Tag: sustainable buildings

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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Making buildings better in the US

Electrification can decarbonize the building sector when combined with energy efficiency, putting the United States on the path to a stable climate future while removing fossil fuel appliances that harm human health from our buildings. The House version of the Build Back Better Act includes $12.5 billion for building electrification and energy efficiency incentives to decarbonize the building sector, improve public health, and reduce consumer bills.

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Why building greener is crucial to meeting Paris climate targets

“Green-building” is more than just a good idea. Reducing carbon output from buildings and construction is essential if we’re going to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to well below 2C. That’s the conclusion of a new United Nations-led report that shows the construction and operation of buildings accounted for 37% of global energy-related CO2 emissions in 2020.

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Decarbonizing Homes in the United States

This report by RMI titled “Decarbonizing Homes: Improving Health in Low-Income Communities through Beneficial Electrification”, presents a holistic approach to electrifying housing in low-income communities. This approach will lower housing cost burdens, improve housing quality to create a safe and healthful indoor environment, reduce climate pollution, and enable buildings to more easily manage electricity demand.

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