EEB Amplify is a global business-led initiative on reducing energy consumption in buildings in metropolitan areas. It brings together local building stakeholders to provide solutions to market barriers relating to: 1. Lack of awareness on the benefits of energy efficiency (business case); 2. The need for proper skills and collaboration throughout the value chain; 3. Lack of adequate financing models; 4. The need for consistent and long-term policy frameworks (regulations and incentive schemes).

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America


Enabling Frameworks, Sustainable Housing, Sustainability in the Supply Chain, Reduce Climate Impact, Knowledge Sharing, Outreach, Awareness Raising

Sustainability themes
Climate Change, Agriculture and fishery, Education

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Energy, Environmental Services, Agricultural and Fishery, Education

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Financial Instruments & Investments

Type of lead actor
Business Sector

Start date
01/01/2017

Objectives

The objective of EEB Amplify is to bring about substantial reductions in building energy consumption globally by focusing on city-based private sector engagement.

EEB Amplify brings together local building market stakeholders and city officials to develop a common understanding of market barriers and develop action plans to unlock investments in energy efficiency city-wide. A 50% reduction of projected energy use by 2030 is possible using today’s available technologies and practices. And this reduction is what is needed to be on track to achieve the Paris agreement to keep global warming below 2 degrees.

14 companies have worked and are working with WBCSD to roll out this initiative: United Technologies Corporation, LafargeHolcim, AkzoNobel, Arcadis, ArcelorMittal, ENGIE, Infosys, SGS, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Skanska, AGC, Saint-Gobain and Dow Chemicals.

Activities

The EEB project has developed a methodology to identify key market barriers to energy efficiency in buildings at local level and to define an action plan to overcome them.
The cornerstone of each market engagement is the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Laboratory (EEB lab) – a three-day workshop bringing together the value chain which aims to get a clear understanding of the market situation and recommend actions around the four core topics usually addressed (Awareness and Leadership; Workforce capacity; Financing; Policy and Regulation).
The actions are then implemented by the motivated stakeholders through an EEB platform.
EEB Platforms provide coordinated action to drive activities and impact in the local markets.

The EEB project has piloted its methodology in 10 locations between 2014 and 2016. The EEB lab took place in Warsaw, Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Bangalore, Jaipur, Amsterdam, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Shanghai. 5 EEB platforms have been set up so far: Houston, Warsaw, Jakarta, Jaipur and Shanghai with Action Committees in place to address the market challenges.

To help organizations implement an energy efficiency program for their buildings, the project has also released an Energy Efficiency Toolkit for Buildings that provides high-level guidance through 5 main steps with a range of tools, resources and case studies (http://www.eeb-toolkit.com/).

Impact and Results

EEB Amplify uses an Impact Framework to capture the progress of the different activities resulting from the EEB lab and EEB platform.

Participants in the EEB labs improve their market knowledge, make new connections, learn from peer professionals and agree on solutions to unlock the local market towards more energy efficient building stocks. For instance, in Poland, following a recommendation from the EEB lab, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched a residential energy efficiency financing facility of 200m euros. Over 1000+ stakeholders have been engaged through the 10 EEB labs so far.

Members of the EEB platforms provide solutions to market barriers at local level:
For instance, to overcome the lack of data and transparency on the market in Poland, the local EEB platform coordinated a pilot market survey with 48 office buildings to improve the knowledge on energy use in office buildings (here certified vs. non-certified buildings). The aim is now to extend this survey to more market segments and potentially create a national benchmarking tool for private and public buildings.
In Houston, the platform supported the adoption by the City of an innovative financing program (called PACE) that enables owners of commercial and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for building energy-efficiency improvements. The Platform facilitated and accelerated the adoption of PACE and the emergence of a $100 million PACE pipeline by using its networks and making resources available that would otherwise not have been available to the City.
In Jakarta, the Platform has enabled and coordinated private sector input to local regulatory policy.
In Jaipur, the Platform has provided training and best practice sharing among building sector companies and public sector. And in Shanghai, the Platform provides a space for collaboration with local district governments on topics related to policy, capacity buildings and finance (through a series of workshops and sharing experts input into the policy making process).

Next steps and how to get involved

In 2017, the initiative is rolled out in Europe in partnership with the European Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC), with initial engagements in Switzerland (Zurich); UK (Birmingham); Romania (Bucharest); and France (city to be confirmed); and in the US in partnership with the US GBC (Phoenix and Brooklyn). WBCSD partners also with the UN Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) initiative, to support private sector engagement.

Interested stakeholders can contact WBCSD to know more information on how to get started with a market engagement in their cities. The detailed methodology of the EEB lad and EEB platform is described in the Handbook on creating dynamic local markets for Energy Efficient Buildings