In 2011, the country will invest more than 460 million euros with works on buildings aiming at reducing their energy consumption. This will generate 340 thousand job openings.

Lined with Europe’s goal of reducing 20% of CO2 emissions by 2020, Germany launched last year a new energy model. The goal is to reduce 80% of energy consumption in the country over the next 40 years, starting with the construction industry, which accounts for almost half of the total demand of the country.

In 2011, the federal government will invest more than 460 million euros with works in buildings, matching its heating and thermal insulation systems in order to increase its energy efficiency and prevent waste.

According to specialists, keeping spaces heated demands plenty of energy (85% of a building’s total consumption) because the heating systems are old and the walls to not retain heat. Remodeling the buildings is one of the key issues to reach greater energy efficiency and, thus, reducing CO2 emissions.

Germany has already invested 7.1 million euros on this project, reducing energy consumption of almost 2.5 million households with more efficient heaters and well insulated walls.

According to the government, besides contributing to the reduction of global warming, the action stirs the country’s economy, because it generates circa 340 thousand job openings every year.

Source: Brazil Germany Chamber

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