Sustainability, including energy efficiency, in the real estate sector, is improving by the year. However, the pace of change is not fast enough to offset the growing energy demand. COVID-19 has reduced global carbon dioxide emissions and the negative impact of real estate on the natural environment. Joanna Sinkiewicz, Head of Industrial CEE at Cushman & Wakefield, talks about what we should do to maintain this trend. Factors that have contributed to this rise include growing energy demand for heating and cooling with rising air-conditioner ownership due to extreme weather conditions. However, the potential for flattening the emissions curve and for reducing emissions remains untapped, the key issue being a lack of effective energy-efficiency policies with insufficient sustainable investments. According to “Tracking Buildings 2020”, a report from the International Energy Agency, carbon dioxide emissions from commercial buildings reached 10 Gt in 2019, which was the highest level ever recorded and represented a notable increase after flattening between 2013 and 2016….
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