The Building Efficiency Initiative will combine Johnson Controls’ expertise in building efficiency solutions with WRI’s analytical know-how and policy experience. The goal is to encourage cities to save on energy use in buildings.
Cities will account for 70 percent of the world’s population by 2030, up from 54 percent today, according to WRI and Johnson Controls. As populations swell, city planners must address consumption and waste through more energy efficient buildings and systems, the partners says.
More than half of the buildings that will exist in developing countries in 2050 have not yet been built, according to the International Energy Agency. Improvement in efficiency can help avoid locking in high-carbon infrastructure, save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The Building Efficiency Initiative will support the Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, under the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which was announced last week at the UN Climate Summit. The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative has a goal of doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement around the world by 2030.