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The Built Environment at COP28: Outcomes We’d Like to See

December 6th is “Multilevel Action, Urbanization and Built Environment/Transport” Day at COP28.

As the built environment is responsible for 27% of energy-related CO2 emissions, 34% of final energy use, and a large share of extracted materials, the outcomes of this day of discussions are critical for climate impact.  

In our daily conversations with utilities, governments, and retrofit stakeholders, it’s evident that not all home energy efficiency programs are hitting the driving impactful retrofit actions. COP28 provides a tremendous opportunity to refocus global investments in this critical sector so we can tackle climate change and continue to stimulate growth and activity in this area of the economy.  

The discussions at COP28 will take some time to yield practical policies and programs, but let’s look ahead at the outcomes that will drive the most impactful change for the built environment. Here are five outcomes we would like to see from discussions at COP28: 

  • Leverage Lessons Learned from Energy Efficiency Programs Around the World 
  • Focus On Deep Energy Retrofits with Higher Program Funding Limits 
  • Better Homeowner Education on Project Payback and Longterm Savings  
  • An Understanding of the Role of Data for Collaboration 
  • Enabling Private Capital for Sustainable High Growth Programs

Leverage Lessons Learned from Energy Efficiency Programs Around the World  

2023 has yielded significant lessons from home efficiency programs globally, notably the Canada Greener Homes Grant. In short, the good news is that demand for the program was so great that the program prematurely ran out of money. The bad news is that the retrofits could have been more impactful. When reading commentary on the program, it’s clear that NRCan knows there are lessons to be learned from programs that have successfully driven more impactful deep energy retrofits.  

We hope that in these COP28 discussions and commitments, leaders reference the successes and failures of specific programs worldwide.  

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Winston Morton

Winston Morton

Winston has 25 years experience as a leader in the telecommunications and utility industries. His in-depth knowledge of energy analysis and large-scale web-based platform deployments informs Climative's strategy in his role as CEO.


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