Energy use by buildings offers a tremendous opportunity for governments seeking to foster clean energy technologies. Sustainability-minded policymakers should focus on three interlinked policy approaches related to better buildings: 1) energy policy that favors energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy sources, 2) climate policy that recognizes and internalizes the cost of carbon pollution; and 3) standards and performance criteria for the building envelope and the building components.
Buildings are a significant contributor to Mexico City’s greenhouse gas emissions and the focus of a new partnership to improve energy efficiency and create a more sustainable, competitive city. Photo by Alejandro Mejia Greene/Flickr.
Rising demand for energy worldwide is making the need for affordable, sustainable energy sources increasingly urgent.
Buildings are an important part of the sustainability picture for Mexico City.
As China urbanizes, buildings in the country’s cities are a growing source of emissions and air pollution.
Urbanization is reshaping the economy, energy systems, and climate of our planet. By 2050, the world’s cities are expected to add 2.
If you want to find major emitters of greenhouse gases, look no further than your city’s skyline.
An Institute for Building Efficiency Roundtable Dialogue The private sector can play a major role toward doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030, as targeted by the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) initiative. State-of-the-art policies and advanced building design and technologies, along with behavior change, could reduce energy demand from buildings by half...
Existing power plant carbon performance standards being developed under the Clean Air Act could include supporting or crediting energy efficiency projects which reduce CO2 emissions by reducing electricity use in buildings. Payments for CO2 reductions or incentives and rebates, on top of energy cost savings, could shorten payback on efficiency projects, including energy service performance...
Demand management and distributed generation could transform how consumers interact with the electricity grid and manage energy. Energy consumers may be shifting to view themselves as both consumers and increasingly as suppliers - with renewable energy generation on-site and demand response capability. This new consumer model and the concept of a distributed energy system may be disruptive...