Aburrá Valley Region and Municipality of Medellín, Colombia
The Aburrá Valley Region is made up of 10 municipalities including Medellín, the second-largest city in Colombia. It has a population of over 3.5 million, with 2.4 million in Medellín. The Municipality of Medellín joined the BEA in 2015 and the broader Aburrá Valley Region joined in 2017. Local BEA partners are coordinated by the Colombia Green Building Council (Consejo Colombiano de Construcción Sostenible – CCCS).
Aburrá Valley Region and Medellín’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Develop and adopt guidelines for sustainable retrofit of existing buildings, in support of the Public Policy for Sustainable Construction for the Aburra Valley.
- Pilot Program: Develop a retrofit program for public buildings.
Accra, Ghana joined the BEA in January 2018.
Alba Iulia, Romania
One of the oldest settlements in Romania, Alba Iulia implements green initiatives on behalf of its 73,937 residents. The Alba Iulia Municipality is a dynamic public administration focused on turning Alba Iulia into a “green city” by employing its resources rationally and thinking in the long term in order to ensure a competitive, sustainable and considerable energy future. Alba Iulia joined the BEA in 2015, and local BEA partners are coordinated by Johnson Controls.
Alba Iulia’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Develop relationships with investors to align with local implementation in 2018 of the Alba Iulia Smart City Pilot Project.
- Pilot Program: Retrofit 2147 apartments in 30 existing multi-apartment buildings, including improvements in insulation and heating systems and installation of renewable energy systems.
Belén, Costa Rica
Belén, Costa Rica joined the BEA in November 2018.
Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade has a population of around 1.17 million and joined the BEA as a deep dive city in 2016. City leaders in Belgrade have identified that better building insulation and HVAC installations would lower energy costs in residential and public buildings, while enabling the expansion of efficient district heating to more of the city. BEA partners in Belgrade are coordinated by UN Environment.
Belgrade’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Develop a chapter to complement the Renovation Guidelines developed in BEA Phase I. The chapter will focus on the two measures with the greatest potential for Belgrade. Following the objective of the Guidelines, the additional chapter will demonstrate to local stakeholders the benefits of the measure and incentivize its application.
- Pilot Program: Design, develop an implement a cool roofs program. It will demonstrate energy efficiency benefits and will be replicable to a large number of buildings in the City of Belgrade.
As Colombia’s capital and largest city with a population just under 8 million people, Bogotá joined the BEA as a Deep Dive city in 2016 and is a member of the BEA City Advisory Panel. Bogotá has significant local government capacity and is currently seeking to implement a new national building energy regulation to encourage more efficient construction. The city also has a focus on providing opportunity for all residents as it grows and redevelops, including an emphasis on sustainable development of new or revitalized districts. Bogotá and its BEA partners are coordinated by Consejo Colombiano de Construcción Sostenible (CCCS), the national Green Building Council.
Bogotá’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Effectively implement the national building code, Resolution 549/15, in new buildings in Bogotá D.C.
- Pilot Program: Execute the Progresa Fenicia development with Resolution 549/15 implemented.
Bucharest, District 3, Romania
Bucharest District 3 includes Downtown Bucharest, and is the most densely populated section of the city with 400,000 residents. Working with the BEA, Bucharest District 3 plans to retrofit schools and apartment buildings, while establishing and strengthening relations with private investors. Bucharest District 3 joined the BEA in 2015, and local BEA partners are coordinated by Johnson Controls.
Bucharest District 3’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Establish and strengthen relations with private investors, to be captured within their Strategy for Sustainable Development.
- Pilot Program: Retrofit schools and apartment buildings.
Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, India
With 1.6 million people, Coimbatore is the second largest city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In 2016, Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation joined the BEA, and BEA partners are coordinated by ICLEI South Asia.
Coimbatore’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Design and adopt energy efficiency targets for public buildings, to reduce energy consumption by 40%.
- Pilot Program: Develop and implement green building standards for public buildings to comply with the energy targets.
Da Nang City, Vietnam
Da Nang’s government has prioritized building efficiency as part of its new Resilience Strategy to address public health and economic risks from climate change. Local leaders are exploring creative ways to signal to property developers and building managers that efficiency is a public priority. In 2016, Da Nang joined the BEA as a deep dive city. BEA partners in Da Nang are coordinated by 100 Resilient Cities and the City of Da Nang’s Climate Change Coordination Office (CCCO).
Da Nang’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Develop a directive for the implementation and monitoring of building efficiency for all new and existing buildings with floor area above 2500 m2.
- Pilot Program: Implement energy efficiency solutions for a hotel demonstration project.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, and is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 2.6 million residents. In 2016, Dubai joined the BEA, and local BEA partners are coordinated by the Emirates Green Building Council.
Dubai’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Adopt a scheme for energy performance labeling of existing buildings to be applied to all buildings built prior to the adoption of the scheme.
