The BEA is a collaborative network, led by the World Resources Institute with ICLEI, engaging to support local and subnational governments on the topic of energy efficient buildings. It provides tools, expertise and technical capabilities to subnational governments who commit to implementing and reporting on measures designed to improve efficiency. Reporting takes place in the carbonn® Climate Registry.
ICLEI’s role focuses on the development of guidance, capacity building and offering tailored support to local and subnational governments to assess priorities, implement and track actions, and exchange lessons learned. ICLEI is also a lead partner in the closely related District Energy in Cities Initiative, led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), working to interlink available guidance and opportunities for peer exchange.
ICLEI Africa Secretariat (ICLEI AS) has been appointed as the BEA Regional Lead for Africa and is responsible for encouraging participation, facilitate peer-to-peer learning, as well as co-ordinate regional meetings and events. ICLEI AS furthermore has a partnership agreement with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) to promote green building principles and practices within local governments.
Local governments are encouraged to implement the following actions to assist with the acceleration of building efficiency:
• Compile building efficiency codes and standards
• Set energy improvement targets
• Encourage performance information and certifications
• Provide incentives and finance
• Lead by example
• Engage building owners, managers and occupants
• Engage technical and financial service providers
• Work close with utilities
The City of Tshwane in South Africa has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator initiative and set up a Strategic Advisory Committee to guide the process. They already have a Green Building Development By-law and Policy in place (approved October 2012), which is supported by the Tshwane Integrated Environmental Policy.
For more information about BEA, please see here.