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.