Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Green Buildings in Emerging Markets: Where are they likely to succeed?

In parts of the world with high energy tariffs, like the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Philippines, Green Buildings are a no-brainer because they pay their own way. Similarly, in countries where carbon emissions from electricity generation is high – South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia, India, China, and states in the Middle East and North Africa region – it’s easy to track fast results. Overall, countries with the highest energy costs are likely to have the biggest demand for energy efficiency in buildings.

Note: Why “electricity”?: The largest amount of energy used by buildings is in the form of electricity. Typically 20-40% of the electricity generated in a country is used by the buildings sector. The graph currently does not adequately reflect fossil fuel used for heating.