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Our Built Environment: The Frontier of Energy Efficiency


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Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption, and represent a huge GHG emissions reduction potential. A significant part of the emission savings can follow relatively quickly from …

Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption, and represent a huge GHG emissions reduction potential. A significant part of the emission savings can follow relatively quickly from identifying and implementing energy efficiency measures. Yet this is not always such a straightforward area for public and private action. How can we move faster from talking to acting, and unlock this enormous emissions savings potential?

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  • 1. Our Built Environment: The Frontier of Energy Efficiency   Panel Discussion Hosted by Philips Lighting North America Poznan, Poland December 7, 2008
  • 2. Outline
    • A Few Words About the Alliance
    • U.S. Perspective:
      • Why Buildings? Why Efficiency?
    • A Few Examples of Action in the U.S.
    • A Hope for Change
      • “ Stepping Up” Action Under New Leadership
    • An Invitation to Learn More
      • “ EE Global” International Conference & Exhibition
        • April 27 – 29, Paris France
  • 3. What is the Alliance to Save Energy?
    • Mission:
    • To promote energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.
    • The Alliance is…
    • Thirty years in the making
    • Led by Board of Government and Business Leaders
    • Staffed by 50+ professionals
    • Operating Internationally
    • Fuel Neutral
  • 4. Forging Alliances: Business, Govt. & Public Interests
    • Sponsorship and participation of more than 150 organizations
    • Involvement by businesses in all economic sectors
    • Initiatives underway in research, policy advocacy, education, technology
    • deployment, and communications
  • 5. Energy Efficiency: Powering the U.S. Economy for 30 Years
  • 6. Why Focus on the Built Environment?
  • 7. Codes: Helping to Cut Global Energy Demand Growth Better Buildings are part of the solution to cutting global energy demand growth from 2.2% to 0.7% Source: McKinsey Global Institute
  • 8. The Great Frontier: Improving Building Codes
    • The opportunity If all states improved codes by 30% in 2010 and an additional 20% in 2020, our nation could save each year :
    • 5% of total energy use (3 quadrillion Btu)
    • $50 billion in consumer energy bills
    • greenhouse gas emissions of 70 million autos/100 million tons of carbon dioxide
  • 9. The Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition
  • 10. Success; But More Work Needed
    • New Residential Energy Code (2009 IECC):
    • 13% boost in new home energy efficiency beyond current model code
    • Average annual energy cost savings of $246
    • Tomorrow…?
    • 2010 Commercial Energy Code Boosting Efficiency by 30%
    • Federal Legislation Directing 30% Improvement by 2010 and 50% Improvement by 2020 (Homes and Commercial Building)
    • Aggressive Adoption and Enforcement by States
    • Investment in RD&D for Building Efficiency Technologies to Underpin Carbon Neutral Buildings
  • 11. Tackling Efficiency Within Our Homes The Lighting Efficiency Coalition developed and advocated efficiency standards included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), calling for a phase-out of today’s inefficient incandescent light bulbs by the year 2014.
  • 12. Light Bulb Standards: Reducing Emissions through EE
    • U.S. set performance standards for general service light bulbs, starting in 2012-2014
      • 25-30% savings: will phase out traditional incandescent bulbs
    • When fully implemented, consumers will save:
      • $18 billion annually on their electricity bills
      • 158 million tons of CO2 and 5700 lbs . of airborne mercury emission
      • Equivalent electricity as provided by 30 baseload power plants
    • Second standard in 2020 must achieve roughly 65% savings
  • 13. $100 Million City Project “ Cambridge Energy Alliance”
    • $100 million, 5 year, massive energy efficiency project in Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • All sectors – commercial, industrial, government, universities, hospitals and non-profits, housing and residents
    • Goal of reducing peak demand by 50 MW and fuel and electricity use by 10% over 5 years; major reductions in GHG emissions
    • Best way for city, companies and consumers to stabilize energy costs and reduce pressure on the grid
    • Significant number of new jobs and economic development
  • 14.  
  • 15. City as Champion
    • Cambridge rallies its businesses, universities, organizations and citizens to reduce energy use and costs while making its infrastructure more efficient
      • Reduce Cambridge’s energy costs
      • Reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil
      • Reduce Carbon and GHG emissions
    • City Levers:
      • “ Brand” - credibility in Marketing and Investments
      • Authority to deal with all parties
      • Trusted relationship with large and small companies, university and nonprofit sector and residents
    • City as a Natural Aggregator of:
      • Energy Demand
      • Public Incentives
      • Private Investment
  • 16. Energy Efficiency Partnership of Greater Washington Goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 to 50% from existing buildings Advocates: Collaborative partnerships between businesses, banks, local governments and energy services companies How: $500 Million in financing; Repayment through energy savings Public/Private Partnerships
  • 17. Local Leadership Pursuing our New ‘Manifest Destiny’ The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - Local Governments for sustainability
  • 18. A Look at President-Elect Obama’s Platform…
    • On Energy Efficiency
          • Reduce Electricity Demand 15% by 2020
          • Net-Zero Energy Buildings by 2030
          • Overhaul Federal Appliance Standards
          • 45% Improvement in New Federal Building Energy Use by 2014
          • 25% Improvement in Existing Federal Building Energy Use by 2014
          • 15% Overall Reduction in Federal Energy Use by 2015
          • Flip Incentives for Utilities
          • Invest in a “Smart Grid”
          • Weatherize 1 Million Homes Annually
          • Invest and Incent “Livable Cities”
  • 19. An Invitation……..
    • Join the Alliance to Save Energy for “EE Global” the International Energy Efficiency Conference and Forum
    • When:
      • April 27 through 29, 2009
    • Where:
      • Palais de Congres – Paris, France
    • Why:
      • Only international gathering of the global energy efficiency industry and political leaders
      • Covers all energy end-use sectors and all issues: policy, technology, finance and market
      • Opportunity to share best practices and form partnerships and collaborations
  • 20. EE GLOBAL 2009
    • Designed by the World’s Energy Efficiency Leaders 2009
      • Featuring Exhibits from across the globe
      • Including academics, business leaders, government officials on the agenda
      • Offering unparallel networking, partnership and learning opportunities
      • Lena Ek, MEP, Sweden
    Chair Marc Bitzer, President, Whirlpool Europe Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President and CEO, Schneider Electric; Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency Claude Turmes, MEP, Luxembourg
      • Paolo Bertoldi
      • European Commission
  • 21. For Additional Information
    • Contact:
    • Kateri Callahan
    • President
    • Alliance to Save Energy
    • 1850 M Street, NW
    • Washington, D.C. 20036
    • Phone: 202.857.0666
    • E-mail: [email_address]