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Pathways to Building Sector Decarbonization: A Focus on Net-Zero Carbon Buildings

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A report released by the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland offers near-term policy opportunities to achieve long-term net-zero carbon and energy across the building sector. The report, Pathways to Building Sector Decarbonization: A Focus on Net-Zero Carbon Buildings, examines best practices in achieving decarbonization toward eventual net-zero emissions in buildings, which already account for 40% of global carbon emissions. Based on a broad analysis and a focus on existing successes in the State of California and City of Boston, the authors propose a set of key strategies to enhance ongoing action while introducing new and ambitious policy solutions to achieve net-zero in buildings. 

Read a breakdown of the key policy opportunities in the factsheet

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