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Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law

Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law

Research Handbooks in Environmental Law series

Edited by Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe and Leonie Reins

Governments around the world have been trying to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for decades. This detailed Handbook considers the spectrum of legal and market-based instruments as well as strategies and policies adopted around the world and suggests more effective, comprehensive and responsive ways of managing climate change mitigation.

Chapter 9: Energy efficiency of buildings in the United States

Albert Monroe

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental law, law - academic, energy law, environmental law


According to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Electric Power Annual, US residential and commercial buildings account for about 41 percent of all energy consumption and 73 percent of electricity usage. Most of this energy comes from burning fossil fuels and therefore contributes to climate change. Therefore, increasing energy efficiency from buildings is crucial to mitigating climate change.

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