Interview: Dr François Moisan from ADEME on energy efficiency

Posted on 23 August 2013

How is the world doing on energy efficiency? The new edition of the WEC Energy Efficiency Policies report will have the latest. Dr François Moisan, from project partner ADEME, gives a preview.

What’s new in the 2013 Energy Efficiency Policies report?

Mr Franois Moisan - Directeur ExŽcutif StratŽgie et Recherche dThe 2013 edition of the energy efficiency report shows that energy intensity at world level has been decreasing for several decades. This decrease is observed for almost all world regions. However the pace of energy intensity decrease was lower in the last decade than in the 1990’s. This is due to the increasing weight of emerging economies with a higher energy intensity, and the fact that in China the decline in energy intensity was stronger in the 1990’s (–7%/year) than in the 2000’s (–3%).

The report observes that a growing number of countries are implementing consistent energy efficiency policies, enforcing new regulations and standards, and developing financial mechanisms for energy efficiency investments. Most energy regulations now represent around 70% of all measures. New actors are mobilised in the implementation of energy efficiency policies: energy services companies (ESCOs), banks, and utilities, too, are playing a stronger role in energy savings with their customers, and they are often doing this even without being required by government.

How do you see the report will help influence decision-makers?

The survey on energy efficiency policies implemented by governments around the world enables the sharing of experience accumulated over 20 years. Best practices are being spread in all regions: in 2006 only 40% of countries had quantitative targets on energy efficiency, but now there are more than 80% that have such targets. Labels and minimum efficiency standards have been implemented in most countries to increase the energy performance of buildings and electrical equipment such as refrigerators and air conditioning.

How is the report put together?

Cooling tower and waterEnergy efficiency indicators for all countries are not easily available, so we work with Enerdata, a consulting firm involved globally with energy efficiency. ADEME is in charge of managing the EU database for such indicators and is currently training experts in many countries to develop energy efficiency indicators at country or regional level.

The second part of the report, on energy efficiency policies, is done through a large survey among the ADEME and WEC network involving WEC national committees and Enerdata. We are very satisfied that we have been able to cover 85 countries representing more than 95% of world energy consumption.

What has the experience been in working with the WEC ?

The cooperation between WEC and ADEME is unique as the network mobilised in this study is very large, both in term of geographical coverage (all emerging economies on board) and the actors: including businesses that are strongly involved in energy efficiency as well as energy suppliers. Working with the WEC is also important for the dissemination of results: the last report was downloaded by more than 38,000 experts in 2011 alone.


Dr François Moisan leads the WEC Knowledge Network on Energy Efficiency Policies. He is Executive Director of Strategy, Research & International Affairs and also Scientific Director of ADEME, the public agency in charge of implementing French policies on energy efficiency, renewable energy and environment.

The report, Energy Efficiency Policies, will be released on 11 September with a presentation at the Swiss Energy and Climate Summit.

Its database reflecting 2010 information can be viewed here: