The European Union's $826 billion plan to respond to the coronavirus crisis includes more than $200 billion for climate friendly measures like building renovation, clean energy technology, low-carbon vehicles and sustainable land use.
Congress could immediately create millions of good jobs and provide relief to families struggling to pay energy bills, while simultaneously advancing a cleaner economy by dramatically increasing funding to state energy efficiency and assistance programs. Expanding these programs can support the long backlog of “shovel-ready” projects and put people to work immediately in well-paying jobs.
Mexico’s leadership and influence can set the course for a broader ZCB movement toward net-zero-carbon buildings in Latin America.
This working paper describes WRI India’s experience aggregating demand for clean energy in apartment complexes of Bengaluru India.
Zero carbon buildings aren't a thing of the future. They're viable and affordable right now, and present a massive opportunity to fight climate change cheaply.
India is often ground zero for extreme heat events, and the urban heat island effect makes these events even more severe in cities, which are warmer than surrounding areas due to concentrated human activity and construction. Cities' buildings have a lot to do with the heat residents feel.
Statement by Andrew Steer, WRI President & CEO, following the conclusion of the UN Climate Action Summit where 66 countries indicated their intention to enhance the ambition of their climate plans by 2020.
Developing and industrialized countries commit to decarbonize their building sector to achieve massive CO2 reductions.
A new coalition of countries, businesses and international organizations today committed to driving a 3% global increase in energy efficiency each year – a move that can help limit climate change and increase global prosperity.
A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions shows that national governments that invest in low-carbon cities can enhance economic prosperity, make cities better places to live and rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The report finds that implementing low-carbon measures in cities would be worth almost US$24 trillion by 2050 and could reduce emissions from cities by 90%.
China's market for new buildings is booming. Constructing zero carbon buildings would enable China and other countries to keep up with demand without further fueling climate change.
Buildings that emit no greenhouse gas emissions during their operation are vital to meeting the SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. But in the past, zero carbon buildings have been assumed to be only attainable by technologically advanced or wealthy countries. New WRI research finds there are policy pathways to reach zero carbon buildings regardless of location or development status. The report identifies eight pathways countries can take to reach zero carbon buildings by reducing energy demand and cleaning energy supply.
While making buildings more energy-efficient is the cheapest way to reduce emissions, the energy efficiency improvement rate is actually slowing down. Eskişehir, a Turkish city of 870,000, is showing cities around the world how they can lead on building efficiency.
Because countries' commitments and cities, local governments and businesses can only do so much to keep climate impacts from reaching the most dangerous levels, we need to strengthen the mutually reinforcing relationship between national and subnational climate action. Bogota, Colombia, shows how this relationship can work.
Any construction, especially affordable housing, that does not include efficiency standards is neglecting the needs of families in those homes. Yet inefficient housing is still all too common.
Market signals and political will to decarbonize the buildings sector are still missing. But in surprising places, from Mexico to India to Kenya to China, net or nearly-zero-carbon buildings are emerging.
WRI announced a $2 million grant from the Global Environmental Facility to scale up the efforts of the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) in its second phase.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer is interviewed by the World Green Building Council about the ways that green buildings can help the world meet climate targets and promote low-carbon development.
A new mandate for efficiency standards in India's commercial buildings could slash energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth. Here are additional steps that policymakers can take to transform building energy use and help the country meet its emission reduction goals.
When WRI's recent global office renovation earned LEED Silver certification, it joined more than 38,000 LEED projects that are reducing carbon emissions and improving building efficiency worldwide. As standards for greener construction are incorporated into national and local building codes, they are raising the bar for the future.