectors through the use of smart, digital and highly efficient technologies and systems. We encourage Kenya, as host of the 2024 IEA Energy Efficiency Summit, to champion the role of energy efficiency in delivering SDG7 and improving quality access to energy in emerging and developing economies.
We welcome the Versailles Statement, signed by 46 governments at the IEA’s Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Paris, and affirm these champions’ call for stronger policy action in support of doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements. We recall the Sønderborg Action Plan, launched in 2022, a set of strategic principles and policy toolkits developed that support governments seeking to implement efficiency policies rapidly.
We highlight a few of the numerous opportunities to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements including in the:
Successfully doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030 will provide significant benefits to people, including:
In addition, tripling investment in energy efficiency through 2030 will bring a range of economic, energy system and climate benefits, including to:
A COP28 commitment to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements by 2030, as part of a wider energy package, will set us on the path to a just and equitable energy transition that lowers bills, provides cleaner and more secure energy, and creates good, local jobs.
We, as Mission Efficiency partners, stand ready to drive delivery of this ambitious and achievable target.
The Mission Efficiency Call to Action urges leaders at COP28 to commit to a global target of at least doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement.
But realizing this target depends on bold actions from industry, financial institutions, governments, and many other groups.
Here’s how to take action to support global progress on energy efficiency.
Mission Efficiency Pledge
We call governments, organizations and individuals to submit their pledge to contribute to the global target of doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements annually by 2030.
Create your own Mission Efficiency Pledge by selecting energy efficiency actions from a menu of options. Progress reporting is conducted on an annual basis.
UN Energy Compact
Join a partner-led Energy Compact or submit your own custom UN Energy Compact using the Mission Efficiency Energy Compact Guide.
The Energy Compacts are voluntary, trackable commitments launched at the High-Level Dialogue on Energy convened by the UN Secretary-General in September 2021. The Energy Compacts are designed to spur action towards SDG7 in line with net-zero goals.
Download the Mission Efficiency Energy Compact Guide to develop a new Energy Compact or increase energy efficiency ambition in an existing compact. For any queries, please contact us at email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
NDCs contain information on targets, and policies and measures for reducing national emissions and on adapting to climate change impacts. The Paris Agreement (Article 4, paragraph 2) requires each Party to prepare, communicate and maintain successive NDCs that it intends to achieve. Countries communicate new or updated NDCs every five years starting in 2020. Parties may at any time adjust their existing nationally determined contribution with a view to enhancing its level of ambition (Article 4, paragraph 11).
COP28 and the global stocktake, are crucial to motivate nations for more ambitious energy efficiency targets. Mission Efficiency collaborates with the NDC Partnership to enhance and update NDCs and include energy efficiency targets. Please contact email@example.com for any queries.
The Global Ambition Taskforce is a collaboration to secure energy efficiency on the international agenda and drive delivery of efficiency goals and benefits this decade. The Taskforce takes a targeted approach to supporting the efficiency ecosystem and increasing awareness of plans to champion, support and implement global energy efficiency targets.
What: Provide support to country delegations to include dialogue on energy efficiency in global and regional negotiation processes and energy efficiency commitments in negotiated agreements and individual country pledges.
Why: To increase the strength of commitments that achieve progress on energy efficiency that support sustainable development and unlock support for implementing these commitments.
How: Create a network of partners that bring legal, political, data and analytical skills to support a range of opportunities to include energy efficiency in global and regional agreements.
Taskforce Functions: As an ecosystem, each partner brings a different skill to this effort. The following highlights some key roles.
Activities: A flow of major activities to support continuous and dependable advice for country delegations that need support.
1. Preparation for COP28 and reflecting on India G20 outcomes and UAE energy pledge (on tripling RE and doubling EE).
E3G leads development of resources on energy efficiency and the doubling goal in collaboration with Mission Efficiency. Target audience: negotiators, journalists, policymakers, and civil society organisations supporting negotiations.
2. COP28 virtual and in-person basecamp
SEforALL leads coordination with support from CSO base camp/hive mind; remote support from E3G, coordination with E3G’s wider diplomacy engagements at COP28.
3. G20 virtual and in-person basecamp
If EE commitments secured at COP28, produce and disseminate targeted briefings on delivery of EE targets for select (high priority, opportunity) members of G20, EU, and AU in 2024.
When: The following timeline includes a range of potential meetings and events in 2023, 2024 and beyond where the taskforce can either be supportive or can increase awareness of the plans to champion, support and implement global energy efficiency targets.
Join the Global Ambition Taskforce and the COP28 Basecamp
The information provided below is intended to inform and support journalists, negotiators, policymakers, industry, financial actors, and civil society partners.
