The case for energy efficiency in buildings
Of the range of actions that can be taken to reduce the building sector’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions, reducing energy demand in buildings is the most cost-effective strategy.
In fact, buildings have a 70 percent more cost-efficient abatement potential than any other sector.
Beyond the positive environmental impacts, energy efficiency has many other benefits. It is recognised as one of the most effective long-term measures for reducing "energy poverty".
The EU’s Energy and Climate Commissioner estimates that just a one percent improvement in energy efficiency could lift seven million people out of energy poverty.