Month: May 2017

Voices of Efficiency: Dinh Quang Cuong, Amit Prothi and Da Nang’s Plans for a Resilient, Efficient Economy

Dinh Quang Cuong,  the Director of the Climate Change Coordination Office and the Chief Resilience Officer for Da Nang, emphasized that City planners are trying to build Da Nang into an environmental city.

The government of Da Nang, Vietnam has prioritized building efficiency as part of its new Resilience Strategy to address public health and economic risks from climate change. In 2016, the city began working with the global Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) partnership. Local leaders are developing ways to signal to property developers, owners and building managers that efficiency is a public priority, and it is essential to work together to implement locally-relevant efficiency actions.

To understand more about driving action on efficiency in Da Nang, WRI’s Shannon Hilsey talked with two local change agents: Dinh Quang Cuong is the Director of the Climate Change Coordination Office and the Chief Resilience Officer for Da Nang. Amit Prothi is an Associate Director for 100 Resilient Cities, working out of the Singapore office on resilience challenges in Da Nang. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.  Read more here.


Building Efficiency Accelerator Regional Launch in East Asia

Photo by ICLEI East Asia

On March 22, 2017, the BEA’s East Asia launch brought together stakeholders from government, non-profit and the private sectors to showcase the building efficiency work of three leading Chinese districts – Changning District, Wuxi City High-Tech Industrial Development Zone and Suzhou Taihu New City – and two current BEA cities – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Iskandar, Malaysia.

The launch forum was co-hosted by BEA global partners including ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia Secretariat (ICLEI EAS), World Resources Institute (WRI), Johnson Controls (JCI), and the China Society for Urban Studies (CSUS). The forum took place at the largest annual green building conference in China, the Thirteenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo in Beijing.

Along with districts sharing experiences and best practices in promoting building sector energy efficiency, the forum included an expert panel discussion and an interactive assessment activity to map stakeholder views on a set of building efficiency topics.

Read more about the event on the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia Secretariat news page.