Outreach and Partnerships
To enable cities to access various resources and skills, EECI works and shares information with similar internal and external global programs.
Since its launch, EECI has directly worked with the following cities:
- Durban (South Africa)
- Gaziantep (Turkey)
- Lviv (Ukraine)
- Quezon City (The Philippines)
- Vienna (Austria)
- Tianjin (China)
- Zarqa (Jordan)
In addition, EECI has joined forces with the following World Bank programs:
Carbon Finance | EECI liaises with the World Bank’s Carbon Finance to help cities access carbon financing.
Cities Alliance | EECI's partnership with Cities Alliance supports cities as they prepare city development strategies. EECI support provides cities with direct technical assistance to incorporate energy efficiency initiatives.
Under this partnership, EECI also assisted the Zarqa Municipality, Jordan in developing a detailed energy-efficient urban mobility plan for easy access to the proposed public transport terminal using an efficient public bus transportation system, and identify specific projects for the city downtown area. This urban mobility project in Zarqa was implemented alongside Jordan’s regional development agenda. The project is linked with the Cities Alliance grant to prepare inputs for a broader City Development Strategy intended to inform a new Zarqa Master Plan being developed by Jordan’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MOMA). (Click here to access the report)
Ecological Cities as Economic Cities (Eco2 Cities) | EECI participated in the development of the World Bank’s Eco2 Cities program and has prepared the Energy and Cities chapter of the Eco2 Cities’ book.
World Bank Institute | EECI is joining forces with the World Bank Institute to mainstream energy savings performance contracts into city procurement practices.
EECI also fosters information sharing with external global institutions, including:
- Alliance to Save Energy
- Andra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (India)
- APEC Cooperative Energy Efficiency Design for Sustainability
- Association of Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine
- CAIXA Development Bank
- Clinton Climate Initiative
- International Energy Agency
- Institute of Research and Urban Planning for Curitiba(Brazil)
- Korea Transport Institute
- Local Governments for Sustainability(ICLEI)
- Singapore Institute of Planners
- Swedish Energy Agency
- World Resources Institute
Practitioners Workshops and Global Forums
EECI was designed based on ideas and suggestions that came out of a Practitioners Workshop held in October 2008 and attended by over 10 city representatives and potential partners. EECI has later sponsored other Practitioners Workshops and participated in several Global Forums.
EECI Practicioner's Workshop
Recognizing that cities face major challenges to meet ever-increasing energy needs to provide municipal services and fuel economic growth, ESMAP, in collaboration with the World Bank’s Urban Anchor, invited city representatives and potential partners to a Practitioner Roundtable Discussion held in October 2008 to discuss how energy efficiency can help.
City leaders from Amman, Antalya, eThekwini (Durban), Lviv, Mexico City, Odessa, Quezon City, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, and Tianjin came together to discuss the successes and challenges they experienced so far with implementing energy efficiency programs and how the World Bank and other international partners can help. Organizations, such as ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), Clinton Climate Initiative, UN Habitat, Columbia University, City Indicators Facility, and Cities Alliance, were also invited to speak at the Roundtable and share their experiences working with cities to implement energy efficient projects.
Based on these discussions and further consultations, ESMAP launched the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative (EECI), a cross-cutting and demand-driven program, to help cities around the world meet their energy challenges. The initiative offers innovative ways to improve energy efficiency in the delivery of city services and reduce the costs and environmental impacts of energy. Learn more.
EECI has sponsored and participated in two regional practitioners’ workshops on Energy Efficiency and cities in June 2010, including Financial and Technical Solutions for Sustainable Cities (Brasilia, Brazil) and Energy Efficient Cities in Russia: Preparing, Financing and Implementing Municipal Energy Efficiency Programs (Kazan, Russia) to share EECI knowledge products and experiences to date and support potential new World Bank investment operations.
Additionally, EECI participated in several global forums:
- APEC CEEDS Workshop (Hong Kong, January 2011)
- Sustainable Buildings Network Conference (Paris, November 2010)
- 21st World Energy Congress (Montreal, September 2010)
- The APEC Cooperative Energy Efficiency Design for Sustainability (CEEDS) Workshop (Bangkok, September 2010)
- The Energy Efficiency Global Forum Presentation and Interview (Washignton, DC, May 2010)
- The West African Regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency (Ouagadougou, April 2010)
- USEA Energy Efficiency Regulatory Training (Washington, May 2010)
- The Energy Efficiency Public Procurement training session at the World Bank’s SDN Week (January 2010)
- Two parallel sessions at the World Bank’s 5th Urban Research Symposium– Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda (Marseilles, June 2009)
- Senior policy seminar on Climate Change, Housing and Livable Cities in Asia and Africa (Singapore, June 2009)
- Energy Efficiency Global Forum (Paris, April 2009)
- Energy Efficiency in Cities session at the World Bank’s Energy Week (Washington, March 2009)
- International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (CLEI) Local Government climate Session side event at COP-14 (Poznan, December 2008)