SEforAll: Building Efficiency Accelerator


Name of initiative Building Efficiency Accelerator
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2014
End year
Secretariat World Resources Institute (WRI):

Emma Stewart,; Debbie Weyl,

Organisational structure The project is governed by a steering committee of representatives of the partner organizations and businesses. Global management is coordinated through the World Resources Institute, which is also the executing agency for the GEF grant administered through UNEP. Implementation is through thematic work groups, program support teams and regional leads and city leads as described below.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation World Resources Institute (WRI)
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description A global network of businesses, NGOs and international organizations, in collaboration with civil society and sub-national government leaders, will provide tools, expertise, technical capabilities and financial support to help accelerate building efficiency policy and project initiatives.
Objectives Subnational governments will make a commitment to double the rate of building energy efficiency by 2030 in targeted sectors within their jurisdiction. Cities will also work toward the BEA vision of making all new buildings highly efficiency and zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings highly efficient and zero carbon by 2050.

Subnational strategies are the primary focus of the BEA. All cities/subnational governments that join the BEA required to do three things: implement a policy, implement a demonstration project, and track their progress. We assist cities in identifying actions to fulfill these commitments and plan for and implement them. Additionally, we engage national level policymakers in the BEA to bring their expertise to the cities and co-create models of implementation which, once demonstrated locally, can be adapted and scaled nationally through NDCs and/or other mechanisms.

Activities In addition to the above goal, subnational governments will also commit to implement one enabling policy and one demonstration project. The final elements of the commitment include creating a baseline of building energy efficiency performance, agreeing to track and report annual progress, and participating in the partnership to share experiences and best practices with other governments.
One or two success stories achieved In Mexico City, a local customization of the national model building energy code has been developed and an audit and retrofit program for municipal buildings has been established. The city has also been designing a buildings challenge to obtain commitments to efficiency improvements from the private sector. Bogotá has integrated the energy and water saving goals of Colombia’s national building efficiency code into the city’s master plan. The new policy is expected to reduce energy and water use in new buildings by 20% and 30%, respectively, when fully implemented. In 2019, additional cities in Colombia began replicating this approach to implement the efficiency code.

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Political dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Norms and standard setting, Goal setting (ex-ante)
Knowledge dissemination and exchange — Presentations held
Value (#)211240
Knowledge dissemination and exchange — Workshops and meetings for exchanging the knowledge
Value (#)272442
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Total Mitigation
Value (MtCO2e/yr)0.33
Goals By 2030, all new buildings are highly efficient and zero carbon. By 2050, all buildings are highly efficient and zero carbon. Contribute toward the targets for SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy) and achievement of national climate commitments (NDCs). Expand the network to include new city and national government partnerships. Strengthen private sector engagement. Improve coordination between national and local policies and actions.

We have a detailed work plan in the 1-2 year timeframe. In the longer term, we have a general roadmap, process and theory of change to achieve energy efficiency results to 2030.

Comments on indicators and goals The project will mitigate an estimated 6,557,810 tCO2e by 2035, or 0.32789 MtCO2e/year until 2035.
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals The 52 current city/subnational partners of the BEA have made progress in prioritizing policies, projects, and methods of tracking progress for building efficiency actions. Many subnational partners have also begun engaging local stakeholders in this prioritization process.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative The BEA is tracking outputs of the partnership (publications, work plans, analyses, workshops, webinars, and newsletters) and their impacts, as well as outcomes from on-the-ground actions in partner municipalities. The BEA partnership has also created a city-level action tracking methodology to help partner municipalities track and report their progress on building efficiency.
Available reporting


Participants Number Names
Members 108  
Companies 15 Accenture (Ireland),Alstom (USA),The Carbon Trust (United Kingdom),China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (China),Danfoss (Denmark),DEXMA (Spain),Econoler (Canada),Green Generation Solutions (USA),Ingersoll Rand (Ireland),Johnson Controls (USA),Philips (Netherlands),Rockwool (Denmark),Saint-Gobain (France),Schneider Electric (Germany),TECNALIA (Spain).
Business organisations 23 Architecture 2030 (USA),  Buildings Performance Institute Europe (Belgium),  Business Council for Sustainable Energy (USA),  Clean Energy Solutions Center (USA),  Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (Denmark),  EDGE Program (USA),  El Salvador Green Building Council (El Salvador),  Emirates Green Building Council (United Arab Emirates),  ESMAP (USA),  Global Buildings Performance Network (France),  Global Green Growth Institute (South Korea),  Green Building Council Costa Rica (Costa Rica),  Green Building Council South Africa (South Africa),  Guatemala Green Building Council (Guatemala),  Investor Confidence Project (USA),  Jordan Green Building Council (Jordan),  Kenya Green Building Society (Kenya),  Lebanon Green Building Council (Lebanon),  National Renewable Energy Laboratory - NREL (USA),  United Nations Foundation (USA),  US Green Building Council (USA),  World Business Council for Sustainable Development (USA),  World Green Building Council (USA).
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 12 World Resources Institute - WRI (USA),  Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (USA),  Alliance to Save Energy (USA),  C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (United Kingdom),  Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (France),  Global Buildings Performance Network (France),  Global Cool Cities Alliance (USA),  ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (Germany),  Natural Resources Defense Council - NDRC (USA),  Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030,  P4G (USA),  Sustentabilidad para Mexico,  SUMe (Mexico),  Urban Land Institute (USA).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 9 Aburrá Valley Region and Municipality of Medellín (Colombia),  Campeche State (Mexico),  Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Malaysia),  Jalisco State (Mexico),  Kisii County (Kenya),  Nairobi City County (Kenya),  Nuevo León (Mexico),  Sonora State (Mexico),  Yucatán State (Mexico).
City / municipal actors 43 Accra (Ghana),  Alba Iulia (Romania),  Belén (Costa Rica),  Belgrade (Serbia),  Betim (Brazil),  Bogotá (Colombia),  Bucharest-District 3 (Romania),  Cali (Colombia),  Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (India),  Comayagua (Honduras),  Curridabat (Costa Rica),  Da Nang City (Vietnam),  Dubai (United Arab Emirates),  Eskişehir (Turkey),  Fortaleza (Brazil),  Gabrovo (Bulgaria),  Guatemala City (Guatemala),  Kochi (India),  KwaDukuza (South Africa),  Mandaluyong (Philippines),  Mérida (Mexico),  Mexico City (Mexico),  Milwaukee (USA),  Montería (Colombia),  Moravia (Costa Rica),  Msunduzi (South Africa),  Nagpur (India),  Pasig (Philippines),  Porto Alegre (Brasil),  Rajkot Municipal Corporation (India),  Recife (Brazil),  Riga Municipal Agency (Latvia),  Sahab (Jordan),  San Salvador (El Salvador),  Santa Ana (Costa Rica),  Santa Rosa (Philippines),  Science City of Muñoz (Philippines),  Shanghai Changning District (China),  Shimla Municipal Corporation (India),  Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (South Africa),  Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia),  uMhlathuze (South Africa),  Warsaw (Poland)
Intergovernmental organisations 4 Global Environment Facility (USA),  International Energy Agency (France),  UN Environment Programme (Kenya)
Financial Institutions 2 World Bank (USA),  International Finance Corporation (USA)
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 27 November 2019 16:13:15

Not only have national states as participators