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GlobalABC also debuted a new Buildings Climate Tracker – which looks at measures such as incremental energy efficiency investment in buildings and the share of renewable energy in global buildings. The tracker, unfortunately, found that the rate of annual improvement is decreasing — it was down by 50% between 2016 and 2019. The authors concluded that “to get the buildings sector on track to achieving net-zero carbon by 2050, all actors across the buildings value chain need to increase decarbonization actions and their impact by a factor of five.”
As we approach the 2021 U.N. climate summit, many countries are attempting to enact more ambitious policies. Some recommend that governments should include “green conditionality” that would encourage the construction of low-carbon buildings in COVID-19 stimulus packages. This kind of policy is already in effect — the European Commission’s “Renovation Wave” strives to double building renovation rates within a decade, and South Korea’s $130 billion dollar package that proposes constructing 230,000 energy-efficient buildings. The Report and the new Tracker amply demonstrate the importance of reforming the construction and buildings sector to be more energy-efficient and generate lower emissions.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer After the German Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s climate plans weren’t sufficient, the government has announced its new plans: Cutting carbon emissions 65% by 2030 and 88% by 2040 (based on a 1990 baseline) Aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045, five years earlier than the initial target The […]
The world’s glaciers are melting faster than ever before, and it’s having significant consequences on the oceans, wildlife, and our coastlines. A study published Wednesday found that nearly all the world’s glaciers are melting, and some are withering at rates 31 percent higher than 15 years ago.
Why This Matters: As glaciers melt, habitats for critical species disappear, water sources deplete, coastlines recede, and dangerous glacial bursts threaten communities.
Last night President Biden delivered his first joint address to Congress and outlined to the American people his vision for the power of government to improve lives and address urgent threats like the pandemic and the climate crisis. Biden has been a career champion of the ability of the federal government to solve the nation’s […]
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