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Technology helps us do more with less

  • Technology helps the world use energy more efficiently by reducing energy intensity (the amount of energy used per unit of economic output)
  • Since 1970, global energy intensity has fallen about 1 percent per year on average; this decline is likely to average about 2 percent per year from 2015 to 2040
  • Technology also helps moderate the carbon intensity of energy use, which will help lower the carbon intensity of the world economy (tonnes CO2 per unit of GDP) by 45 percent by 2040