The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in joined with former U.S. President Bill Clinton in an initiative to reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiency in the world’s largest cities. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is a Clinton Foundation program dedicated to making a difference in the fight against climate change in practical and measurable ways.
The initiative was launched Tuesday at a news conference in Los Angeles, where Clinton was joined by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. British Prime Minister Tony Blair also attended to demonstrate support for the initiative. ASHRAE President Terry Townsend, P.E., also was present.
"We are pleased to partner with the Clinton Foundation and others to accelerate the adoption of energy-saving technologies by city planners,” Townsend said.
ASHRAE energy standards have set a standard of care for the efficient use of energy resources in buildings for 30 years. ASHRAE’s Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, developed in response to the energy crisis in the 1970s, has influenced building designs worldwide and ASHRAE says It has become the basis for building codes and a standard for building design and construction recognized worldwide.
The agreement signed by ASHRAE and the Foundation states:
Recognizing the impact of buildings on global energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, ASHRAE will work with city planners to support development of codes, standards, energy use metrics, and other programs that lower environmental impacts. ASHRAE’s assistance will facilitate the transfer of existing tools and technology, and support solutions to common energy and greenhouse gas emission challenges facing large city group leaders.
Urban areas are responsible for more than 75 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Therefore, reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in cities is fundamental to any effort to slow the pace of global warming.
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