The GBPN activities cover the four regions responsible for about 65% of the world’s GHG mitigation potential from energy savings in buildings: China, Europe, India and the United States. These regions also represent geographic zones and gather economic sectors that have the greatest potential for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the use of energy in buildings. Focusing on these regions represents the best opportunity to achieve the Deep Path of energy and carbon reductions and savings in buildings (What We Do).
While climate change is a global issue, we believe that solutions for reducing building energy use are fundamentally local. They must be relevant and adapted to each region’s social, economic and legislative context as well as climate zone. Evidently the challenges and issues related to the use of energy in buildings are significantly different. For instance, in Europe and in the U.S, the emphasis is put on existing buildings and deep retrofitting, whereas in China and in India, the focus is on new construction.
Our network identifies strategies and technical priorities adapted to each of these regions in order to achieve a 80% energy demand mitigation from buildings globally by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.
Therefore, our activities in China, in India, in Europe and in the U.S. aim to provide in each region tailored expertise, knowledge and analysis to decision-makers and key stakeholders, while also monitoring the evolution and impact of regional policy processes. Our Global Activities help anticipating the needed transformational changes and creating knowledge that supports each regional jurisdiction to move onto the Deep abatement Path and achieve the global abatement of over 2.1 Gt CO2 globally by 2050.