Global cities are leading the way in attempting to reduce their carbon footprints. A bank deal brokered by Bill Clinton, who brought together UBS, Citibank, Deutsche, JP Morgan and ABN Amro will target $5bn into a Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Programme .
London Mayor Ken Livingston plans to call in tenders within three months to refit the GLA and other public buildings with insulation, efficient air conditioning and green energy capability such as Combined Cooling Heat and Power and on–site renewables. The 900 buildings run by the Greater London Authority group alone, could save more than 50,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, and save at least one million pounds through lower energy bills, it is claimed.
The programme will offer building owners a package with three elements: (1) an energy audit to quantify current energy use and emissions from a building and recommendations on a full range of measures to reduce them, (2) a comprehensive, discounted offer of goods and services guaranteed to deliver the identified reductions, and (3) finance to pay for the works, paid back through the guaranteed energy savings.
The C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group was set up by the Mayor of London with the express objective of reducing greenhouse gases from urban areas. In order to achieve this, the C40 entered into a partnership arrangement with the Clinton Climate Initiative, whereby the Clinton Climate Initiative would develop programmes that would help cities drive forward action.
Other cities in the programme include Chicago, New York, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Mexico City, Berlin, Johannesburg, Delhi, Karachi, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Melbourne, and Sao Paulo. The participating energy services companies are Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Siemens and Trane.
Further details here from the GLA.
Further information on the C40 programme here where you can track the progress of each city involved. That’s the power of internet!