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Financing Energy Efficiency : Lessons from Brazil, China, India, and Beyond

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  • Robert P. Taylor
  • Chandrasekar Govindarajalu
  • Jeremy Levin
  • Anke S. Meyer
  • William A. Ward

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Energy for heating, cooling, lighting, mechanical power, and various chemical processes is a fundamental requirement for both daily life and economic development. The negative impact on the environment of current energy systems is increasingly alarming, especially the global warming consequences of burning fossil fuels. The future requires change through the development and adoption of new supply technologies, through a successful search for new, less resource-intensive paths of economic development, and through adoption of energy. Greater energy efficiency is key for shifting country development paths toward lower-carbon economic growth. Especially in developing countries and transition economies, vast potential for energy savings opportunities remain unrealized even though current financial returns are strong. Activities included specialized technical assistance, training, and applied research covering the four primary areas of country interest: (a) development of commercial banking windows for energy efficiency; (b) support for developing energy service companies (ESCOs); (c) guarantee funds for energy efficiency investment financing; and (d) equity funding for ESCOs or energy efficiency projects. One clear message from the experience of the three country Energy Efficiency Project is the importance of establishing and maintaining practical, operationally focused dialogue between the banking community and the energy efficiency practitioner community.

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This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 6349 and published in 2008.

ISBN: 978-0-8213-7304-0
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Keywords: Energy - Energy and Environment Energy - Energy Demand Energy - Energy Production and Transportation Environmental Economics and Policies Environment - Environment and Energy Efficiency;

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  1. Ludovico Alcorta & Morgan Bazilian & Giuseppe De Simone & Ascha Pedersen, 2012. "Return on Investment from Industrial Energy Efficiency: Evidence from Developing Countries," Working Papers 2012.35, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. WenShwo Fang & Stephen M. Miller, 2012. "The effect of ESCOs on carbon dioxide emissions," Working papers 2012-14, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  3. Todd M. Johnson & Claudio Alatorre & Zayra Romo & Feng Liu, 2010. "Low-Carbon Development for Mexico," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2398, October.
  4. World Bank, 2009. "Mexico - Low-Carbon Development : Main Report," World Bank Other Operational Studies 3124, The World Bank.
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  6. Nicholas Tatrallyay & Martin Stadelmann, 2013. "Climate change mitigation and international finance: the effectiveness of the Clean Development Mechanism and the Global Environment Facility in India and Brazil," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 18(7), pages 903-919, October.
  7. WenShwo Fang & Stephen M. Miller & Chih-Chuan Yeh, 2012. "The effect of ECSOs on energy use," Working papers 2012-13, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  8. World Bank, 2011. "India - Energy Intensive Sectors of the Indian Economy : Path to Low Carbon Development," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2798, The World Bank.
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