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specialists to verify energy efforts

April 2007

Construction and energy companies have formed a specialist international assurance group as part of their efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

Members of the year-old Energy Efficiency in Buildings project, who include Cemex, DuPont, EDF, Gaz de France, Kansai Electric Power Company, Lafarge, Philips, and United Technologies Corp, say the group is needed to validate their research findings, which are expected within two years.

The six-person group, to be chaired by Klaus Topfer, a former German environment minister, consists of experts from business, government and academia. These include Eileen Claussen, president of the US-based Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and Thomas Johansson, director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics in Sweden.

The project, started in March 2006, aims to ‘focus the global building industry on designing, financing, building and operating commercial and residential structures that are completely energy self-sufficient’. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which is providing administrative support, estimates that buildings account for a third of energy consumed worldwide.

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