Buildings & Industry

Advancing solutions to decarbonize buildings and industry
In addition to the demand for electricity, which accounts for 40 percent of human-related greenhouse gas emissions, the buildings, industrial, and consumer appliances and technology sectors account for approximately another 20 percent of emissions through direct combustion of fossil fuels. Climate pollution from these sectors is projected to increase, but with the right policies, incentives, and technologies, increased energy efficiency can reduce pollution, protect people and the climate, and strengthen economies.

The Buildings & Industry Portfolio 

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.

Zero-Carbon Buildings

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.  

Supply Chain Energy Lab

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.

Industrial Deep Decarbonization

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.

2018 Grantmaking

Portfolio Team

Rebecca Dell

Rebecca Dell

Industry Strategist


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