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As the urban population grows, the global stock of buildings is rapidly growing, thereby increasing GHG emissions. This means we must drastically reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling, by quickly improving the energy performance of new buildings and renovating existing ones. Photo ©Y. Caradec

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Photo by: Matthew Paul Argall (Flickr)

Contact: Eric Mackres, World Resources Institute (WRI), emackres@wri.org
Jennifer Layke, WRI, jlayke@wri.org


The Building Efficiency Accelerator initiative aims at doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement, by helping city, state, and regional governments to speed up adoption of best-practices and the implementation of projects. A global network of companies, NGOs and international organizations, in collaboration with civil society and sub-national governments’ leaders, provide tools, expertise, technical capabilities, and financial support to help accelerate building efficiency policy and project initiatives.

The partnership will define a standardized menu of policy options and provide governments with technical support leveraging best-in-class tools, databases and subject matter experts. Policy options will include such areas as government leadership, building codes and equipment standards, performance benchmarking and disclosure, third-party financing models and utility programs. International financial partners will provide funding to support policy development and demonstration project implementation. Finally, the partnership will help governments communicate and promote their commitments, calculate their baseline, report progress, and provide a platform for sharing experiences, challenges and best practices with other governments.

The UNSG's SE4All Initiative was launched in collaboration with the World Bank in September 2011. Since the 2014 Climate Summit, over 26 businesses, business associations, NGOs and city partnerships as well as 5 cities – Mexico City (Mexico), Milwaukee (USA), Toyamab (Japan), Muñoz (Philippines), Warsaw (Poland) – have joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Commitments of subnational governments:

  • to double the rate of building energy efficiency by 2030 in targeted sectors;
  • to implement one enabling policy and one demonstration project;
  • to create a baseline of building energy efficiency performance, agreeing to track and report annual progress, and participating in the partnership to share experiences and best practices with other governments.

Photo credit: Matthew Paul Argall (Flickr)

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