Steinbuck creates policies to increase energy efficiency in the global building sector

Jonah Steinbuck
As an International Climate and Clean Energy Fellow at the Department of Energy, Jonah Steinbuck focuses on improving energy efficiency in the building sector, on the international level. [photo submitted].

After completing the Master in Public Administration program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Jonah Steinbuck joined the Department of Energy Office of International Climate and Clean Energy Fellowship Program (ICCE) Fellowship Program to advance clean energy and energy efficiency policies and programs.

The ICCE Fellowship Program provides opportunities for graduates to support efforts related to the Clean Energy Ministerial. This high-level forum promotes policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, shares lessons learned and best practices, and encourages the transition to a global clean energy economy. ICCE is administered by ORAU through its contract to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Since joining DOE’s Office of International Affairs in 2013, Steinbuck’s policy work has focused on improving energy efficiency in the building sector through dialogue and action in international forums, including the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation and the Clean Energy Ministerial.

“Making buildings more energy efficient is an important piece of the broader international action needed to address climate change,” he said. “Globally, the building sector accounts for about one-third of end-use energy consumption and one-fourth of carbon dioxide emissions. Improvements in building efficiency could deliver enormous environmental and health benefits through emissions reductions as well as financial benefits to individuals and businesses through energy cost savings.”

International cooperation continues to be a critical ingredient to advancing building efficiency, according to Steinbuck. “The exchange of best practices and policy-support resources accelerates the transition to a more efficient global building sector,” he said. At DOE, Steinbuck collaborates with other energy ministries and non-governmental organizations in the building energy space to facilitate such exchange.

Prior to joining DOE, Steinbuck helped develop and implement federal climate change adaptation priorities at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He also worked to advance federal climate and energy legislation while serving on the staff of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in the U.S. House of Representatives.