If this is possible for lighting, there is so much that can be done in other sectors. Increasing the renovation rate of our infrastructure to 3% per year creates vital opportunities to adopt energy-efficient technologies within our built environment. Beyond lighting, it introduces opportunities to improve the efficiency of HVAC and introduce building management systems that help our cities do more with fewer natural resources. If we double our efforts in energy efficiency, everything we do to accelerate renewables counts twice as much. We decarbonize the economy twice as fast, and twice as cheaply.
All this work can be done now. While regulation continues at its typical slow pace, we all understand the direction and what needs to be done. The fields of play for implementation are subnational, in cities and in businesses. So, it’s up to these smaller, more agile units to get ahead of multilateral decisions and move now, for the health of our planet but also for the health of our bottom line, our industries, and the people who depend on them. As businesses, we can choose how we decarbonize our operations and future proof the products and services we offer our customers. In cities, we can target investments in sustainable development that create opportunities, jobs, and better living conditions. The work of Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation’s Solutions Guide for Cities reveals the vast array of solutions that are already out there – each with the potential to elevate cities to clean, efficient spaces that work for their citizens.
It is this change of focus – from cost to benefit, from problem to solution, that will define how successfully we close the implementation gap and manage the climate emergency. Successful implementation rests on our curiosity, our openness, and our commitment to progress. The faster we do this work, the easier it will be for us to keep the hope of a 1.5C scenario, and a livable planet, alive for future generations.
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