Better enforcement needed for successful implementation of energy efficiency policies

Commercial buildings the focus of recent code initiatives.

May 27, 2016 |
Better enforcement needed for successful implementation of energy efficiency policies

Photo: Seth Tisue/Creative Commons.

Over the past five years, energy efficiency policies and codes have been made more stringent in many countries around the world, but for these measures to succeed stronger enforcement is needed, according to a report by Navigant Research.

“Globally, governments and regulatory agencies have increased their focus on commercial buildings, which are large consumers of the world’s energy,” adds Krystal Maxwell, research associate with Navigant Research. “Europe is a leader among world regions in energy efficiency policy, with the most rigorous building codes, performance standards, labeling, and benchmarking, as well as some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.”

Commercial buildings, as large consumers of the world’s energy, have become primary targets for global governments and regulatory agencies. Increased regulation of policies, codes, and benchmarking must be enforced for successful policy reform, however, Navigant says.

Influencing code reform are the actions that many countries have taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. The U.K. has the most ambitious target: An 80% reduction by 2050, with the emission level of 1990 as the baseline. The U.S. is aiming for a 26-28% reduction by 2025 from 2005’s level. 

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