Officials with event co-sponsor Danfoss said many ways to save energy are still available. 

Even though last month’s international conference on climate change ended without an agreement, officials with event co-sponsor Danfoss said many ways to save energy are still available.

“While it’s true that the removal of political and economic barriers would provide a significant boost to global energy efficiency, it’s important to remember that many of today’s technologies produce the desired effect - improving energy efficiency, saving money and reducing carbon emissions in the process,” said Robert Wilkins, president of Danfoss North America. “The increased emphasis on energy efficiency will provide a boost for our industry, leading to both job creation and energy savings. With the appropriate incentives, millions of old, inefficient air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems in the field could be replaced with today’s much more efficient equipment or tomorrow’s super-efficient equipment being developed today utilizing variable frequency drive technology.”

While he acknowledged the failure of attendees of the Dec. 7-18 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, to come up with a replacement for the 16-year-old Kyoto Protocol, the meeting was still a success, Wilkins added.

“While Copenhagen did not produce a legally-binding global climate-change agreement, it certainly heightened awareness that energy efficiency is the most viable way to reduce carbon emissions, while saving money and reducing dependence on volatile foreign energy sources,” he said.