GHG Emissions - May 27, 2021
DOE Releases Energy-Reduction Initiative For US Buildings
Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced a new initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of the country’s buildings by improving the energy services available to home and building owners.
It is estimated that residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of the nation’s energy use and waste more than $100 billion annually through energy inefficiency. The new actions from the government will include investments of up to $30 million to expand support for unions, trade associations, and educational institutions that offer energy efficiency training.
The program will also increase investment in the research and development of more efficient heating and cooling systems and work with commercial, industrial and multifamily organizations to set commitments for lowering building emissions. A roadmap will be created to outline how energy efficiency and demand flexibility of U.S. buildings can be tripled in the next decade, worth $100 to $200 billion in energy cost savings, through better technology and practices.
“America’s path to a net-zero carbon economy runs straight through our buildings, which means we need to help households and commercial buildings across the nation reduce their emissions and convert to cheaper, cleaner energy,” Sec. Granholm said in a statement. “These new DOE investments and initiatives will help unlock new innovation for cleaner buildings, while preparing a strong, skilled, diverse American workforce to seize good-paying job opportunities right here at home.”