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US State Policies For Building Electrification: Policy Brief

To meet ambitious emissions-reduction goals, a small but growing number of states are promoting electrification of space and water heating as an important building decarbonization tool. However, one barrier states face is the need to ensure that fuel-switching and electrification efforts are beneficial; i.e., they must reduce emissions and energy costs while harmonizing with existing energy efficiency policies aimed at reducing demand.

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Low-Carbon Fuels Have a Limited Role to Play in New York’s Buildings

New York State is poised to become a national leader in climate action in the buildings sector, with an ambitious vision in the state’s draft climate plan for phasing out fossil fuel use in buildings through a mix of efficiency and electrification upgrades. As the state moves to finalize this plan, alternate proposals are emerging focused on “low carbon fuels” — namely hydrogen, biomethane, and synthetic methane — as options for building heating.

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Renewable Energy Solutions for District Heating in Mongolia

IRENA is supporting Mongolia in the decarbonisation of its building sector through the implementation of renewable energy solutions in district heating systems. The support is designed to contribute to building the capacity of Mongolian stakeholders to develop a Strategic Heating and Cooling Plan (SHCP). IRENA is collaborating with the Mongolian Ministry of Energy to organise virtual capacity building events on Integrating Renewable Energy Solutions in Mongolia’s District Heating Systems.

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Energy Efficiency Measures to Decarbonise Brunei’s Building Environment

Ever since the re-establishment of Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC) and Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS) in July 2018, the country’s commitment and objectives in alleviating climate change impact have been emphasised through the release of Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP). Two of the ten key strategies under the BNCCP are to improve power management and climate resilience and adaptation. Energy efficiency falls under both categories to a certain extent. 

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Buildings Fit for 55 and beyond: Benchmarks for a clean, fair and rapid transition in Europe

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the EU’s final energy and 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions – more if the life cycle impacts of construction materials are included. This briefing sets tests for proposed legislation across the Fit for 55 package and beyond for getting on track to climate neutrality. Drawing on these opportunities and challenges, E3G sets out four tests for the Fit for 55 package and other European Green Deal policy and legislation to meet, with recommendations for meeting these four tests.

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