The Department of Energy has published the first draft of an energy-efficiency strategy which aims to build on past successes and stimulate further improvements through a combination of fiscal and financial incentives, a robust legal and regulatory framework, and enabling measures. The draft document called the Post-2015 National Energy Efficiency Strategy outlines a number of proposals to overcome barriers and achieve energy efficiency in the different economic sectors between 2015 and 2030. It sets an economy wide target of reducing energy consumption by 29% by 2030 as a result of efficiency improvements. The document which was published in the Government Gazette on Friday, updates the first National Energy Efficiency Strategy of 2005 and will be reviewed every five years. The department says that an analysis of the data confirms that "significant progress" was made between 2000 and 2012 in improving energy efficiency particularly in the industrial and residential sectors and prim...

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