CO2 reduction, keeping a natural cool
Concern for the environment and for the ever more pressing signs of climate change means that the carbon emissions must be reduced drastically. ES-SO’s ESCORP-EU25 study demonstrated that the then-25 EU countries could contribute a massive reduction of carbon emissions, if blinds and shutters were used on only half of all the buildings, through a substantial reduction of the demand for cooling and, yes, also through a heating energy demand reduction. Because smart shading can help bring in free solar heat in winter when it’s welcome. That helps reduce the use of fossil fuels, the source of most of the CO2 emissions.
Full implementation of existing and planned energy-efficiency measures could create or retain up to 2 million jobs and generate financial savings of up to 1000 euro per household.