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Jakarta Post

Path to Paris: Building green

  • Philippe Le Houérou

Washington DC   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  01:51 am

As the world is moving to implement the Paris Agreement, we are making slow but steady progress on incorporating renewable sources of energy into the global economy. However, with population growth, urbanization and a burgeoning middle class, the demand for energy continues to outpace our ability to change our energy mix, resulting in rising greenhouse gas emissions. The only way to achieve the goals of Paris is to bend the demand curve for energy through increased energy efficiency.

According to the International Energy Agency, buildings account for 36 percent of final global energy use and more than 55 percent of electricity demand. To meet two-degree Celsius scenario targets, average building energy use per person globally needs to fall by at least 10 percent by 2025. Getting on that trajectory through energy savings in buildings can help us achieve the double bottom line of r...