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International Energy Agency Releases Report Analyzing Potential for Technology to Achieve Energy Efficiency Savings in Buildings (May 16, 2011)

posted May 23, 2011, 1:26 PM by James Hodina
The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report, Transportation Roadmap – Energy-Efficient Buildings: Heating and Cooling Equipment, in which it 
analyzes the potential for technology to improve the energy efficiency of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.  According to IEA, solar thermal, 
heat pumps, thermal energy storage and combined heat and power for buildings have the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 2 gigatonnes by 
2050 – around a quarter of today’s emissions from buildings – and save 710 million tonnes oil equivalent of energy by 2050.  Much of these savings could be 
achieved quickly, because the technologies are currently available and because heating and cooling equipment is typically replaced in seven to 30 years.  IEA also 
recommends policy actions to remove market barriers to widespread penetration of these technologies.  [For further information: http://www.iea.org/papers/2011/buildings_roadmap.pdf
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