Further to the Fukushima catastrophe in March, Japan has been decreasing in a massive way its electricity consumption. Indeed, only 17 nuclear reactors are bringing power to the grids out of the 54 existing ones. As the New York Times notes :
” Preliminary figures indicate that regions under conservation mandates have been able to meet reduction targets and even exceed them, providing a possible model of conservation’s potential when concerns about global warming are mounting. “
” In the Tokyo area, the government is pushing to cut electricity use by 15 percent between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays to prevent blackouts – and on Thursday, that target was met compared with last year.”
Further to the reading of the full article, I think there is something we can learn and should implement in all developed countries.
We can cut our electricity consumption by 15 to 20 percent without much efforts.
If the Japanese can do it, why couldn’t the Europeans, or the Americans ? (the latter might go much further as they consume twice as much per capita than Japaneses and Europeans…)
Switching off unnecessary lights, appliances and gizmos isn’t such a big deal. Likewise, putting the A/C at the right temperature isn’t. Especially if it can allow us to slow down climate change and decrease our energy bills.
20 percent doesn’t seem much, but if this enabled us to close or use less coal-fired plants around the world we could achieve large massive greenhouses gases emissions reductions…
I often stated that energy efficiency is the panacea to all our energy and environmental problems, but we shouldn’t forget about energy sobriety…
Thanks to the New York Times for the story and ” Domo arigato ” to Japan for showing us the example !