Online knowledge platform on energy efficiency

Saving and using energy more efficiently is one of the key factors in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the climate. Boosting energy efficiency in buildings alone could reduce up to 38 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The necessary technologies and political strategies to implement these already exist, but accessing the information can often be difficult. For this reason, an International Climate Initiative (ICI) project has taken on the task of compiling information on energy efficiency in buildings and making it available in a user-friendly format to political and economic decision-makers around the world. This internet portal (www.bigee.net, external) was presented to the public during the climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

The internet platform provides information on energy-saving options and their advantages, as well as how they can be supported politically. Practical examples and recommendations for action demonstrate exactly how they can be implemented. The information available online is continuously being expanded. For example, local network partners of the project will create individual pages on the internet platform for the emerging economies China, South Africa, India and Mexico. These pages will provide an analysis of the country-specific potentials and stakeholder structures, economic net benefits and existing political instruments.

The bigEE initiative is a collective of several research institutions for technology and policy advice as well as public energy and climate institutions. It is coordinated by the Wuppertal Institute.