Energy efficiency is emerging as one of the key options that can help nations in Asia and the Pacific meet the region's growing energy needs in a clean and effective way.
Increasing the efficiency of energy use and supply yields lower costs and increases availability of energy. It also produces large environmental and economic benefits:
- It eases pressure on fossil fuel demand and energy prices.
- It improves energy security.
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Technical advancement and market dynamics offer greater opportunities to improve energy efficiency, have increased the viability of new and renewable sources of energy, and have expanded the options for off-grid and community-based electricity supply.
India: Gujarat Solar Power Transmission ProjectThis brief gives an overview of a project that will support solar power development in a cost-effective manner in India with the development of a reliable evacuation system for power from the Charangka Solar Park.
ADB's Clean Energy Program - Promoting Clean Power for the Green FutureFrom solar farms to water-wheels to compact fluorescent lamps, ADB is supporting alternative uses of energy across the region.
Elephants and Solar Energy in Orissa, IndiaIn the Indian state of Orissa, villages protect their crops from hungry elephants with the aid of solar lanterns.
Professor Hironori Hamanaka on Private Sector Opportunities in Providing Energy AlternativesProfessor Hironori Hamanaka, Chair, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, discusses the renewed controversy surrounding the use of nuclear power, and talks about opportunities for the private sector in providing energy alternatives.
Professor Dadi Zhou on Renewable Energy Technologies and InfrastructureProfessor Dadi Zhou discusses the viability of renewable energy, and elaborates on the infrastructure changes and technologies that must be part of any comprehensive plan to address climate change.
The Golovnaya Hydropower Plant in Tajikistan, upgraded with ADB’s support, improves electricity supply in the country and in the CAREC region.