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December 1, 2011

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BCSE Joins Collaborators at COP17 to Discuss Policy Blueprint for Building Efficiency

Side Event to Center on National Actions to Increase Building Sector Efficiency, Decrease Emissions

DURBAN, South Africa—At a side event this evening connected to the UN climate negotiations, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) will join Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency and the U.S. Green Building Council in discussing a key policy blueprint for driving energy efficiency in buildings.

The report, titled Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Polices and Actions, reviews policy options available for policymakers in developing countries that can accelerate energy efficiency improvements in the built environment and track results over time. It reviews recent attempts to transform buildings through policy, discusses options for governmental action and policy and outlines a pathway to implementation.

Speaking ahead of the discussion, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson explained, “Finding the right policies to drive energy efficiency in buildings is crucial for countries seeking to contain energy costs, reduce emissions, and promote resilience to climate change.” She added, “This collaborative report is a straightforward, useful resource for nations looking to identify and evaluate policies to promote sustainable development and climate mitigation and adaptation.”

The discussion will take place this evening from 20:15 to 21:45 in the Apies River Room of the Durban Exhibition Center. Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Polices and Actions will be formally released by the Institute for Building Efficiency on December 13.

To learn more about the BCSE’s COP17/CMP7 delegation and its activities and priorities in Durban, please see BCSE in Action.