The next energy frontier: Cutting fossil fuel use in buildings


“While the amount of pollution from burning fuel in homes and commercial buildings is a relatively small part of total emissions today — just 11% of U.S. energy-related emissions — it is a roadblock to reaching our 2050 climate targets, according to long-term climate mitigation analyses.

Collaborative global initiatives can help individual countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to levels consistent with limiting the anthropogenic increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C). Such limits will require that global net GHG emissions approach zero by the second half of the 21st century. It will only be achieved through steep reductions in energy-related CO2 emissions through a transformation of energy systems, a transition referred to “deep decarbonization.” ”

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