- Pilot Program: Execute a benchmarking study of energy performance of buildings in the city. Target: 100 building within 3 focus typologies (hotels, malls, schools).
With a population of almost 850,000 people, Eskişehir is currently pursuing multiple district redevelopment projects to improve construction quality and public spaces. Eskişehir is also striving to expedite effective implementation of Turkey’s national mandate for all commercial/residential buildings to have energy performance certificates. In 2016, Eskişehir joined the BEA as a deep dive city. BEA partners in Eskişehir are coordinated by WRI Sustainable Cities Turkey.
Eskişehir’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Design and implement a local above-code program to promote, incentivize, and encourage building practices that go above the base National Building Energy Performance Regulation.
- Pilot Program: Design and implement a retrofit program for municipal building via Energy Performance Contracting.
Gabrovo, Bulgaria joined the BEA in January 2018.
- Policy: Adopt an energy saving target for the public building portfolio, and monitor and report progress using an energy management system and increased stakeholder engagement.
- Pilot Program: Develop and implement a program for energy management of public buildings in support of the energy saving target, which will include portfolio benchmarking, energy audits, operational and maintenance improvements, the introduction of energy efficiency standards and promotion of energy performance contracts.
Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Malaysia
Iskandar, Malaysia is an economic development corridor in Malaysia, with a current population of 1.8 million. Iskandar Regional Development Authority, the driver for Iskandar Malaysia, joined the BEA program in 2015.
Iskandar’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Design and establish energy efficiency targets.Goal: 5 Local Authorities are committed to reducing energy usage in their buildings.
- Pilot Program: Develop and adopt energy-saving projects in existing and new buildings, scalable to additional buildings.
Jalisco (State), Mexico
Located in western Mexico, Jalisco is one Mexico’s 31 states and encompasses the city of Guadalajara. Jalisco has a population of 7.8 million. Jalisco joined the BEA in 2016, and local BEA partners are coordinated by the Carbon Trust.
Jalisco’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Direct the savings from reduced electricity consumption to the State Environmental Fund, in order to finance future energy efficiency projects and programs.
- Pilot Program: Design and implement a retrofit program for public buildings.
Kisii County, Kenya
Kisii County, Kenya joined the BEA in 2017.
KwaDukuza, South Africa
KwaDukuza is a municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province with a population of about 275,000 residents. KwaDukuza joined the BEA in October 2017.
KwaDukuza’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Development and adoption of the Green Buildings bylaw for KwaDukuza.
- Pilot Program: Design and implement a retrofit program for a municipal owned building and leverage on establishing private-public partnerships.
Mandaluyong has a population of 386,000. It is one of the seventeen local governments that comprise Metro Manila. Mandaluyong joined the BEA in 2015, and local BEA partners are coordinated by ICLEI South Asia.
Mandaluyong’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Develop green building guidelines for new construction.
Mérida, Mexico joined the BEA in 2017.
Mérida’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Adopt and implement a building energy code.
- Pilot Program: Implement energy saving and low-emissions solutions in selected public buildings, infrastructure and homes to improve services, health and well-being to create a greener and more inclusive city.
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City, with a population of nearly 9 million, was one of the inaugural cities globally to officially join the BEA platform at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York City, and kicked off BEA activities in early 2015. Designated as a deep dive city in May 2016, Mexico City has successfully put in place a local building code and is now working towards code implementation. BEA partners in Mexico City are coordinated by WRI Mexico. Dozens of other global BEA partners have been engaged and provided advice and assistance throughout the ongoing BEA program in Mexico City.
Mexico City’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: To adopt and implement a building energy code.
- Pilot Program: To retrofit four public buildings, utilizing audits and benchmarking tools.
- Adoption of construction regulations that include energy efficiency measures (June 2016).
- Completion of energy audits on 4 public buildings (December 2016) and approval of funds for energy retrofit of buildings and audits of additional buildings (March 2017).
Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, USA with a population of 600,000. Milwaukee participates in the national Better Buildings Challenge to provide building owners and property managers with tools and resources to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Milwaukee was one of the inaugural cities globally to officially join the BEA platform at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York City. Click here for more information about Milwaukee’s Better Buildings Challenge program.
Milwaukee’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Through its comprehensive Better Buildings Challenge program for commercial building owners, the City of Milwaukee: 1) Established efficiency targets (20% reduction over a decade in participating buildings); 2) Offers incentives and financing through its innovative PACE financing program that is a national model for other communities; 3) Leads by example through energy efficiency in government buildings (same 20% reduction target); 4) Aims to provide training to support building owner and occupant actions; 5) Provides technical services to identify energy efficient equipment and train a next generation workforce to support efficient building operations.
- Pilot Program: Refine Milwaukee’s ECO Building Design Guidelines, pilot them on one or more building construction projects, and improve them based on experience and feedback received.
