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.
There is widespread support for deploying low-carbon sources of energy. However, when new, renewable and distributed energy technologies enter the electricity market, they are often not directly competitive with existing fossil-fuel based technologies.
What would be the impact of carbon legislation in the U.S., specifically a cap-and-trade system, on the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment manufacturing industry? Johnson Controls recently presented one perspective on the opportunities such a policy would create to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Energy efficiency has long been an integral component of the European Union’s common energy policy. Though policy emphasis on energy efficiency has waxed and waned over the years in deference to shifts in overarching strategies and goals, the EU has once again made energy efficiency a top priority. Early in 2007, the EU proposed a new energy policy as a “first resolute step towards...
Several experts from the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, including Clay Nesler, Jennifer Layke, and Derek Supple, joined government, NGO and private sector leaders at the 32nd session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. On the heels of the Copenhagen negotiations last November, this meeting discussed next steps for...
As the world’s most populous nation and one of its fastest growing economies, China must be included in any discussion of global energy demands and international efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2010 during the lead up to the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties under the UNFCCC, major developing country economies advanced energy policy initiatives designed to meet national commitments to reduce their energy intensity. In essence the largest emerging economies agreed to slow the rate of growth of carbon emissions per unit of economic activity. A summary of these pledges can be found at...
Clean energy is key to environmental sustainability. Reliable, affordable energy is fundamental to economic development. While dense megacities continue to emerge as the dominant population centers of the 21st century, over two billion of the world’s people still lack access to basic energy services. Affordable energy infrastructure and technology, coupled with the development of a...
Energy policies to improve building efficiency often favor voluntary, incentive-based approaches over mandates. Tax credits, financial rebates, loan guarantees and other mechanisms all serve as carrots dangled in front of decision-makers to encourage steps in the direction of greater efficiency. One notable exception occurs at the beginning of a building’s or a product’s life cycle.