The buildings sector in Argentina represents less than 10% of the nation’s total emissions. According to the latest Biennial Update Report submitted to the UNFCCC in 2021, emissions have doubled since 1990, and the sector currently represents 25% of energy demand. Historically, gas has occupied more than a 30% share.
To achieve a 1.5°C compatible decarbonisation of the sector before 2050, electricity’s share of buildings energy demand should more than double from its 2019 level of 35% to 77-79% by 2040 and fossil gas use should be all but eliminated by the same date.
As a post-COVID recovery measure, the government has earmarked about USD 1.4 billion for the construction and refurbishment of public buildings, hotels and schools. However, this measure has no specific sustainability requirements or energy guidelines.
The government has also established the National Programme for a Rational and Efficient Use of Energy (PRONUREE), but this will not be sufficient to decarbonise the sector.