The supply and use of energy produces around three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions today and holds the key to averting the worst effects of climate change. Limiting global warming to less than 2°C or 1.5°C will require global emissions to be reduced by 30% or 45%, respectively by 2030.
This will require an urgent and fundamental transformation of energy systems at a global scale, with profound implications for people, societies, and economies. Consumers must be at the heart of this transformation, not least because energy is required to meet basic human needs. We are all consumers of energy services in our everyday lives. Energy systems enable us to use energy to meet a variety of needs, including heating and cooling, cooking, work and entertainment, travel and more.
The ultimate purpose of energy provision is to meet people’s needs, and their desire to meet them is the fundamental – and probably the strongest – market driving force. Energy system change based on an understanding of consumers’ needs and rights leverages this force.
What conditions are needed to support consumers to take action? How are new models of consumer engagement in energy systems delivering benefit for people & planet?
To mark World Consumer Rights Day, Consumers International has released their latest White Paper, “Consumer Protection and Empowerment for A Clean Energy Future’ that explores the matter. This paper assesses the barriers and opportunities facing consumers engaging in clean energy systems, and explores the opportunity for strengthened consumer protection to accelerate the clean energy transition and ensure fair outcomes for consumers.
Read the report here: