Philippe Fonta, EEB World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Buildings represent about 40% of the primary energy used and associated CO2 emissions globally. They are therefore a critical component in shaping and driving the world’s energy consumption profile, and its related environmental impact. Launched in 2006, the Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project focused, during its first phase of work, on delivering an understanding of the international building sector’s use of energy, and its barriers to better efficiency. Based on a unique simulation model that analyses the energy use of thousands of building types and millions of existing and new buildings, both commercial and residential, the project produced recommendations and a roadmap for a transformation of the building sector, while being economical and socially acceptable. However, until now, financial, behavioral, and knowledge barriers have stood in the way.