Energy Efficiency Innovation in the Built Environment

December 15th 2017

Residential, commercial and industrial buildings account for 30-40% of global energy consumption and 25-35% of total CO2 emissions. Despite evidence that saving a unit of energy is on average five times cheaper than buying it, investment in energy efficiency improvements in buildings remains low.

Innovation Labs are the second phase of The Climate Group’s Energy Transition Platform, a project which connects 11 highly industrialised, carbon-intensive states and regions seeking to transition to a clean energy future, particularly concerning the built environment.

The Energy Transition Platform enables the participant state governments to share experiences and successful initiatives and helps them overcome barriers and adopt innovative clean energy policies. Innovation Labs accelerate this work by facilitating workshops, group calls and best practice case studies. The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment is the knowledge partner for the Innovation Labs, providing research tailored to each government.


A policy briefing outlines some of the key learnings from the Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab, as well as recommendations for state and regional governments seeking to enhance energy efficiency in the built environment as part of their clean energy transitions. Click here to download the briefing.

Government partners of the Energy Efficiency Innovation Lab are Alberta (Canada), the Basque Country (Spain), California (US), Lombardy (Italy), North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Silesia (Poland) and Wales (UK).

Source: The Climate Group.

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