US Better Buildings Initiative helped save $13.5bn in energy costs in 2020

It also saved more than 130m metric tons of carbon emissions – equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2m vehicles in a single year

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) initiative to help improve the efficiency of buildings has helped save around $13.5 billion (£9.5bn) in energy costs in the last year.

The Better Buildings Initiative, in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government and other partners, also helped save more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions – equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2 million vehicles in a single year.

Since 2011, the programme has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants in the US more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing best practices.

It represents more than 30 of the country’s Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 US employers, 12% of the US manufacturing energy footprint and 13% of total commercial building space as well as 17 federal agencies, eight national laboratories and more than 80 states and local governments.

The building efficiency improvements are key towards reaching President Biden’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said: “Through Better Buildings, leading organisations across the US are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently.

“In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs and build healthy, safe and thriving communities.”

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