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Day 3 at the Paris COP21 Meetings

Wednesday, The Business Council for Sustainable Energy delivered the second half of the session: Transforming in the Energy Sector.

The event focused on the conversion process of turning Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) into real action to reduce emissions and the policies that will enable countries to do so. The beginning Policy Panel was opened up by Laurence Blandford, Director of International Policy Analysis, Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) from various countries were presented by various countries related to GHG targeted reductions.

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, of which Kingspan has Board representation, led a discussion on technology solutions. One specific area was regarding polices that are drivers for Energy Efficiency and related GHG reductions.

US policy influences related to buildings included:

  • Building Codes
  • Commercial building Benchmarking
  • Energy Efficiency Tax Deductions
  • Energy Efficiency goals (such as those on Federal buildings)
  • Innovative financing mechanisms
  • Utility Energy Efficiency Incentives
  • The EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce GHGs at State utilities
  • Voluntary Green Building Certifications
  • Green Power Purchasing schemes
  • Net Zero Energy goals
  • Government role in promoting efficiencies of scale

Kingspan’s engagement with the US Green Building Council LEED Certification, The International Living Future Institute, LEED, GreenGlobes, IGCC – International Green Construction Code, BREAAM and ASHRAE 90.1 keep a fair and balanced perspective to high performance whole building solutions.

A representative from China wanted opinions how a global internet could assist in in grid energy efficiencies. Balancing of energy generation, storage, and consumption can be realized most efficiently as near to the physical location of generation/storage/consumption as possible. The efficiency and viability of innovative energy management applications, or the “core of the smart grid,” depends on the ability to capture fine grained, real-time, energy-related sensor data, such as power consumption/power generation meter values, and control commands (e.g., direct load control commands for devices which support control functions).

Industrial and Commercial buildings can reduce demand side energy and related GHGs with high performance envelope first energy efficiency strategies along with optimized energy conservations measures (lighting, HVAC, smart metering), and renewable energy for a Net Zero Energy solution.

Posted on 12/3/2015 3:16:21 PM

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