Energy efficiency is the amount of energy produced in proportion to the amount of energy used to produce it. Energy efficiency is calculated by dividing the energy obtained (useful energy or energy output) by the initial energy (energy input).
Energy efficiency can be measured in many ways. The metric used for tracking economy-wide energy efficiency and the global energy efficiency goal is energy intensity.
Energy intensity is the amount of energy required to produce a unit of GDP. This is a key measure of energy efficiency of the economy. For example, in 2022, global energy intensity improved by just over 2% in 2022. This means that a unit of energy consumed in 2022 generated 2% more economic output than it did in 2021. - Primary energy intensity improvement is the percentage decrease in the ratio of global total energy supply per unit of GDP. - Rate of global primary energy intensity improvement is the indicator used to track progress on global energy efficiency. The rate is defined as the percentage decrease in the ratio of global total energy supply (MJ) per unit of gross domestic product ((year) YYYY Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Purchasing power parity (PPP)).
Doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030 is a global target using energy intensity as a metric. This goal can be interpreted in two ways: - Doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement using a 2010 baseline as per SDG7.3: This goal, as first stated in the SDGs calls for a doubling of the rate of energy efficiency using a benchmark of 2010 global energy intensity improvements which sat at 1.7%. Doubling this rate this decade would mean a rate of improvement of 3.4%, on average, annually up to 2030. - Doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement in alignment with the IEA’s NZE Scenario: In the NZE Scenario global energy intensity falls (improves) by around 4% per year on average this decade (2020 - 2030). As 2022 saw a global energy intensity improvement, on average, of just over 2%, this interpretation is sometimes described as using 2022 as a baseline for the energy efficiency doubling goal.
The global goal to double improvement in energy efficiency annually aligns with the IEA’s call for a global average 4% improvement rate annually in energy intensity by 2030. The achievement of this goal will look different across different national contexts as the baseline for intensity improvement rates will differ between countries.
EA’s 2022 Energy Efficiency report highlighted that energy efficiency-related investment increases reached record levels in 2022 in response to the energy crisis. Energy efficiency investment increased by 16% to USD 600 billion in 2022 due to government stimulus programmes (e.g. US IRA, REPowerEU, Japan GX) driving spending on efficient buildings and with growing popularity of electric vehicles and heat pumps. However, energy efficiency investments faced significant headwinds in 2023 with rising interest rates and inflation. The IEA modelling estimates that investment in energy efficiency will need to triple by 2030 to nearly $2 trillion USD to reach a target of more than 4% energy intensity improvements. For the full more, see: https://www.iea.org/data-and-statistics/charts/global-energy-efficiency-related-end-use-investment-in-the-net-zero-scenario-2019-2030.
Mission Efficiency was born as the Three Percent Club at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York City as a coalition of governments, organizations, and initiatives coming together to accelerate the transition towards energy-efficient economies worldwide at a three percent per year rate of improvement in energy efficiency. The club was rebranded as Mission Efficiency in 2022 at the SEforALL Forum in Kigali Rwanda to be a more inclusive and intuitive initiative that will improve global understanding of energy efficiency and share expertise and resources needed to deliver progress and solutions on energy efficiency and climate action.
A joint declaration from G20 leaders identifying priority goals and areas for collaboration among the G20 bloc. The Leaders’ Declaration noted the Voluntary Action Plan on Doubling the Rate of Energy Efficiency Improvement by 2030 and included language on the importance to accelerate the development, deployment and dissemination of technologies, and the adoption of policies, to transition towards low-emission energy systems, including by rapidly scaling up the deployment of clean power generation, including renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency measures, including accelerating efforts towards phasedown of unabated coal power, in line with national circumstances and recognizing the need for support towards just transitions. For more, see: https://www.g20.org/content/dam/gtwenty/gtwenty_new/document/G20-New-Delhi-Leaders-Declaration.pdf
An output of the G20 Energy Transitions Ministers’ Meeting Outcome Document and Chair’s Summary (22 July 2023) which outlines key sectors for delivery of the doubling goal including buildings, industry, transport, finance, and sustainable consumption patterns. For more, see: https://www.g20.org/content/dam/gtwenty/gtwenty_new/document/G20_ETWG_Annex_B.pdf
Civil society, the High Ambition Coalition and other progressive voices are calling for a COP28 agreement on goals to triple global renewable capacity and double the rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030, alongside accelerating fossil fuel phase-out is critical. This will stimulate clean energy investment and help countries to develop ambitious and effective policies and pathways for their just energy transition. An ambitious COP outcome based on consensus will be crucial in tilting the policy and investment landscape to renewables and energy efficiency.
A joint statement from the African Heads of State and Government who gathered for the inaugural Africa Climate Summit (ACS) in Nairobi Kenya from September 4-6, 2023. The Declaration called upon world leaders to to appreciate that decarbonizing the global economy is also an opportunity to contribute to equality and shared prosperity and invited development partners from the global south and north to align and coordinate their technical and financial resources to promote sustainable development of Africa’s natural assets for the continent’s progression towards low-carbon development and contributing to global decarbonization. Within this declaration, the African Leaders called upon the international community to contribute to multiple action areas including accelerating efforts to decarbonize the transport, industrial and electricity sectors through the use of smart, digital and highly efficient technologies and systems. For more, see: https://media.africaclimatesummit.org/NAIROBI+Declaration+FURTHER+edited+060923+EN+920AM.pdf?request-content-type=%22application/force-download%22
A recognition from participants (African Union, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mauritania, Mongolia, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Togo, Türkiye, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay) that there is potential for the annual energy intensity improvement rate to double from its current level, so as to ensure prosperity and sustainable economic growth and in order to be in line with global climate goals. The statement noted that ambitious actions should be taken by every country across all sectors, taking into consideration different starting points and national circumstances, to lead to an acceleration in overall global energy efficiency progress and to reduce energy demand, where possible. The statement also urged the Parties and all stakeholders at COP28 to raise their ambition and strengthen energy efficiency policy implementation in line with the Paris Agreement, and work towards an energy efficiency pledge at COP28. For the full statement, see: https://www.iea.org/news/versailles-statement-the-crucial-decade-for-energy-efficiency
The Versailles Statement, signed by more than 45 government ministers in June 2023, supported ‘stronger policies and actions towards the goal of putting the world on track to achieving a doubling of the global average annual rate of energy efficiency improvements this decade, in line with the IEA Net Zero by 2050 Scenario’. The Mission Efficiency Call to Action specifically calls for all Parties to the Paris Agreement to support a global goal to double energy efficiency improvements annually through 2030, aligned with the IEA’s Net Zero Scenario. The Mission Efficiency Pledge provides members and partners to pledge a concrete commitment to support and drive delivery on this goal going forwards.
Kenya is committed to being a driving force for energy efficiency progress, both regionally and globally. We support the Mission Efficiency Call to Action and endorse the ambitious yet achievable target of doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement every year until 2030. We look forward to leveraging our role as hosts of the IEA Global Energy Efficiency Conference in May next year (2024) to foster collaboration in achieving this target. This objective seamlessly aligns with our collective aspiration to attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and foster a just and equitable energy transition.
Eng. Isaac Kiva, Secretary Renewable Energy, Kenya Ministry of Energy
Energy efficiency lies at the heart of Ghana’s energy policy, recognizing its potential to close electricity access gaps and boost economic growth. Our country has taken noteworthy steps towards enhancing energy efficiency by elevating the ambition of the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and limiting the import of inefficient appliances. In line with this commitment, we support the Mission Efficiency Call and urge countries and organizations to follow and support the COP28 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Pledge.
Mr Kofi Agyarko. Director, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change at the Ghana Energy Commission
Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Business Council for Sustainable Energy is committed to advocating for policies at the national level in the United States to achieve the investment and deployment goals, consistent with global Call to Action.
Climate Group's mission is to drive climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all.EP100 is a global corporate energy efficiency initiative by Climate Group, bringing together over 125 ambitious businesses committed to improving their energy efficiency.
As Signify we are committed to double the annual rate of energy efficiency improvement by our own lighting sector transition program "Green Switch" and by working with policy makers on enabling policies, like "Circular Procurement" and building renovation programs.
International Copper Association
The International Copper Association is encouraging adoption of and investment in the highest efficiency products and solutions. We will continue to build partnerships to make this a reality.
Climargy is committed to triple investment in energy efficiency by 2030 through its trailblazing role as a global pioneer private super-ESCO aggregator of ESCO project assets.
Asia Clean Energy Partners
Asia Clean Energy Partners is encouraging adoption of and investment in the highest efficiency products and solutions across Asia, through policy advice, program design and project development support.
International Electrotechnical Commission
The IEC Global Impact Fund is committed to energy efficiency as embodied through the IEC’s vision of “a safer and more efficient world.
Association of Energy Engineers
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is committed to increasing the number of trained and certified energy efficiency professionals with the required core competencies needed to implement the clean energy transition.
Saint-Gobain is encouraging adoption of and investment in the highest efficiency solutions for buildings.
