Three PH cities join global partnership to accelerate efficiency in buildings

Santa Rosa joins the UN Sustainable Energy for All Program to speed the adoption of energy efficiency in buildings. It follows two other Philippine cities, Mandaluyong and Muñoz, who previously committed to reduce their GHG emissions under the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Key points:

  • The Building Efficiency Accelerator assists subnational jurisdictions in reducing energy demand from their new and existing buildings
  • Santa Rosa is the third city from the Philippines to join the Building Efficiency Accelerator, after Mandaluyong and Muñoz
  • The buildings sector accounts for about one-third of global energy use and one-quarter of GHG emissions
  • Building efficiency policies can result in 25-50 percent reductions in energy demand from both new and existing buildings
  • 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


QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES (June 7, 2016) — After Mandaluyong and Muñoz, Santa Rosa is the latest city from the Philippines to join the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), part of UN Sustainable Energy for All’s (SE4All) efforts to double the rate of energy efficiency by 2030. Building efficiency policies can result in 25-50 percent reductions in energy demand from both new and existing buildings, saving money and reducing pollution.

The cities of Santa Rosa, Mandaluyong, and Muñoz committed to accelerate one policy, implement one project, and track progress on reducing their emissions from buildings during the program. Policy actions may include establishing or updating building codes or putting in place incentives for more efficient technologies. Projects may include retrofitting existing buildings such as hospitals, schools, or government buildings; achieving a green building certification; or establishing baselines for energy used in city buildings.

Santa Rosa, Mandaluyong, and Muñoz are part of 23 cities and states participating in the BEA worldwide, showing a growing commitment to a healthier, more productive, and greener future. Participating cities have access to a global network of over 30 businesses, governments, and technical experts who specialize in improving building energy efficiency. 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.

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 by which a city can reduce its GHG 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, and underemployment to energy poverty.

For more information on the Building Efficiency Accelerator visit http://www.wrirosscities.org/our-work/project-city/building-efficiency-accelerator.


NEW CITIES AND STATES JOINING THE BEA:

  1. Belgrade, Serbia
  2. Bogotá, Colombia
  3. Coimbatore, India
  4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  5. Eskişehir, Turkey
  6. Medellín, Colombia
  7. Porto Alegre, Brazil
  8. Rajkot, India
  9. Riga, Latvia
  10. Santa Rosa, Philippines
  11. Shimla, India
  12. Tshwane, South Africa


Building Efficiency Accelerator
The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) is a project of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. As one of six Accelerators, the BEA’s public-private collaboration approach helps sub-national governments speed adoption of best-practice building policies and projects. The BEA’s global network of over 30 businesses, NGOs, and international organizations provides tools, expertise, technical capabilities, and support to cities seeking to accelerate and transform markets to deliver energy efficiency benefits to their citizens. http://www.se4all.org/energyefficiencyplatform_building-efficiency

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