Month: March 2017

Dubai to Benchmark 100 Buildings

Photo by World Green Building Council

Emirates Green Building Council and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) are to undertake a ‘Benchmarking Project’ of 100 buildings in Dubai to assess their energy performance, under the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) programme.

Hotels, malls and schools are being invited to participate in the project, which will be the first BEA pilot project in the United Arab Emirates, and will serve as a referral point in driving forward the energy efficiency of buildings in Dubai.

Read more at the Emirates Green Building Council’s press release and on the World Green Building Council website.

Coimbatore to Reduce Energy Consumption

Photo by India Green Building Council (IGBC).

In early March 2017, over 70 government, non-profit, and private sector stakeholders gathered at a Building Efficiency Accelerator workshop in Coimbatore, India, organized by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) with support from WRI and ICLEI. At the workshop, stakeholders discussed plans for Coimbatore’s BEA actions.

IGBC, in partnership with the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation and the Confederation of Indian Industries, have launched an initiative to reduce energy consumption in the city by one megawatt (MW) over the next five months. While one MW is modest compared to the city’s overall energy demand, it is part of an overarching awareness-raising campaign to teach individuals how to adopt energy efficiency measures in buildings, from purchasing BEE Star-rated appliances to replacing old, inefficient light fixtures with LED lights. The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) will be one of the many government, educational, and industrial facilities that will take part in reducing their energy consumption as part of the initiative.

Read more about the event on The Hindu and The Economic Times Energyworld.


Strengthening Private Sector Collaboration in Shanghai

BEA partners join other local actors at a WBCSD EEB 2.0 seminar in Shanghai, China connecting green finance and building efficiency. Photo by Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI).

In December, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) held a seminar in Shanghai, China on connecting green finance and building efficiency as part of their Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) 2.0 initiative. Representatives from several BEA partners joined the seminar, including WBCSD, Johnson Controls (JCI) and World Resources Institute (WRI). The seminar served to further BEA collaboration with private sector partners.

Dubai Engages City Leaders

Local partners gather in Dubai to discuss high-priority building efficiency actions in the city. Photo by Emirates GBC.

Leaders from across Dubai, including government, private developers, professional contractors and building design consultants, convened in December to identify high-priority building efficiency actions in the city. Dubai’s participation in the BEA builds on existing energy initiatives such as the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce energy demand in 2030 by 30 percent.

The Partnership is Expanding

Elizabeth Wangeci of the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) speaking at their recent BEA Introduction workshop in January 2017. Photo by KGBS.

It’s official: the BEA now has 26 partner cities and jurisdictions. A big welcome to Mérida, Mexico; Kisii County, Kenya; and Nairobi, Kenya, our three newest additions. We look forward to supporting you in convening local partners and planning and implementing your building efficiency actions.