ClimateWorks’ Buildings and Industry Portfolio promotes clean and efficient energy in the buildings, industry, and consumer technology sectors. Portfolio strategies support public and corporate policies that benefit people and the planet.
To keep global average temperature increase to well below 2° C, emissions from the buildings sector have to drop to zero by 2050. Zero-carbon buildings (ZCBs) are energy efficient and produce or procure clean electricity to meet their energy needs. Focused in China, India, the European Union, and the United States, ClimateWorks’ ZCB strategy focuses on policies to advance codes, retrofits, market incentives, scaling models, leadership at the local level, and monitoring and enforcement.
One-fourth of global carbon emissions pass through the carbon loophole, which means they are not subject to national, state, or local emissions policies. Fortunately, governments and businesses are changing the way products are made by demanding low-carbon energy sources and climate-friendly processes in their supply chains. ClimateWorks, through its Supply Chain Energy Lab, supports Buy Clean and other efforts to reduce carbon emissions from global supply chains that extend from the factory floor to the end customer.
The industrial sector, which includes cement, steel, and chemicals production, generates about one-third of all climate pollution, and this output is projected to expand at double the rate of overall emissions. However, the sector needs to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century to meet international climate goals. To catalyze this deep decarbonization, ClimateWorks supports a portfolio that includes demand-side strategies, such as the application of circular economy principles and using public procurement to create demand for clean materials, as well as supply-side approaches to advance innovative industrial technologies and processes.