Published in 2014 by
  • IPEEC's Building Energy Efficiency Taskgroup
Available in:
  • English

Technology Roadmap : Energy Efficient Building Envelopes

Current trends in energy supply and use are patently unsustainable – economically, environmentally and socially. Without decisive action, energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) will more than double by 2050, and increased fossil energy demand will heighten concerns over the security of supplies. We can and must change our current path, but this will take an energy revolution and low-carbon energy technologies will have a crucial role to play. Energy efficiency, many types of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), nuclear power and new transport technologies will all require widespread deployment if we are to sharply reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Every major country and sector of the economy must be involved. The task is urgent if we are to make sure that investment decisions taken now do not saddle us with sub-optimal technologies in the long term.

Buildings represent the largest energy-consuming sector in the economy, with over one-third of all energy and half of global electricity consumed there. As a result, they are also responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon emissions. With improvements in economic development and living standards expected to increase as the planet's population grows by 2.5 billion by 2050, energy use in the buildings sector is also set to rise sharply, placing additional pressure on the energy system.

Transition to Sustainable Buildings detailed how to achieve deep energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy. This roadmap, together with the Policy Pathway: Modernising Building Energy Codes, lays out the key actions required to transform how buildings are constructed – which is essential, since they will remain in service for generations to come. It also articulates the actions to pursue the energy efficient refurbishment of the existing building stock, since the majority will still be in service beyond 2050.

Published in 2013 by
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
Available in:
  • English
Published in 2014 by
  • The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Available in:
  • English

UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange Climate Change and Lifestyles - Vietnamese Version

This publication is the Vietnamese adaptation and translation of the UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange guidebook on climate change and lifestyles - the first in a series of thematic guidebooks supporting the YouthXchange Initiative. The thematic guidebooks take into account challenges, opportunities, good practices and case studies on global challenges.

This guidebook explores the links between climate change and lifestyles and helps young people consider the actions they might take towards more sustainable lifestyles. Aimed at young people (15-24 year olds) and people working with young people such as educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders in both developed and developing countries, this guidebook provides scientific, political, economic, social, ethical and cultural perspectives on climate change. It explains complex issues in accessible language supported by facts, graphics images, case studies from Vietnam, and resources. The guidebook includes the following sections: learning as change, climate change and its impacts, living the good life, food and drink, energy control, travel and transport, leisure and entertainment, shopping for stuff, money and jobs, connecting with others and taking action.

The adaptation and translation has been undertaken by the Centre for Development of Community Initiative and Environment (C&E) in Vietnam, with permission from UNEP, the publisher of the original text in English. C&E takes sole responsibility for the accuracy of the adaptation and translation.

Published in 2014 by
  • Centre for Development of Community Initiative and Environment, and the United Nations Environment Programme
Available in:
  • Vietnamese