How Private Sector Led Partnerships Can Drive Energy Efficiency Investment in Global Cities

Roland Hunziker, William Sisson, Gavin Dillingham, Peter Graham, Michael Scharpf

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) embarked in 2013 on an experiment to determine whether a localized and coordinated effort, led by the private sector, can drive the uptake in energy efficiency investment in global markets. The experimental project is called EEB 2.0 (Energy Efficient Buildings). The WBSCD has operated in 10 cities around the globe to evaluate how engagement of public and private stakeholders within the building ecosystem can lead to unlocking energy efficiency co-benefits that could increase market-wide energy efficiency investment. In total, the project has convened over 1000 stakeholders around the world that have willingly come together to discuss and recommend actions that address local market challenges in energy efficiency investment. Multi-stakeholder EEB platforms have been established in seven out of the ten markets to date with noted increase
in public-private energy efficiency activity in these places. The WBCSD brings together motivated regional representatives to form a technical committee responsible for managing a stakeholder engagement and assisting with market
analysis, called the EEB Laboratory (EEB Lab). The EEB Lab is held by the committee over a three day period to conduct targeted interviews and hold workshops to analyze and report out findings. This sets the stage for a public commitment of resulting actions from the Lab event. The participants are encouraged to develop actions plans, and begin implementation, in some
cases coordinate with city officials, to overcome barriers. Using the Houston Lab as a reference, this paper presents an analysis of the key factors impacting the efficacy of the EEB Labs held to date in nine other locations. The analysis demonstrates how influential local governance structures and available and adequate resources are on program impact, and informs optimal strategies for such business-led engagement strategies. While the intent outlined above is the
principle objective, it’s still too soon to fully assess whether the model has made substantive impact. However, in the markets where engagements have occurred, there has been demonstrated market interest to support the Labs, establishment of several EEB platforms, and in most cases a continuation of committed local resources working to address local issues. Updates on progress of these EEB platforms are regularly posted on the WBCSD website.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Place of PublicationWashington, D.C. USA
PublisherAmerican Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: From Components to Systems, From Buildings to Communities - Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, United States of America
Duration: 21 Aug 201626 Aug 2016


Conference2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: From Components to Systems, From Buildings to Communities
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityPacific Grove
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