Good Morning BEST subscribers,

This week the Bioenergy and Sustainability interns have decided to post 
about energy efficiency.

Often when people think of ways to combat climate change the first 
things that come to mind are renawable energy solutions like wind, 
solar, and biofuels. Although these are certainly part of the 
sustainable equation, energy efficiency has the most potential to make 
an immediate impact in terms of reducing emissions. Despite this 
potential, energy efficiency hasn't been as popular with tech startups 
as the more exciting fields of renewable energy.

This is something that has begun to change. Through a combination of 
private investment and public policy pushes, spending on energy 
efficient technologies and programs have soared to $250 billion 
worldwide last year, according to the International Energy Agency. The 
agency projects that amount will more than double by 2035. Along with 
creating energy efficient technologies, firms are focusing on collecting 
data in order to identify buildings that could benefit from retrofitting 
and even simple changes like turning the lights off when employees are 
not working.

Silicon Valley tech firms focus on energy efficiency to confront 
climate change


Michael Bank
Undergraduate Intern
2014 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department
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