The GBPN assists governments and industry policy makers to identify, adapt and implement policy best practices for low-energy, affordable and healthy buildings, contributing to low carbon and resilient cities.
Our mission is to provide intelligence to optimize building energy policies and accelerate net zero energy or positive energy for new buildings, deep renovation for existing buildings, and integrated renewables.
We focus on the economies with the largest potential for energy savings from buildings.
Through our network (Our Network), we are active in China, Europe, India, South East Asia and the US.
The GBPN targets a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, cities and local authorities, multilateral organisations, industry and NGOs.
Our activities include capacity building for implementation, policy analysis and validation, and sharing of knowledge, data and best practices between regions.
Why Buildings Hold the Key to a Sustainable Future?
Successful policy solutions exist today and our research shows that their effective implementation in buildings could achieve an 30% reduction of energy demand by 2050 compared to today’s levels, more than in any other energy-consuming sector.
Time to Act
Buildings account for 30% of total final energy demand and energy-related CO2 emissions globally. Since the building energy performance in not yet mainstream, there is a significant risk of locking in inefficiency and lost opportunities for carbon reductions from buildings for decades.
Win-Win Strategy for Cities
The energy performance of buildings can deliver energy and economic savings and carbon emission reductions resulting in multiple benefits such as job creation, economic stimulus, affordable and sustainable energy services, improved public health and thermal comfort. It can provide cities with adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change.
Urgency to Act in Asia
Governments and developers in cities across Asia face a stark challenge - how to provide affordable, sustainable energy services and meet accelerating demands for new buildings, while reducing overall impact on climate? In China, for instance, the levels of energy consumption from buildings could lead to an increase of more than a half of today’s levels by 2030, while in India energy demand from buildings could increase by four times.