The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) turns global expertise into action to accelerate local government implementation of building efficiency policies and programs around the world. BEA partners and municipalities are hosting and attending a variety of building efficiency side events at COP22 in Marrakech. Come join us.

Taking the Clean Energy Transformation from Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to Action

When: November 10, 2016
Where: US Center, Blue Zone
Description: This panel of U.S. clean energy companies offers its perspectives on NDCs and its practical experience deploying technology solutions to improve energy productivity, provide cleaner sources of electricity generation and transportation and elevate the efficiency, quality of life and connectivity of the built environment, both in the United States and abroad. Panelists will include BEA partners Johnson Controls, Ingersoll Rand.
Contact Organization: The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)
Contact Person: Laura Tierney (

Business Plans, NDCs and Transforming the Power Paradigm

When: November 11, 2016
Where: Room Arabian, Blue Zone
Description: Business and policy leaders discuss how to transform NDCs into clean energy action plans. With common goals of increased energy productivity, climate resilience, low-carbon electricity, smart design of buildings and the electric grid in our cities, cooperation can create low-carbon development pathways. Speakers soon to be finalized.
Contact Organization: The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
Contact Person: Laura Tierney ( and Elizabeth Beardsley (

Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Breakfast

When: November 12, 2016
Where: Kenzi Club Agdal Medina
Contact Organization: World Green Building Council (World GBC)
Contact Person: Jonathan Laski (
Description: Join BEA Partners and City Representatives to develop in-person connections and hear about city successes in building energy efficiency. Ms. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), will deliver the keynote address. Please click here to register. For more information, please contact:
Contact Organization: World Green Building Council (World GBC)
Contact Person: Jonathan Laski (

Generating Investable Low Carbon Energy Projects at the City Scale

When: November 12, 2016
Where: Green Zone, Room 3
Description: The session will cover: project identification and prioritisation; preparing business cases; generating economies of scale and a pipeline of opportunities; engaging stakeholders; financial and commercial modelling; and partnerships and governance models for implementation. Organizations involved include UNEP, Leeds City Council (TBD), and The World Bank (TBD).
Contact Organization: Carbon Trust
Contact Person: Tim Pryce (

Building Efficiency Accelerator 8 Actions Panel

When: November 14, 2016
Where: Green Zone, Nordic Pavilion
Description: Details to follow.
Contact Organization: Danfoss
Contact Person: Julia Panzer (

European Union Energy Day

When: November 14, 2016
Where: Blue Zone
Description: SEforALL partners will speak between 11 and 12:30 at the Energy for Cities section
Contact Organization: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), European Union
Contact Person: Mark Lister (

Low-Emissions Solutions Conference

When: November 14-16, 2016
Where: Blue Zone
Description: Nov 15 morning panel on “Sustainable Cities and Built Environments” includes at 12:00-1:00 “Sustainable Construction: Energy Efficiency and Construction Materials.” Organizations involved include the Government of Morocco, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD).
Contact Organization: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Contact Person: Lucy Price (

Scaling-up Financing for Energy Efficiency

When: November 15, 2016
Where: Green Zone
Description: This event aims to raise awareness on the need to massively scale-up investments for energy efficiency and the mobilization of financial institutions. It will not be limited to buildings, but the event will discuss the topic, focussing on energy efficient mortgages. Public and private financial information will discuss innovative and best practices to increased energy efficiency financing. The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) is also involved. More information can be found here.
Contact Organization: UNEP Finance Initiative
Contact Person: Sarah Challe (

Financing Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries

When: November 16, 2016
Where: Blue Zone, Arabian Room
Description: Improving energy efficiency in domestic housing, industry and small businesses is essential to reduce GHG emissions and enhance climate resilience. But financing such measures is challenging, as many individual households or companies are to be addressed. This side event will present good practice examples and explore financing options. Organizations involved include the KfW Development Bank and the Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity (GERES).
Contact Organization: Carbon Trust
Contact Person: Simon Retallack (

Iskandar Malaysia Green Initiatives

When: November 16, 2016
Where: Malaysia Pavilion
Description: Iskandar Malaysia in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will host this session, featuring the city’s green initiatives, including:

  • Low Carbon Society: a case of Science to Action (S2A)

  • Implementation of Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025

  • Smart City Iskandar Malaysia

  • Case Study: the Development of Forest City

Contact Organization: Iskandar Regional Development Authority
Contact Person: Maimunah Jaffar (