Grant Olear

12 more cities and municipalities have joined the global Building Efficiency Accelerator.

USGBC is proud to be part of a global network of over 30 technical expert organizations working together to improve building energy efficiency in cities around the globe through the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA). 

Today, the BEA welcomed 12 more cities to the partnership, upping the number of jurisdictions involved to 23, with more expected to join as the venture matures. The cities, listed below, join others such as Da Nang (Vietnam), Iskandar (Malaysia), Mexico City, Tokyo and Warsaw.

  • City of Belgrade (Serbia)
  • City of Bogotá (Colombia)
  • Coimbatore City Municipal Corp. (India)
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • City of Eskişehir (Turkey)
  • Municipality of Medellín (Colombia)
  • City of Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul)
  • Rajkot Municipal Corporation (India)
  • Riga Municipal Agency (Latvia)
  • City of Santa Rosa (Phillippines)
  • Shimla Municipal Corporation (India)
  • Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (South Africa)

The BEA partnership is under the U.N. Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative that seeks to double the rate of energy efficiency by 2030. Building efficiency policies have the ability to result in 25 to 50 percent reductions in energy demand from both new and existing buildings, saving money and reducing pollution. 

Through the BEA, member jurisdictions such as the 12 who just joined have access to subject matter experts at no cost in work areas such as building energy codes, above-code certification systems, retrofitting existing structures, public procurement practices, finance with assistance in developing investable projects, tracking progress, private sector engagement and city assessment and action prioritization. 

The buildings sector accounts for about one-third of global energy use and one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. Building efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways a city can reduce its emissions while benefiting the economy. For every $1 invested in efficiency, $2 are saved in new electricity generation and distribution costs. Better building efficiency can help alleviate many urban challenges, from climate change to air pollution and public health, from underemployment to energy poverty. 

The BEA facilitates local collaboration and planning to improve buildings, lower energy costs and make people more comfortable and productive where they live, work and play.