Msunduzi, South Africa
Msunduzi has a population of 600,000 and it’s located within the uMgungundlovu District in KwaZulu-Natal and encompasses the city of Pietermaritzburg, which is the capital for the province. The municipality joined the BEA in July 2018.
Nagpur, India joined the BEA in April 2018.
Nairobi City County, Kenya
Nairobi City County, Kenya joined the BEA in 2017.
Pasig, Philippines joined the BEA in 2017.
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Porto Alegre is the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil. The city has a population of 1.51 million. Porto Alegre joined the BEA in 2016, and local BEA partners are coordinated by WRI Brazil.
Porto Alegre’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Launch a municipal fund for efficiency and renewable investment.
- Pilot Program: Benchmark municipal and school buildings to prioritize buildings for investment.
Rajkot Municipal Corporation, India
A rapidly-growing city that is a national leader in low emissions development planning, Rajkot is beginning to expand its activities on priority sectoral actions, including building efficiency. In 2016, Rajkot joined the BEA as a deep dive city. BEA partners in Rajkot are coordinated by ICLEI South Asia.
Rajkot’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Effectively implement the Green Building Guidelines “Prakruti” developed during BEA Phase I.
- Pilot Program: Retrofit three public buildings based on the energy audits performed during BEA Phase I.
Riga Municipal Agency, Latvia
Riga is the capital and largest city in Latvia, with a population of nearly 700,000, making it the largest city in the Baltic States. Riga joined the BEA in 2016, and local BEA partners are coordinated by Johnson Controls.
Riga’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Introduce benchmarking and/or an energy reduction target for buildings.
- Pilot Program: Introduce a municipal revolving fund for multi-apartment building renovation.
Santa Rosa, Philippines
Santa Rosa is the second largest city in the Philippine province of Laguna. Santa Rosa joined the BEA in 2016, and local BEA partners are coordinated by ICLEI South Asia.
Santa Rosa’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Adopt the mandatory Green Building Code at the City of Santa Rosa by 2019.
- Pilot Program: Design and launch a Green Building City Challenge to promote the reduction of the energy consumption of new and existing buildings per category (residential, commercial and industrial).
Science City of Muñoz, Philippines
Science City of Muñoz has a population of about 75,000 people, located 150 kilometers north of Manila. Science City of Muñoz joined the BEA in 2016, and local BEA partners are coordinated by ICLEI South Asia.
Science City of Muñoz’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Adopt and approve a building energy code to apply to all new construction by September 2017.
- Pilot Program: Disseminate information about the building energy code to all stakeholders by June 2018 to prepare for code implementation and compliance.
Shanghai Changning District, China
Changning District is one of the 16 districts in Shanghai. This jurisdiction joined the BEA in 2018.
Shimla Municipal Corporation, India
Shimla has a population of 170,000, and is the capital of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. The Shimla Municipal Corporation joined the BEA in 2016, and local BEA partners are coordinated by ICLEI South Asia.
Sonora (State), Mexico
Located in northwestern Mexico, Sonora is one Mexico’s 31 states with a population of 2.85 million and encompasses the city of Hermosillo. Sonora joined the BEA in 2017, and local BEA partners are coordinated by WRI Mexico.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
Tokyo is the capital of Japan with a population of 13.62 million people. The Tokyo Municipal Government joined the BEA in 2015.
Tokyo’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Promote benchmarking and reporting programs in East and Southeast Asia, including work in Putrajaya and Iskandar, Malaysia to transfer a carbon reporting program for building emissions reduction.
Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa
For the City of Tshwane, which hosts the executive branch of South Africa’s national government departments, international consulates, academic and research institutions, the drive to be a national leader in building efficiency is one motivation behind the city’s aim to make its buildings the country’s greenest. In 2016, City of Tshwane was the first African city to join the BEA network of cities. BEA partners in Tshwane are coordinated by the South Africa Green Building Council (GBCSA).
City of Tshwane’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy (tentative): Implement the building codes sections of the green buildings by-law, and incorporate the use of financial and non-financial incentives for above-code portions of the green buildings by-law.
- Pilot Program: Develop a plan to retrofit 2-4 municipal buildings, including energy efficiency retrofits and rooftop solar deployment.
Ulaanbaatar is both the largest populated city (1.3 million) and capital of Mongolia. In March 2017, Ulaanbaatar joined the BEA and the city’s building efficiency work was showcased at the BEA East Asia launch.
BEA partners in Ulaanbaatar are coordinated by ICLEI East Asia and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
Ulaanbaatar’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Develop and adopt a local directive to improve public procurement regulation.
- Pilot Program: Develop a municipality-owned public building retrofitting program.
Warsaw is the capital of Poland with a population of about 1.75 million residents. Warsaw joined the BEA in 2015, and local BEA partners are coordinated by the Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC).
Warsaw’s Commitments to the BEA:
- Policy: Establish and implement the Warsaw Housing Standard.
- Pilot Program: Implement Warsaw Housing Standard in social buildings planned in the City in following years.