Implementation and acceleration are buzz words in the world of energy efficiency this year and rightfully so. In the past five months, world leaders have converged, agreed to and signed the historic Paris Agreement, which has redefined our global architecture for tackling climate change. In Washington, DC this week business, policy and technical experts convened for the 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) to talk about actions, barriers and incentives to growing the energy productivity of economies and maximizing the cheapest energy source of all – the unit of energy not used. Highlights from the Forum are available on the website of the EE Global host, the Alliance to Save Energy.
Both the climate and energy discussions shine a light on the tremendous opportunities and benefits – economic, social and environmental – that investing in and deploying more energy efficiency can deliver.
American Energy Productivity is On the Rise
The BCSE’s 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, shows that investment in energy efficiency continues to pay dividends for the US economy, and American energy productivity increased by 13% from 2007 to 2015. Energy productivity is a measure of gross domestic national product (GDP) per unit of energy use, and is gaining in popularity as a term that captures the national economic benefits of investment in energy efficiency. Watch this short video highlighting this year’s Factbook energy efficiency findings.
How to Improve Urban Building Efficiency in Eight Steps
On May 11th, the Building Efficiency Initiative team at WRI’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, Johnson Controls and a dozen other partners, which includes the BCSE, launched a new report entitled Accelerating Building Efficiency: Eight Actions for Urban Leaders.
With buildings responsible for 32 percent of global energy consumption and a quarter of CO2 emissions, there is a huge, under-tapped opportunity to create more sustainable cities through building efficiency. Improving the efficiency of buildings is the most cost-effective way to cut energy use and emissions in cities. Efficient buildings can create economic benefits, reduce environmental impacts and improve people’s quality of life.
The report offers practical advice for city leaders, including eight clear and specific recommendations to unlock building efficiency. It presents a politically smart, common-sense approach that will help usher in a new era of better buildings suited for the 21st century. Download the report for free and use this guidebook and its detailed overview of eight actions that will help deliver the economic, social and environmental benefits of #buildingefficiency in cities around the world.