The U.S. Green Building Council and Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) have joined the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, a program of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
The Accelerator Platform and its members are committed to the goal of doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. Launched at the September 2014 UN Climate Summit, the Accelerator Platform aims to unite key stakeholders to catalyze a major scaling up of energy efficiency activities with a collaborative program of technical and financial assistance.
“The Platform is driving real change through its dynamic public-private partnership approach,” notes USGBC President Roger Platt. “Globally, buildings account for about one-third of energy use and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. With green, energy-efficient buildings and green building programs like LEED, we can achieve 25 to 50 percent reductions in energy, which also helps mitigate climate change, save money, create jobs, and improve the health and environment in communities.”
Accelerator Platform teams will engage with national and sub-national leaders to support action at the country, city, state, regional and sector levels, together with donors and other supporters. In addition, it is poised to support the emissions reduction goals as negotiators work toward a global climate agreement in Paris next year.