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minimum energy performance standards. These measures have been shown to be economically attractive and can provide an appreciable reduction in adverse environmental impacts.

This handbook describes energy efficiency improvements achievable with available technologies. The challenge is to adopt policies that accelerate the adoption of these technologies all over the world.

1.6 Forecast of Future Energy Mix

As explained above, it is clear that oil production will peak in the near future and will start declining thereafter. Since oil comprises the largest share of world energy consumption, a reduction in availability of oil will cause a major disruption unless other resources can fill the gap. Natural gas and coal production may be increased to fill the gap, with the natural gas supply increasing more rapidly than coal.

TABLE 1.10 Economic Energy Efficiency Potentials in Western Europe, 2010 and 2020

Sector and Technological Area Economic Potential (percent)" Energy Price Level Base Year


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