Publication: Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program
About one-third of global energy is consumed in residential, public, and commercial buildings (collectively referred to as buildings), where it is used for space heating, cooling, ventilating, lighting, cooking, water heating, refrigerating, and operating electric and mechanical devices. Global energy use in buildings is expected to grow as cities in developing countries continue to modernize and per capita income levels continue to increase. Because of their high energy consumption, residential, public, and commercial buildings also offer unparalleled opportunities for energy savings. According to the International Energy Agency, buildings account for some 41 percent of global energy savings potential by 2035, compared with the industrial sector (24 percent) and the transport sector (21 percent). This guidance note outlines how cities can tap into a wide array of proven technologies, policies, and financing mechanisms to improve energy efficiency and capture cost-effective energy savings in buildings. It offers city leaders advice on how to get started in introducing energy efficiency measures, and provides lessons and examples from successful programs that have been introduced worldwide.
“Energy Sector Management Assistance Program. 2014. Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Mayoral guidance note;no. 3. Energy efficient cities ; Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) ; Knowledge series 019/14. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/21306 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”