Buildings are some of the largest energy users in the world, accounting for over 30% of global final energy consumption (IPEEC, 2015). As urban populations across the world increase over the coming decades, this figure is set to rise. Implementing energy efficiency measures and deploying efficient technologies in the building sector can generate savings in buildings’ final energy use of up to 250 Mtoe by 2040 (IEA, 2015, p. 400). Benefits include lower electricity and fuel costs for businesses and households, lower emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and increased reliability in meeting energy demand without costly infrastructure and disruptions.
The Buildings Energy Efficiency Task Group (BEET) is a collaborative platform for countries to research, inform and support the development and implementation of effective building energy efficiency polices, with a core focus on building rating systems.
The BEET contributes to work under the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan.
The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) was launched in July 2010 to reduce global energy use in industry and commercial buildings by encouraging industrial facilities and commercial buildings to pursue continuous improvements in energy efficiency through the implementation of energy management systems, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 standard.