There is a huge scope of improvement for energy efficiency programs in cities, in spite of some major obstacles to certain energy saving strategies. A collective effort is required between the government, industries, and civilians, with technology acting as the medium to connect these three major entities of any city. It is very critical to overcome all the energy efficiency barriers, as we foresee 70% of the global population to live in cities by 2050.
Residential, commercial, and industrial buildings account for 53% of global energy consumption. Energy consumption is a cost, and efficient utilization of resources reduce some cost that the city and its residents need not pay. In short, cities need to adapt in order to serve their critical role in mitigating climate change.
It is important for a city to implement these five approaches to overcome the energy efficiency barriers:
Introduce educational programs to develop the skills that may facilitate implementation of sophisticated energy conservation designs and enhance engagement across civil, industrial and governing bodies.
City’s Energy Department can set mandatory energy-reduction goals for city-administered buildings and voluntary benchmarks that apply to residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Setup tracking tools to measure the energy performance of buildings. This measured data will help the owners, managers, and building occupants to assess and make smarter use of the available energy.
Grant rebates, loans, and tax incentives based on efficiency in energy consumption. Funding mechanisms for the energy saved will be effective way of nurturing energy efficiency initiatives.
Energy Department can widen their access to energy usage data through alliances with local utilities. The information can help city planners make smarter decisions about energy efficiency goals.
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