City leaders worldwide are increasingly prioritizing energy efficiency, given the growing global demand for energy and the pressing need for climate adaptation. In Mexico City, residential and commercial buildings account for more than 20 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, making building efficiency a vital component of the city’s sustainable development strategy. Leading by example, the local government is assessing options to retrofit its public buildings to decrease energy use.
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Rising demand for energy worldwide is making the need for affordable, sustainable energy sources increasingly urgent. According to the International Energy Agency, energy consumption in cities worldwide will grow 73 percent by 2030, causing a 76 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions. Globally, buildings account for 40 percent of energy demand and contribute about one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions.