By IEA 4E · ·
2008 has been an important year for energy efficiency. Not only has the profile of energy efficiency never been higher, but there is growing recognition that for national energy policies to tackle the challenges ahead energy efficiency must play a central role, as noted by G8 Ministers meeting in Japan:
"Promotion of energy efficiency in both energy supply and demand chains in a cost-effective manner is a necessary prerequisite for addressing energy security and climate change while supporting economic growth."
It is no coincidence that 2008 has also seen the 4E Implementing Agreement graduate from a concept first discussed during 2007 to an established body, ready to fill a missing link in international co-operation on energy efficiency policies.