How do energy measurement and disclosure policies affect energy consumption?

Buildings are responsible for about 40% of primary energy consumption and one-third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. As part of energy efficiency efforts, governments increasingly require building owners to measure and disclose their energy use, but do these policies themselves affect energy consumption? In a new article for Energy, DUSP’s Dr. Ting Meng and Professor David Hsu and the University of Calgary's Dr. Albert Han applied a rigorous causal analysis method to find that buildings in New York City reduced energy consumption by 12-14% over the first four years after this policy was implemented. To learn more about their analysis of the benchmarking ordinance, read the full article here.

Image credit: Todd Heisler, New York Times.