The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) is a public-private partnership of cities, businesses and organisations which aims to improve energy efficiency in buildings, and is led by the World Resources Institute (WRI). The BEA is one of six accelerators under Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), an initiative led by the United Nations Secretary-General, and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
WorldGBC is a delivery partner under the BEA, and is working with a number of Green Building Councils to provide direct support to cities. WorldGBC will share resources and build capacity around the value of green building certification programmes which can operate at a national but also local level.
As of July 2016, four Green Building Councils - Colombia, Emirates, Poland and South Africa – are involved in the project and are working with Mayors and staff in the cities of Bogota, Dubai, Warsaw and Tshwane, respectively, to double the rate of energy efficiency by 2030. They will help cities to define the best action they can take to make efficiency improvements and receive market buy-in from those in the sector who will help to deliver these energy savings. Other GBCs are welcome to join the BEA by supporting one or more of the 23 participating cities.
Cities which commit to the BEA agree to implement at least one new building energy efficiency policy or programme in 2016-2017. The policy/programme can be whatever the city government feels is a priority, though the BEA partnership offers city staff expertise from partners in six main thematic areas: building codes; building certifications/above-code programs; existing building retrofits; energy efficiency finance solutions; and building data tracking.
Reducing energy in buildings is essential if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change. Energy used in buildings often accounts for half of all carbon emissions of some cities, while buildings in some larger cities can be responsible for up to 80 per cent of emissions. Given that two thirds of the world’s population are expected to live in cities by 2050, this places a further demand for buildings that are energy efficient and that enable a high quality of life.
More than 20 cities and states, and over 30 businesses, governments and technical experts specialising in building efficiency (including WorldGBC) are participating in the BEA worldwide.
How can my GBC or city join the BEA?
If you represent a city government and would like to join the BEA, please visit the website or contact Jonathan Laski at WorldGBC (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional GBCs are also invited to support cities in their country. For more information, please contact WorldGBC.