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Title: "Consume Responsibly [A research on home appliance energy efficiency standard-setting and labeling programs]"
Author: Lu Peng Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Publication Date: June 7 2007
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Abstract: The rocketing consumption of energies contributed to the dire consequences of global warming and devastating pollution by generating these energies. Soaring prices of ener-gy threaten bankruptcy to many developing countries and raise havoc with the world economy. Learning from the Second World War in the Asian Pacific battle field, it is not hard to believe that if the future wars, if there will be any, will be caused energy re-sources. It is absolutely imperative that clean and sustainable energies be developed and popula-rized however it will take many years and an estimate of trillions of invested dollars for the world to convert to the truly safe, environmentally sound renewable energy re-sources as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and so on. Currently, in order to make contri-bution to reduce energy consumption and to earn us more time in developing future sus-tainable energies, what everybody on this planet can do is simply by wasting less. Energy efficiency can be realized at low net cost even with a net economic benefit to the economy as a whole. An important objective in improving efficiency is to push market transformation by information sharing between countries and organizations. Several of the market-oriented policies and programs has already taken place and under developing in EU, Japan, US and China such as voluntary labeling and recognition programs for ef-ficient products, utility rebates and tax incentives to both consumers and manufacturers, and aggregating buyer demand to create a market-pull for energy efficient products. By exchanging countries' experiences with these policies and programs, China and other developing courtiers are initiating and facilitating changes into their domestic markets to increase the penetration of energy efficient products. Additionally, partner countries will work together on projects that overcome barriers which inhibit the wider uptake of energy efficient technologies and practices. This paper will investigate what experiences and knowledge we can share across the countries to make every home and individual an energy saver.
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