It is heartening to find that the Asia Business Council has focused on the energy efficiency of buildings in Asia. This report is extremely valuable, particularly since the Asian region is experiencing a building boom, and correct designs and building practices at this stage can ensure energy efficiency and limitations on emissions of greenhouse gases for decades to come.
– Rajendra K. Pachauri, PhD, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Asia has an enormous, largely untapped, opportunity to save money and cut growth in greenhouse gas emissions by taking measures to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Energy efficiency is one of the quickest, cheapest, cleanest ways to address energy and environmental challenges. In China, gaining a megawatt of electricity by building more generating capacity costs four to six times as much as saving a megawatt through greater efficiency–and that ignores the environmental costs of using fossil fuels. Yet China currently is building the equivalent of two 500-megawatt power plants every week. More than half of the world’s new construction is taking place in China and India alone. Buildings account for around 30 percent of the world’s total energy consumption and a similar percentage of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The way buildings are designed and constructed today not only will have an impact on their operating costs, but will affect the world’s energy consumption patterns and environmental conditions for many years to come.
Building Energy Efficiency was originally published in 2007.
REVIEWS OF “building energy efficiency”
The study concentrates on market-based solutions to an important aspect of the energy and environmental challenges the region faces. Buildings account for nearly one-third of energy use and a similar proportion of total global greenhouse gas emissions. More than half of the world’s new construction is taking place in Asia. Studies estimate that China and India could cut current building energy consumption by 25 percent simply by using energy more efficiently. Similar savings are available for many other Asian countries.
– Narayana Murthy, Chairman & Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies, India
Sustainable development is not just the preserve of governments, NGOs, policy makers or greenies. Everyone has a part to play: businesses, consumers, teachers, parents, children and every conceivable institution and organization. This Asia Business Council publication is both timely and a good start made by Asian businesses.
– Lim Chee Onn, Executive Chairman, Keppel Corporation, Ltd., Singapore
As Asia experiences continuing economic and population growth, we must put greater emphasis on more efficient energy use. The Asia Business Council’s far-reaching report on better resource utilization should be of wide interest to readers throughout the region.
– Lee Woong-Yeul, Chairman, Kolon Group, South Korea