The Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) based in Paris has just released a new report that sets the scene why buildings should play a bigger role in energy and climate change policies. The report, entitled Buildings for our Future – The Deep Path for Closing the Emissions Gap in the Buildings Sector, shows that there can be significant improvements in energy performance of buildings. By 2050, energy use in buildings could be reduced by nearly a quarter of that of today, and buildings’ CO2 emissions could be reduced by around one third.
The report calls for a new dialogue on the role and importance of improved energy performance of buildings in today’s global and national policy discussions about energy and climate change policies. Current policy frameworks must be transformed to reflect the urgent need for reduction of CO2 emissions. Much of that transformation will depend on a change in the attitudes and commitment of decision makers. Achieving these reforms requires a new approach to strategic planning and collaboration, with more holistic thinking.
The report brings together analysis commissioned over the past year, analysing the mitigation potential for new and existing buildings in the GBPN’s four regions – China, Europe, India and the United States – together with a review and analysis of best practice policies that, if effectively applied globally, could pave the way to that transformation to the Deep Path.
In Buildings for our Future, the GBPN has raised the challenge for countries to follow the “Deep Path” for closing the emissions gap in the building sector and describes how to pro-actively take the practical steps to build global collaboration. The report is available on the GBPN website.