Buildings are responsible for one-third of global energy demand and one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. Global building energy demand can be reduced by one-third by 2050 if known energy efficiency best practices are implemented on a large scale across regions.
The major barriers to efficient buildings are institutional, behavioral, and financial rather than technical. The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) is a public-private collaboration that aims to break down these barriers by increasing global and cross-sector collaboration.
The BEA supports public commitments at the city, regional and national levels. The BEA collaborative network is led by WRI, with ICLEI supporting local and regional governments, together with 70 businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
As a BEA partner, ICLEI offers guidance, capacity building, and tailored support to help local and regional governments set policy targets, assess priorities, implement and track actions, and exchange lessons learned. In particular, ICLEI East Asia assisted the engagement of two BEA cities in the region.