WBCSD launches ‘A call to action’ on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Geneva, 22 Sept. 14 – As world leaders gather in New York for the UN Climate Summit this week, WBCSD launches a global “Call to Action” on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

One way to express a commitment or reinforce existing action is for an organization to sign the Manifesto on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB Manifesto). It commits an organization to develop a baseline on its buildings energy use, to set its own targets, and to report publicly on progress and promote building energy efficiency among its stakeholders. This creates transparency and inspiration.

“19% of global man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings” says Roland Hunziker, Director, Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB 2.0) project at WBCSD. “If we do not act, by 2050 emissions from the building sector could double.”

By publishing “Energy Efficiency in Buildings – A Call to Action”, WBCSD showcases action that can change this energy use paradigm. The magazine shows the experience of EEB Manifesto signatories on implementing EEB programs in their building portfolios. The companies that have taken action to reduce the energy consumption of their buildings are benefiting from impressive results in terms of economic returns, payback times and employee engagement.“A Call to Action” follows up on an earlier issue of the magazine “An Insight from Companies”.

The WBCSD EEB 2.0 project has set itself the objective of reaching 1,000 commitments to act on EEB by the time of the climate conference in Paris (COP21) at the end of 2015. WBCSD is working to achieve that together with its partner networks, World Green Building Council, International Energy Agency, the Urban Land Institute and the WBCSD Global Network, through local building market engagements in a series of key markets around the world and through this global call to action.

The WBCSD Energy Efficiency Toolkit for Corporate Buildings is available as a step-by-step guide for all those interested in how to develop a consistent strategy and implementation plan to address the energy efficiency of their buildings.

The EEB Magazine ‘A call to action’ can be found HERE.