Why commercial buildings matter to the global climate change conversation

2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference is days away, beginning November 30th. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

The economics of global warming are staggering. According to ClimateWorks, between now and 2030, energy efficiency can reduce the global cost of limiting warming to 2° C by up to $2.8 trillion compared to a more energy intensive pathway.

Triggered by this global gathering, those working in the energy efficiency space -- myself included -- should ask if we are doing all that we can to positively impact this issue.

At my company, Building Energy, I am frequently asked “What role can I play” in my organization or company to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although everyday responsibilities play a big role in determining scale of impact, my response is consistent: You can make a difference. But impact depends on vision and desire to be the change.

First, some facts.

Commercial buildings and industrial facilities generate 45% of all greenhouse gas emissions, yet 30 percent of the energy they consume is wasted. If energy efficiency of commercial buildings and industrial facilities improved by 10%, the collected savings would be $40 billion. Expressed in everyday terms, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions prevented would be equal to emissions from 49 million vehicles.

At Building Energy, we focus on this challenge everyday. Whether you are a corporate sustainability expert, an energy procurement professional, or a facility operations manager, Building Energy can help you reduce energy costs by getting efficiency projects up and running 5x faster.

If you are interested in learning more, Building Energy is hosting an educational webinar Thursday, December 3rd at 10:00 AM PST