Jamais Cascio of WorldChanging is adamant that the range of options for improving energy efficiency “far and away exceeds the range of supply choices” and believes that Dr. Kevin Anderson from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is absolutely right when he argues:
…developing and implementing an explicit and enforceable, yet flexible, energy efficiency programme offers real and almost immediate benefits in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, economic competitiveness and energy-service security.
A recent study in the UK showed that the power consumed by electronic devices not in use amounted to around 7 TWh annually, and the Energy Savings Trust calculated that CO2 emissions from standby electronics in the UK amount to 3.5 million tonnes annually.
One commenter warned against a false dichotomy between supply and demand. “You can’t energy-efficiency your way out of global warming, you need low- or zero-carbon supply, too” and suggests, instead the opinion of Walt Patterson:
We do not need to reduce the use of energy… We need to reduce the use of fuel, a very different and much narrower problem. We need to use less fuel, and more… innovative infrastructure energy in the form of electricity. “Keeping the Lights On” (PDF)
H’m, seems similiar to the idea of reducing oil dependence and plugging in, doesn’t it now?