Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy

District Energy in Cities organizes Partner Working Session at SEforALL Forum to accelerate action through finance flows

02/052018

City-level action is critical for advancing sustainable development and achieving national and international climate and energy goals. Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) and District Energy in Cities Initiative (DES) co-organized this partner working session to gather private and public sector to facilitate discussions on how to leverage investments in energy efficiency while ensuring that energy efficiency approaches are inclusive.

This interactive session will highlight representative and replicable case studies from the two accelerators in which cities successfully overcame barriers to finance to convert energy efficiency ambitions into real project implementation.

Case studies will be drawn from two SEforALL Energy Efficiency Accelerators that work primarily at the local government level – Building Efficiency Accelerator and the District Energy in Cities Initiative – recognizing the unique role of cities and urban communities in enabling progress on energy efficiency towards the achievement of SDG 7.

Panelists will discuss the role of the private sector, technical solutions and engagement with national and local authorities as part of practical assistance offered by BEA and DES to cities in developing countries and emerging economies.

Participants will examine what lessons can be learned from these cases, how they can be replicated in other cities around the world and discuss pathways to set and achieve ambitious targets needed to move cities from planning and pilots to partnerships and programs as quickly as possible.

By sharing experiences about projects being implemented on the ground, participants will gain new insights, inspiration and renewed interest for replication globally and an understanding of the opportunity and challenge of scaling-up action through leveraging increased investment. Both large and small cities will showcase project examples in line with the Forum's theme of "Leaving No One Behind," contributing toward giving everyone in the community access to sustainable energy and the benefits of improved comfort, health, wellness, safety, productivity and economic development that come from improved energy efficiency.

Confirmed participants include: potential financiers, including private sector technologies and service providers and multilateral development banks, but also the public officials (city, municipal, state, national) and other global and local partners wanting to learn more about the opportunities of energy efficiency implementation at the local level.

Sustainable Energy for All Forum:

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum returns in 2018 as the landmark, annual gathering celebrating the great work organizations and individuals all around the world are doing to bring affordable, clean energy to all and power a revolution in energy productivity.

On May 2–3, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, we will create a marketplace for leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss their successes and share ideas for replicating and scaling them.

Recent data on progress – including the launch of the Global Tracking Framework’s fourth edition on the delivery of universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy and doubling the global rate on energy efficiency improvements by 2030 - will be unveiled during the two-day event.

For more information, please contact: Forum@SEforALL.org(link sends e-mail) and follow #SEforALLforum.

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