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

Dinh Quang Cuong, Director of the Climate Change Coordination Office and the Chief Resilience Officer for Da Nang, and Amit Prothi, Associate Director for 100 Resilient Cities in Da Nang.

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.

BEA at the SEforALL Forum

Photo by WRI

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum is a landmark gathering that celebrates the global sustainable energy movement.

Over 1,000 high-level representatives from government, business, civil society and international organizations gathered in New York City from April 3-5, 2017 for the 3rd Sustainable Energy for All Forum – its theme “Going Further, Faster – Together.”

The Building Efficiency Accelerator was well-represented at the event: Nine BEA cities and 18 BEA partner organizations were present, totaling nearly 50 people. The BEA had a packed agenda over the three days, including leading a session with cities and finance experts on financing urban building efficiency and conducting a training on how cities can get their building efficiency priorities funded. Additionally, cities provided updates and feedback on BEA progress. Please contact us for any additional information about any portion of the agenda from the BEA events around the SEforALL Forum.

The following cities and organizations attended BEA events at the SEforALL Forum:


  • Belgrade, Serbia
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Eskişehir, Turkey
  • Mérida, Mexico
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Rajkot, India
  • Santa Rosa, Philippines
  • Tshwane, South Africa
  • Warsaw, Poland


  • Alliance to Save Energy
  • C40 Cities
  • Carbon Trust
  • Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2)
  • Danfoss
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Investor Confidence Project
  • Johnson Controls
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Philips
  • Tecnalia
  • UN Environment
  • United Nations Foundation
  • US Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • World Resources Institute



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.

Voices of Efficiency: Cristina Gamboa, Juan Camilo González and Bogotá’s Leadership through Partnership

Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the Colombia Green Building Council (CCCS) and Vice-chair of the World GBC, and Juan Camilo González, Manager of the North City Project for the Mayor’s Office and Advisor to Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa. Photo by WRI.

As Colombia’s capital and largest city, Bogotá has significant local government capacity. However, because of limited experience with implementing efficiency policies, the city lacks technical expertise to implement a new national building energy regulation or otherwise encourage more efficient construction. Bogotá is working with local stakeholders and the global Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) partnership to develop and implement locally-relevant efficiency actions.

To understand more about driving action on efficiency in Bogotá, WRI’s Eric Mackres talked with two local change agents: Cristina Gamboa is CEO of Consejo Colombiano de Construcción Sostenible (CCCS, the Colombia Green Building Council) and Vice-chair of World Green Building Council. Juan Camilo González is Manager of the North City Project for the Mayor’s Office and Advisor to Bogotá’s Mayor Enrique Peñalosa. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Read more here.

Philippine Cities Connect on Codes

BEA Knowledge Exchange in Manila, Philippines. Photo by ICLEI.

On December 9, 2016 while in Manila for a Compact of Mayors training, BEA cities Mandaluyong, Science City of Muñoz and Santa Rosa (Philippines) convened at a Knowledge Exchange event focused on building energy codes and building efficiency. Development partners, who have been integral to the development of building codes in the Philippines, participated in the event which was convened by ICLEI Southeast Asia. As a pioneer in formulating green building policies, the city of Mandaluyong shared its experience with other local governments. The Global Buildings Performance Network also contributed on behalf of the BEA Codes working group.