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Building Efficiency Accelerator

A public-private collaboration that turns global expertise into action to accelerate local government implementation of building efficiency policies and programs


Building Efficiency Accelerator

Buildings are responsible for one-third of global energy demand and one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. Global building energy demand can be reduced by one-third by 2050 if known energy efficiency best-practices are implemented on a large scale across regions. The major barriers to efficient buildings are institutional and behavioral rather than technical or financial.

The BEA aims to break down these barriers by increasing global and cross-sector collaboration. To this end, the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) supports public commitments at the city, regional and national levels.

The BEA collaborative network is led by WRI, with ICLEI supporting local and regional governments, together with 70 businesses, governments and non-governmental organization. BEA partners provide tools, expertise and technical capabilities to local and regional governments, who commit to implementing and reporting on measures designed to improve efficiency. Measures are reported to the carbonn Climate Registry.

As part of the BEA, ICLEI offers guidance, capacity building and tailored support to help local and regional governments assess priorities, implement and track actions and exchange lessons learned. ICLEI is also a lead partner in the closely related District Energy in Cities Initiative, led by UN Environment, working to interlink available guidance and opportunities for peer exchange.

What the BEA offers

The BEA global partnership is designed to complement existing networks of cities by facilitating access to global expertise in building efficiency topics and providing a venue for engagement with private sector partners. The BEA process of engagement in a city includes guidance and technical advice to:

Assess and prioritize locally-appropriate building efficiency policies and actions.

Implement actions, matching city needs with available expertise, technical resources and tools.

Track action and documenting progress, and share lessons learned.

Increase ambition for improving the overall efficiency of the building stock.

The BEA engages with cities based on the needs of the city and the activities that the partnership can provide in each location. Cities will prioritize policies and activities, and the partnership will connect them to technical resources and engagement opportunities around those priorities.

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These cities are working together to achieve energy efficiency.

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