In order to make sure that the right policies & regulations are in place to ensure this growth is sustainable and contributes towards a green economy, UNDP recently launched a Policy Brief
on energy efficiency in buildings for accelerating low-carbon development in Cambodia – it includes few in-country case studies.
Major drivers for an increase in final energy consumption is because of increased new building constructions, inefficient energy utilization in existing buildings, and a continuously increasing stock of household electrical appliances. Therefore, energy efficiency standards and regulations are needed to manage this growing energy demand in buildings and avoid "locking in" of inefficient building assets for years to come. This policy brief offers few solutions to save up to 25 percent of the sector's energy demand in 2035. Three key actions are as follows for Cambodia.
- Integrate minimum building energy-efficiency requirements in the building technical regulations that is currently being formulated.
- Implement building energy reporting systems to collect energy consumption data, which can be used to improve the regulations and design energy efficiency programs. Set energy reduction targets for large buildings will also lower electricity bills and reduce operational costs.
- Effective enforcement of building energy regulations through independent assessors for compliance check and create a roster of professionals outside the public sector.
Engaging and mobilising private sector investment is the most important, in reaching the targets of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of Cambodia.