U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC advocates for and advises on local, state and federal policies to drive high efficiency building solutions, including public funding, stronger codes, and green building tax incentives.
ASHRAE intends to support the Mission Efficiency Call to Action by sharing global best practices and knowledge resources on building decarbonization policies and solutions, including consensus-based building codes and standards.
Energy Efficiency Movement
The Energy Efficiency Movement, a forum of likeminded stakeholders innovates and acts for a more energy-efficient world and supports the doubling the rate of energy efficiency by amplifying the message across our Movers.
Global Environment Facility
From greener buildings to smarter products, Autodesk is a global software leader empowering our customers to design and create a better and more efficient world. We are committed to developing and supporting solutions enabling designers to make more efficient and sustainable choices in managing operational and embodied carbon.
Danfoss will work to spread awareness of the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, accelerate implementation of energy efficiency solutions, and continue to decarbonize our own operations with an 'energy efficiency first' approach.
World Green Building Council
WorldGBC and our network of 75+ Green Building Councils are committed to delivering on the energy efficiency pledge and will work with governments and industry locally to leverage the huge efficiency potential in the built environment sector.
WWF will work with Mission Efficiency partners to advocate for more ambitious energy efficiency policies, mobilize private sector action, whilst also minimizing WWF's own internal energy use.
E3G will work in coalition with Mission Efficiency and the wider energy efficiency ecosystem to foster political support for demand side interventions and benefits as a priority within international climate and energy efforts.
BASE commits to mobilise a minimum of USD 2 billion for energy efficiency by 2030, focusing on developing smart business models and financing strategies, and in collaboration with key stakeholders.
CLASP supports policymakers in top emitting countries to develop world leading appliance efficiency policies and implements programs that deliver affordable, efficient appliances to the underserved.
The Carbon Trust is driven by our mission to accelerate the move to a decarbonised future highlights and encourages, when working with our clients and partners, ambitious energy efficiency policies and targets to achieve Net Zero.
Together with our Mission Efficiency partners, SEforALL is supporting global progress on energy efficiency by pushing for greater commitments and strengthening the enabling environment for investment in energy efficiency infrastructure and projects.
We commit to further progress on energy efficiency by increasing direct investment in energy efficiency by doubling our investment commitment to “America is All In” from $200 million to $400 million.
SYNERGI is encouraging global leaders to agree on a global target of more than double the rate of energy efficiency improvement annually. This is in line with the IEA's call to achieve an annual improvement of 4%. Energy efficiency plays a crucial and huge part of the equation to reach the Paris Agreement.
Trane Technologies is encouraging adoption of and investment in the highest efficiency products.
Sustainable Development Capital LLP
Sustainable Development Capital LLP pledges to champion global energy efficiency through strategic investments in clean, decentralised energy efficiency projects, embodying our commitment to a sustainable future.
Alliance to Save Energy
Energy efficiency delivers energy security, improved comfort, and a clean environment. Action on energy efficiency delivers real, immediate benefits to people and the environment but it requires policy and finance. WRI is proud to work with Mission Efficiency to deliver project, programs and partnerships in support of this critical call-to-action at COP28
YOUTH4ENERGY empowers youth to lead the charge towards sustainable energy solutions, fostering innovation and engagement for a brighter, sustainable Energy future.
Climargy® believes that over two-thirds of the energy efficiency capital gap by 2030 will need to flow
outside the balance sheets of energy end-users through innovative financial structures and modalities
for the world to accelerate energy efficiency technology and capital deployment.
We recognize our collective responsibility as partners with the broader energy efficiency ecosystem to
support the delivery of global progress to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement annually by
We commit as a collective of government, company and organizational partners of Mission Efficiency to
support global progress on energy efficiency. propose joint projects, work together and invest in energy
efficiency with other committed Mission Efficiency partners.
As an organizational partner, WWF urges national and sub-national governments to commit to energy efficiency by having an active energy efficiency action plan, by including high ambition for energy efficiency in the Nationally Determined Contributions and/or having UN Energy Compact with energy efficiency commitments.Read More >
As company and organizational partners, we urge national and sub-national governments to commit to energy efficiency by having an active energy efficiency action plan, by including high ambition for energy efficiency in the Nationally Determined Contributions and/or having UN Energy Compact with energy efficiency commitments.Read More >
As an organizational partner, BASE Foundation urges national and subnational governments to commit to energy efficiency by having an active energy efficiency action plan, by including high ambition for energy efficiency in the Nationally Determined Contributions and/or having UN Energy Compact with energy efficiency commitments.Read More >