Buildings represent a third of the world's energy demand. In Brazil, energy consumption in buildings accounted for 15% of total energy consumption, 46% of electricity consumption and almost 90% of LPG consumption in 2019 (EPE, 2020). At the same time, future scenarios project an increase in the share of electricity consumption in buildings, with important impacts on the electricity system.
Improving the efficiency and sustainability of new and existing buildings is critical to ensuring that buildings meet people’s needs while contributing to clean energy transitions. These improvements can generate local jobs, improve the healthfulness of buildings, save on energy bills, and provide many more important benefits.
The good news is that there is increased activity towards efficient and sustainable buildings in Brazil, with the development of policies, projects and programmes at the national, state and municipal levels. For example, the Resources Application Plan of the National Energy Conservation Program (PAR PROCEL) has supported the development of several projects and initiatives, and learning networks for energy efficiency (RedEE) are helping to accelerate uptake of efficiency measures in participating buildings.
In this context, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and CAF -development bank of Latin America- have developed a comprehensive online course on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. This is a free online course that practically explores the main aspects of energy efficiency in four modules: introduction to energy efficiency in buildings; implementation of energy efficiency; measurement of energy efficiency; and facilitating investments.
In this webinar, speakers will provide insights into the importance of energy efficiency in buildings and progress in Brazil, inspiration from leading programmes driving energy efficiency in buildings, and an overview of the online course.