This analytical report provides an overview of current knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector. The report states that the building sector presents the largest single opportunity for improved energy efficiency. It is estimated that at present buildings contribute as much as one third of total greenhouse gas emissions, primarily through the use of fossil fuels during their operational phase. Furthermore, evidence based recommendations are given to encourage action and commitment to energy efficient buildings, which are of interest to all parties involved in pursuing climate neutrality.

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Organization: UNEP, Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative

Topics: Energy, Industry, Urban, Mitigation, Policy Instruments

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2009

Language: English