Green Switch for cities



    Cities use around 78% of the world’s energy
    “Urban Climate Action The urban content of the NDCs: Global review.” Bernhard Barth, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2022
    Lighting accounts for around 17% of energy usage in schools
    “Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) - Major fuel consumption (Btu) by end use.” EIA – U.S. Energy Information Administration, Revised 2019
    and 16% of hospitals’ energy costs
    The Role of Exergy in Energy and the Environment. “LED Lighting for Healthcare Facilities.” Canan Perdahci, Springer 2018
    can use up to 40% of a municipality’s electricity budget
    “Public lighting toolbox for municipal energy efficiency implementation.” UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre - Energy Efficiency, 2024

    Energy Efficiency Directive seeks to make all new public building zero-emission by 2027
    Legally binding annual energy consumption reduction target of 1.9% for the entire public sector. Directive (EU) 2023/1791 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 September 2023 on energy efficiency and amending regulation (EU) 2023/955 (recast).
    the 179D tax deduction of $5.00 per square foot
    “179D Commercial Buildings Energy-Efficiency Tax Deduction.” Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 2022
    the EU Green Deal
    “The European Green Deal - Striving to be the first climate-neutral continent.” European Commission, December 2019
    the US Inflation Reduction Act
    “Updated fact sheet: Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.” The White House, August 2021
    the New China Infrastructure Plan
    “The New China Infrastructure Plan: Opportunities for Foreign Investors.” Drew Donnelly, PhD. Horizons, November 2020

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