Reducing energy-related emissions in buildings



 

There are hundreds of millions of individual buildings in the world, each presenting multiple and diverse energy needs. Thanks to a new standard, ISO 16745, determining and reporting a carbon metric of an existing building, associated with the operation of the building, will become easier and will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of global energy used, and as much as one-third of global GHG emissions, both in developed and developing countries. But the building sector also has the largest potential for significantly reducing GHGs compared to other major emitters. In this context, measuring and reporting GHG emissions from existing buildings is critical to enable significant and cost-effective GHG mitigation. Until now, there has been no globally agreed method to measure, report and verify potential reductions of GHG emissions from existing buildings in a consistent and comparable way.

Contact Katie Bird, ISO, bird@iso.org

 

 

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