Outreach and Partnerships

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To enable cities to access various resources and skills, Energy Efficient Cities works and shares information with similar internal and external global programs.

Since its launch, Energy Efficient Cities has directly worked with the following cities:


  • Durban (South Africa)

  • Lviv (Ukraine)

  • Quezon City (The Philippines)

  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • Vienna (Austria)

  • Tianjin (China)

  • Zarqa (Jordan)


 In addition, Energy Efficient Cities has joined forces with the following World Bank programs, sectors and initiatives:

  • Low Carbon and Livable Cities (LC2) initiative | LC2 offers a comprehensive package of support that targets climate-smart urban development, and can help cities tap their full emissions reduction potential.  EECI is providing technical assistance for the energy efficiency components of LC2. For example, in the Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program, ESMAP’s TRACE was used to identify two potential energy efficiency investments: efficient street lighting using LEDs and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal buildings, such as schools and hospitals. Going forward, ESMAP’s City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative will provide technical assistance for the implementation of the energy efficiency portfolio under Rio’s Low-Carbon City Development Program. 

  • Transport | Energy Efficient Cities supports the Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) program, a series of training events around the world to develop client capabilities in urban mobility planning and management. The program was developed by the World Bank’s Transport Anchor. Other supporters include the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the French Agency for Development (AFD), the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), and other partners.

  • Transport and Water sectors | ESMAP provides financing for energy efficient urban transport and urban water and sanitation initiatives presented by Bank teams working in cities.


Examples of activities supported include:

  1. Achieving energy efficient urban transport in cities in Latin America; 

  2. Colombia low carbon urban transport technical assistance; 

  3. India: Efficient and sustainable city bus services – capacity building program in fuel efficiency,” in transport; 

  4. Building the energy knowledge base for water institutions in the Latin America and Caribbean region;

  5. Wholesaling energy efficiency in water utilities in the Danube region in Europe and Central Asia;

  6. Assessments of the interactions between the power and water supply sectors in Kenya and Malawi in Africa; and

  7. Energy management for water utility program for the Middle East and North Africa region, in water energy efficiency.


  • Urban | In coordination with the Bank’s Urban Sector Board, Energy Efficient Cities launched the City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI), a three-year US$9 million program to help cities improve municipal services, enhance competitiveness, achieve cost savings, and reduce environmental impact through energy efficiency.

  • Carbon Finance | Energy Efficient Cities liaises with the World Bank’s Carbon Finance to help cities access carbon financing.

  • Cities Alliance | Energy Efficient Cities' partnership with Cities Alliance supports cities as they prepare city development strategies. Energy Efficient Cities' support provides cities with direct technical assistance to incorporate energy efficiency initiatives.


Under this partnership, Energy Efficient Cities 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). (Download Report).


  • World Bank Institute | Energy Efficient Cities is joining forces with the World Bank Institute to mainstream energy savings performance contracts into city procurement practices.

  • Ecological Cities as Economic Cities (Eco2 Cities) | Energy Efficient Cities 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 Climate Change | Energy Efficient Cities has joined forces with the World Bank Institute in the production of several e-learning modules, including city energy efficiency assessments (TRACE) and energy efficient public procurement. Currently both teams are working on the development of sectoral modules that will be the basis of the capacity building component of the City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI).    


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Practitioners' Workshops and Global Forums

 Energy Efficient Cities 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.

Energy Efficient Cities has later sponsored other Practitioners Workshops and participated in several Global Forums.


Additionally, Energy Efficient Cities participated in several global forums:



Practitioners' Workshop

Energy Efficient Cities Practicioners' 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 Program [formerly known as 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.

Energy Efficient Cities 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 Energy Efficient Cities knowledge products and experiences to date and support potential new World Bank investment operations.


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