The Next Energy Frontier: Cutting Fossil Fuel Use in Buildings
by Carolyn Fortuna
To cut emissions by 80% economy-wide and offset the challenges of reductions from industry and transportation, we must significantly reduce fossil fuel use in buildings in order to slash building emissions around 95 percent, argues Pierre Delforge, director of the high-tech sector energy efficiency, energy, and transportation program at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
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. Read More…