Cities Climate Action Project

The Cities Climate Action Project aims to deliver better building efficiency policies in cities. It uses a proven framework created through the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to help city governments, private companies and NGOs work together to deliver energy efficiency in buildings at scale.

A third of the world’s energy goes to light, heat, and cool buildings.  Our hope of achieving the carbon emission targets in the Paris Agreement rests on reducing this consumption as soon as possible.  

Buildings and construction are a significantly sized sector, however, it has traditionally been a very fragmented one, making it slower at scaling innovation and best practice from one project to another. This is why partnerships and collaboration are so important in tapping into the full savings potential that buildings can deliver.

The BEA is a partnership platform that, working through an international network including Green Building Councils, city governments, businesses and NGOs, seeks to bring about transformational change in building practices at scale. This partnership provides committed cities with the technical and strategic tools to design and implement building efficiency measures – from designing a protocol that allows for the local implementation of a national building code, to training local government officials on the fundamentals of implementing such a code. Coupled with demonstration projects and private sector commitments showcasing the economic business case for building efficiency measures, this partnership paves the way for mass scale uptake of buildings that help us achieve our carbon emission targets. 

WorldGBC in partnership with the World Resources Institute and other BEA partners, is excited to launch the scale-up of this partnership starting with its Americas Region. Colombia and Mexico will be of primary focus while gearing up Green Building Councils and other NGOs to follow suit in countries such as Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador, among others. Leveraging its existing global Advancing Net Zero project, WorldGBC will use the lessons learned from leading companies and cities committed to Net Zero targets today, to create pathways from energy efficiency to net zero building for those cities who are just starting their journey. The future scope of this project will also include focus on countries such as Kenya and Vietnam and many others that make up WorldGBC’s nearly 70 country-wide membership.

Watch this video produced by Colombia Green Building Council to learn more about the BEA (in Spanish with English subtitles). 

 

 

The infographic below provides an overview of the BEA's achievements to date

 

Further reading

Action plan - Colombia Green Building Council (CCCS) and the Building Efficiency Accelerator action plan

Blog - Building a Better Bogotá by Cristina Gamboa, former CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and Interim CEO of World Green Building Council

Press release - Colombia and Mexico set to boost Green Buildings with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

News story - Americas Region gets a boost with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

 

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The Cities Climate Action Project aims to deliver better building efficiency policies in cities. It uses a proven framework created through the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to help city governments, private companies and NGOs work together to deliver energy efficiency in buildings at scale.

A third of the world’s energy goes to light, heat, and cool buildings.  Our hope of achieving the carbon emission targets in the Paris Agreement rests on reducing this consumption as soon as possible.  

Buildings and construction are a significantly sized sector, however, it has traditionally been a very fragmented one, making it slower at scaling innovation and best practice from one project to another. This is why partnerships and collaboration are so important in tapping into the full savings potential that buildings can deliver.

The BEA is a partnership platform that, working through an international network including Green Building Councils, city governments, businesses and NGOs, seeks to bring about transformational change in building practices at scale. This partnership provides committed cities with the technical and strategic tools to design and implement building efficiency measures – from designing a protocol that allows for the local implementation of a national building code, to training local government officials on the fundamentals of implementing such a code. Coupled with demonstration projects and private sector commitments showcasing the economic business case for building efficiency measures, this partnership paves the way for mass scale uptake of buildings that help us achieve our carbon emission targets. 

WorldGBC in partnership with the World Resources Institute and other BEA partners, is excited to launch the scale-up of this partnership starting with its Americas Region. Colombia and Mexico will be of primary focus while gearing up Green Building Councils and other NGOs to follow suit in countries such as Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador, among others. Leveraging its existing global Advancing Net Zero project, WorldGBC will use the lessons learned from leading companies and cities committed to Net Zero targets today, to create pathways from energy efficiency to net zero building for those cities who are just starting their journey. The future scope of this project will also include focus on countries such as Kenya and Vietnam and many others that make up WorldGBC’s nearly 70 country-wide membership.


Watch this video produced by Colombia Green Building Council to learn more about the BEA (in Spanish with English subtitles). 

 

 

The infographic below provides an overview of the BEA's achievements to date

 

Further reading

Action plan - Colombia Green Building Council (CCCS) and the Building Efficiency Accelerator action plan

Blog - Building a Better Bogotá by Cristina Gamboa, former CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and Interim CEO of World Green Building Council

Press release - Colombia and Mexico set to boost Green Buildings with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

News story - Americas Region gets a boost with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

 

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