And tackling this waste is now a growing centre of economic activity, thousands of local authorities throughout the world are now converting their streetlights and traffic lights to LED versions, Tesco Ireland have signed a 1 million contract with a Waterford firm to convert the display lighting on their fridges to LED, most new display fridges are now shipped with LED lighting and the fridges themselves are more energy efficient.Up to a point I have to agree with fiannafailure here - we're currently almost unbelievably wasteful of energy. Our energy efficiency on a global level is probably less than 40-50% (more if you include some 'unnecessary use'), and that's without deciding the whole question of whether the car is a necessary thing at all.
Office and commercial buildings are being designed with energy efficiency a prime requirement, interestingly, my own non scientific survey has shown a weird correlation between developers in Ireland who have designed and built energy efficient developments, not being involved in NAMA , perhaps common sense plays a larger role in all of their decisions. Experience certainly proves these properties easier to find tenants for.
As regards the car, I think it will be a while before its use is less necessary, perhaps the next generation will design a more efficient society. S of I have started to visit schools to talk about energy and its role in our lives and the engagement from the students in this area gives me a lot of hope for the future.