IEA at COP26: The Role of Energy Efficient Buildings on the Path to Net-Zero - Strategies for policy makers
Countries around the world are committing to new and ambitious targets to reach net-zero by 2050 or sooner. Buildings are critical to the transition to a net-zero future, as they are responsible for about 40% of the global energy consumption and about one-third of global GHG emissions. Massive improvements in energy efficiency in the built environment are thus needed to achieve net-zero targets. This event will present opportunities from the next generation of energy efficiency in the built environment to accelerate progress toward net‑zero goals and higher global climate ambition. Specifically, it will present successful examples from the private and the public sector on innovative programs to reduce the overall costs of mitigating carbon emissions in the built environment while advancing social development, enhancing energy security and quality of life, and creating jobs.