In September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) as a global initiative to mobilise action in support of three interlinked objectives:
• Provide universal access to modern energy services
• Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
• Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
In support of the energy efficiency goal, SE4ALL catalysed a public private collaboration platform between businesses and governments called the “Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform.” The Platform consists of six individual accelerators to help speed deployment of efficiency solutions and policies for buildings, lighting appliances, district energy systems, industry and transportation.
Building Efficiency Accelerator
The SE4ALL Building Energy Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), one of the six individual accelerators, is a programme that assists sub-national governments to improve the energy efficiency in their jurisdictions. The multi-sectoral collaborations in the programme can help speed actions on efficiency policies and projects.
In the scale up phase in 2016 – 17, the programme will assist 30 sub national partners and leverage the expertise of over thirty (30) technical organisations and business partners. The BEA process of engagement in a city includes support (light touch assessment) for:
• Assessing and prioritising locally – appropriate policies and actions;
• Implementing actions, matching city needs with expertise, resources and tools; and
• Establishing an approach for tracking action, documenting progress against policy and project goals, and sharing lessons learned.
For the programme, ICLEI South Asia has been appointed as the BEA Regional Lead and is responsible for the implementation of certain set of activities that have been defined in an agreement between ICLEI World Secretariat and ICLEI South Asia.
Rajkot – the Deep Dive Assessment Partner
The global BEA partnership has selected six BEA partner cities for a deeper support in 2016-17. Rajkot is one of the six cities selected globally to participate in deep dive engagement that will fund one partner organisation to engage with the Rajkot city until November 2017. For this, ICLEI South Asia has been selected and engaged by WRI to act as the lead organisation to plan and execute the work plan alongside the city. The engagement requires working with the city for 12-16 months as a technical adviser. Under this capacity, ICLEI South Asia will facilitate implementation of a work plan through collaboration with global and local partners for:
• Stakeholder engagement and events
• Technical support, including process, policy and project development, product and service options and project pipeline development / funding
• City leadership and recognition
• City-to-city networking and peer learning
Besides, ICLEI South Asia will also manage other activities as necessary to enable the city to fulfil its action commitments. It is targeted that with this process, the city and ICLEI South Asia will build local capacity to continue building efficiency activities even after direct assistance through BEA ends.
Rajkot (Deep Dive Assessment), Coimbatore and Shimla (Light Touch Assessment)
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
World Resource Institute
10 G Street NE, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
ICLEI WS, WRI (US), Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC)
June 2016-November 2017