Policies for Better Buildings – Rocky Mountain Institute
Policies for Better BuildingsCost-Effective Ways Cities Can Cut Carbon, Slash Costs, and Create Jobs August 16, 2018 | By
– Matt Jungclaus
Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions, while occupying only 2 percent of its land area. Many cities are well aware of their substantial carbon footprints and have made commitments to emissions reductions and conducted emissions audits to target certain sectors. Overwhelmingly, cities have seen that the energy consumption of existing buildings accounts for the greatest source of their carbon emissions—constituting 64 to 73 percent of citywide carbon emissions in the three most populous cities in the United States. Most existing buildings are decades old, suffer from substantial deferred maintenance issues, and have significant potential for cost-effective energy retrofits.