Building energy efficiency: C40 and ULI join forces to reduce carbon emissions

C40 Cities and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) have formed a partnership to support C40 City officials in their efforts to reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of private buildings in each of their cities around the world. The partnership agreement was announced at ULI’s annual Asia-Pacific Real Estate Summit in Shanghai on June 5.

On average, 45 percent of total city-wide emissions are from energy consumed in buildings, approximately two-thirds of which from private buildings, according to research from C40. By equipping city officials with better strategies and more effective tools to engage private property owners in C40 cities, the C40-ULI partnership is expected to greatly impact the ability of cities to meet their energy conservation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals.

  “Energy consumption in private buildings represents one of the single largest sectors of emissions in most C40 Cities. Developing partnerships that support the efforts of city officials in C40 Cities to better understand data challenges and engage with local energy consumers is vitally important to achieving the ultimate goal of lowering total emissions from this sector,” said Director of C40 Global Initiatives Terri Wills.

ULI, with 40,000 members worldwide, is well-positioned to help connect C40 City officials to local sustainability champions, with the overall goal of reducing the energy consumption in the private sector building stock in each city.

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Yan Peng, C40 East Asia Regional Director, and Patrick L. Phillips, CEO of the Urban Land Institute

The partnership is particularly exciting for the C40 Private Sector Buildings Energy Efficiency Network, according to Jonathan Laski, C40 Director of Energy Networks, because it will “directly support the first workstream of the Network — helping city officials connect and engage with their local property market to increase collaboration and understanding about barriers relating to energy data, benchmarking and retrofitting.”
Several cities in the Network have already requested ULI’s support to better understand their local marketplace and the drivers and barriers impacting key energy efficiency decision-making, Laski said.

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The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.