Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article Type: Editorial From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 26, Issue 1.
Welcome to a further issue of MEQ!
As readers are aware, matters related to renewable energy and energy efficiency are occupying a central role on the international debate related to energy security. As fossil fuel reserves become more and more depleted, there is a perceived need to explore alternatives energy sources, and fund ways to use the energy currently available, more efficiency.
Therefore, on this editorial, I would like to introduce a new open source interactive tool for identifying the best possible policy scenarios for saving energy in the building sector, worldwide. The new tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS), developed by the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN), enables anyone interested in energy efficiency in buildings to access data and projections and find out where we could be in terms of energy use by 2050 under three different scenarios (deep, moderate and frozen), depending on the ambitiousness of policy decisions and technology choices.
The tool is based on nearly a decade of development by the Central European University, the Global Energy Assessment and the IPCC. It is hoped that the tool will help support ambitious policy action toward the deep scenario, which is the only scenario in which energy demand from buildings is reduced over time.
Details on the tool can be seen at: www.gbpn.org/databases-tools/mrv-tool/about
Enjoy your reading!
Walter Leal Filho