08 October 2010
The buildings sector has an important role to play in the BLUE Map scenario’s overall goal of a 50% reduction
in CO2 emissions by 2050. Energy efficiency options are available in the buildings sector that can reduce
energy consumption and CO2 emissions from lighting, appliances and heating and cooling equipment
rapidly and at often at low cost. The end-uses of space heating and cooling dominate energy consumption
in OECD buildings, while cooling will be a major source of energy demand growth in developing countries.
Heat pumps are a particularly important abatement option and are a key part of the solution for buildings in
the BLUE Map scenario.