Energy and Low-Carbon Futures
Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab
Type: Collaborative publications
Publication date: December 2017
Author: Dr Evangelos Gazis
Residential, commercial and industrial buildings account for 30-40% of global energy consumption and 25-35% of total carbon dioxide emissions. Despite evidence that saving a unit of energy is on average ﬁve times cheaper than buying it, investment in energy efﬁciency improvements in buildings remains low. Building stock remains largely inefﬁcient, while 75-85% of existing buildings are expected to be still in use in 2050 . In order to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement, effective policy interventions will need to ensure not only that all new buildings are energy efﬁcient, but also that the rate of renovations increases considerably.
This policy briefing outlines some of the key learnings from the Energy Efﬁciency Innovation Lab, as well as recommendations for state and regional governments seeking to enhance energy efﬁciency in the built environment as part of their clean energy transitions.
Innovation Labs are the second phase of The Climate Group’s Energy Transition Platform, a project that connects 11 highly industrialized, carbon-intensive states and regions seeking to transition to a clean energy future. The Energy Transition Platform enables these governments to share experiences and successful initiatives, and helps them overcome barriers and adopt innovative clean energy policies. Innovation Labs accelerate this work by facilitating workshops, group calls and best practice case studies. The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment is the knowledge partner for the Innovation Labs, providing research tailored to each government.
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