Building Efficiency Accelerator

Innovative public-private partnership speeds the development and implementation of building efficiency policies and practices

Buildings on the skyline in Mexico City

Buildings are a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Mexico City, which is why the city was one of the first to join the Building Efficiency Accelerator partnership in 2014. Photo by Storkholm Photography/Flickr. 

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Building Efficiency Initiative leads the Building Efficiency Accelerator partnership in support of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. We work with cities as they plan and implement policies, programs and projects to improve building efficiency.

In September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched SE4All as a global initiative to mobilize action in support of three interlinked objectives:

  1. Provide universal access to modern energy services
  2. Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  3. Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

As part of the strategy to double the rate of efficiency improvement, the Building Efficiency Accelerator supports public commitments at city, regional, and national levels. A collaborative network of 70 businesses, governments and NGOs provide tools, expertise and technical capabilities to sub-national governments. Cities  commit to implementing and reporting on measures designed to improve efficiency. Partners such as WRI provide best-in-class tools and work locally to help cities achieve their goals. 

For more information about becoming involved in the BEA as a city or an organization, please see our Letter of Invitation to the BEA and introductory materials. To learn more about what being a partner entails or to formally become a partner, please see the BEA Partnership Agreement, the SE4ALL Statement of Intent, and/or the Statement of Support for businesses and NGOs.

If you are interested in learning about both the Building Efficiency Accelerator and its partner initiative on district energy, the District Energy in Cities Initiative (DES), please see also our letter of invitation to both accelerators and the Partnership Agreement for the DES.

To learn more about the launch of the Building Efficiency Accelerator in Mexico City, click here.


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