Increased Regulation of Energy Efficiency Policies, Codes, and Benchmarking Is Necessary for Successful Policy Reform

The European Union’s stringent energy efficiency regulations are influencing policies in other regions

A new report from Navigant Research examines global energy efficiency policies by region, with samples and assessments of current policies, for a select number of states and countries.

During the past five years, the number of energy efficiency polices around the world has continued to increase. While policies vary by region and country, and with more developed nations taking more stringent approaches, a lack of enforcement remains a significant barrier to implementation in many places. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, increased regulation of policies, codes, and benchmarking must be enforced for successful policy reform.

“Globally, governments and regulatory agencies have increased their focus on commercial buildings, which are large consumers of the world’s energy,” says Krystal Maxwell, research associate with Navigant Research. “Europe is a leader among world regions in energy efficiency policy, with the most rigorous building codes, performance standards, labeling, and benchmarking, as well as some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.”

In particular, the European Union’s energy efficiency regulations require member states to create and enforce their own internal policies, which has forced member states to proactively address energy efficiency in buildings and create their own policies. Globally, according to the report, other drivers for increased policy creation include events like the Paris Climate Summit and independent organizations working to create labeling and benchmark requirements.

The report, Global Energy Efficiency Policy Analysis, analyzes global energy efficiency policies by region. Samples of current policies are provided and assessed for a select number of states and countries. The study encompasses various aspects of policies, including policy level, with a focus on labeling and benchmarking, energy building codes, performance standards, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. This report also provides state and country classifications based on those focus areas for certain states and countries. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

Contact: Lindsay Lorenz


* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Global Energy Efficiency Policy Analysis, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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