What is energy productivity?

Energy productivity is an indicator of the amount of economic output that is derived from each unit of energy consumed. Economy-wide energy productivity is generally measured as national gross domestic product (GDP, in millions of dollars) divided by petajoules (PJ) of primary energy consumed. While other definitions are possible, this is a common international measure that will make it easy to compare our progress with other countries.

Measures for improving energy productivity go beyond energy efficiency. They can include one or a combination of the following actions and technologies, typically on the customer-side of the meter, whether that customer is an industrial user or household:

  • Generation (including renewables)
  • Storage (including battery and thermal storage)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Demand management

 

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