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    Zero-carbon buildings are largely energy self-sufficient — with zero net energy consumption or carbon emissions.

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    Energy productivity and clean power breakthroughs are allowing industries to meet growing demand — producing more while using less.

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    Super-efficient technologies save money, increase the reliability of energy systems, and enable access to energy and vital services like cooling, heating, and lighting.

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWorks Priority Regions

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWorks Priority Regions

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / Breakdown by ClimateWorks Priority Regions


Roughly one quarter of the global emissions reductions required to limit warming to 2°C are from the buildings and industrial sectors. (McKinsey & Company)

$3.2 trillion

By 2030, low-carbon growth in the industrial and buildings sectors would yield more than $3.2 trillion in public health-related savings.

16 million

By 2030, climate action in the buildings and industrial sectors would increase crop yields, helping feed 16 million more people.

These key data points are from Climate-Smart Development: Adding Up the Benefits of Actions that Help Build Prosperity, End Poverty and Combat Climate Change, developed in 2014 by ClimateWorks and the World Bank. Building on research to quantify the benefits of climate action and highlight scalable solutions, the report provides a framework to better understand the climate risks and benefits in different pathways to sustainable development. Its findings clearly demonstrate that climate action can both be a boon for economic activity, and deliver significant benefits to the climate.

The Buildings & Industry Portfolio

ClimateWorks Foundation’s Buildings & Industry portfolio promotes clean and efficient energy in the buildings, industry, and technology sectors. With a range of strategies to advance public policy, engage the private sector, and inform consumers about the benefits of saving energy and ‘buying clean’, the portfolio supports a future with zero-carbon buildings and breakthroughs in energy productivity and clean power, including sustainable supply chains and the circular economy.

Zero-Carbon Buildings

Buildings are major sources of energy end use, responsible for roughly a third of global energy consumption as well as a third of global human-induced CO2 emissions. The buildings sector must be transformed in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. In the next two decades, 60 percent of the world’s current building stock will be built and rebuilt. An integrated approach that links buildings, clean power systems, mobility solutions, and healthy living environments is needed, primarily but not exclusively in urban areas, particularly cities.

ClimateWorks and its partners advance strategies to support zero-carbon buildings, with a focus on building energy data and disclosure; industry leadership; codes and targets; scaling finance; certification; and through communications and coalitions.

Supply Chain Energy Lab

Industrial energy efficiency and use of clean power hold vast potential for global carbon abatement. Emissions from most major corporations are concentrated in their supply chains: for consumer goods, technology, and other manufacturing companies, 40 to 60 percent of a company’s carbon footprint comes from the supply chain in manufacturing processes. For retailers, the supply chain can reach 80 percent of a company’s carbon footprint. In practice, this typically means that businesses and consumers in the so-called ‘developed’ world, such as the US and the EU, are outsourcing their emissions to so-called ‘developing countries’ like China and India. Even as multinational corporations improve efficiency and shift to clean power for their direct operations, they often neglect to take responsibility for emissions in their supply chains, where there are many energy opportunities that suppliers struggle to pursue on their own.

To address the global nature and scale of the problem — 25 percent of emissions are the result of production of goods in one country for consumption in another — ClimateWorks and its partners pursue opportunities to engage corporations, consumers, and governments in driving emissions reductions upstream to suppliers. In particular, our work supports the embedding of supply chain emissions reductions in procurement and corporate reporting, and support for corporate leadership and consumer and investor engagement to address global supply chain emissions.

Increasing Energy Productivity

To address climate change it is essential to get smarter about the energy used to produce goods and services. This requires greater efficiency, but also system level changes in the amount of energy used, for example by reusing materials and energy, dematerializing, and scaling up the sharing economy. The economic benefits of improved energy productivity are significant. In the US alone, doubling energy productivity by 2030 would lead to $327 billion in annual savings in energy costs and create 1.3 million jobs.[1]http://www.ase.org/news/diverse-commission-unveils-plan-double-us-energy-productivity

ClimateWorks and its partners support corporate leadership to double energy productivity, efforts to scale up energy management systems, and work to promote the benefits of the circular economy.

Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) is a philanthropic program to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol. Under the amendment, 197 countries committed to cut the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning — by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This effort has the potential to avoid up to 0.5° C of global warming by the end of the century. K-CEP focuses on the energy efficiency of cooling to increase and accelerate the climate and development benefits of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.

ClimateWorks Foundation is the home of the K-CEP Efficiency Cooling Office –  the program office for K-CEP, providing grant-making, reporting, program management, and other services to help K-CEP funders maximize the climate and development benefits of their commitments.

Buildings & Industry Program Team

The Buildings & Industry Portfolio is coordinated by ClimateWorks staff with expertise in public policy, natural sciences, research, politics, economics and philanthropy, and in collaboration with ClimateWorks' funding and regional partners.

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Dan Hamza-Goodacre

Program Director, Energy Efficiency

Dan Hamza-Goodacre directs the Buildings and Industry portfolios at ClimateWorks Foundation, and is Director of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Fund. Dan has over 20 years of experience working on climate change and sustainable development in the public and private sectors. His work spans all major continents. Previously Dan worked for PwC, where he was the Deputy CEO of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a global program funded by the UK and Dutch governments that helps developing countries respond to climate change. Before that, Dan held various posts at Defra, (the U.K. Environment and Agriculture Ministry), including: Head of the Secretary of State’s office; co-founder of the UK’s Adapting to Climate Change Program; Adaptation Policy Lead on the UK Climate Change Act and Sustainable Agriculture Advisor. Dan also worked for the UK Foreign Office as a Climate Attaché. He is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences and events and has written widely on climate and development. Dan has an MSc in International Development from Bristol University, where he also was a lecturer and researcher in global environmental politics. In his early career Dan lived and worked in the rainforests of Latin America. He volunteers regularly in schools in support of their ‘green’ teams.

Helen Picot

Program Associate

Helen Picot is the Program Associate on the Buildings and Industry program. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Helen spent three years working in PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change consultancy in London. There she worked on a range of climate and international development projects, including the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a DFID and Dutch-funded global program that supports developing countries in the climate negotiations. Helen holds a BA and MSci in Natural Sciences (Geology) from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Prodipto Roy

ClimateWorks Foundation

Prodipto Roy is the Senior Program Associate of the Energy Efficiency program. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Prodipto worked at the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles where he focused on a variety of projects including supporting the Port of Los Angeles & Long Beach move towards a zero-emissions future and stimulating the water infrastructure sector in Southern California to modernize and create jobs. Prodipto holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.