According to the United Nations' recent report on climate change, the construction industry has a key role in reducing global carbon emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that "Energy efficiency options for new and existing buildings could considerably reduce carbon emissions with net economic benefit ... By 2030, about 30% of the projected greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector can be avoided with net economic benefit." The ICPC wants the public sector to take the lead. Government purchasing could make demands for energy efficient products and technology.

See 'Building' 11 May 2007, p13. 


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