Cutting Building Energy Use in Houston
A number of sustainable development groups convened a deep-dive workshop exploring strategies for reducing energy consumption in Houston buildings by 30 percent or more. The workshop followed Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s recent announcement that the city will cut CO2 emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels, the same as New York City’s pledge.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) and partners in the WBCSD’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings market transformation initiative participated in the workshop.
During three days, a committee of experts made up of representatives from the WBCSD member companies and partners discussed with developers, investors, designers, engineers, facility operators and tenants how to define the business case for investments in energy efficiency of buildings for different stakeholder groups in the building value chain. Four topics were at the heart of the debate:
- Increasing value to stakeholders through energy efficiency
- Investing and financing
- Verifying value and return on investments
- Appropriate policy and regulation.
A detailed summary including a plan to foster the widespread uptake of energy efficiency in buildings in the Houston market will be published shortly.
Photo: Houston via Shutterstock
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