Technology Can Be Used to Improve Energy Efficiency; Compliance Is the Issue
Technology can be used to make energy efficiency gains on both the demand and the supply side but, by-and-large, people are still not using technology to lower demand, said Ashok Gupta, program director at Air and Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council. Gupta and Mirka Della Cava, project manager at International Energy Studies Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, were part of the SIPA's Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy's forum on "Energy Efficiency Programs and Policies: Benefits at Home and Abroad."
New technologies and new policies must be looked at to reduce energy consumption and achieve gains in efficiency according to Gupta. For example, to reduce petroleum dependence in the transportation sector, it would be important to consider issues such as community growth and planning, vehicle design and alternative fuels.