Harnessing the “hidden fuel” of energy efficiency offers many opportunities to help rapidly growing cities achieve energy security, energy savings, and reduce costs and emissions. To tap this potential, the World Bank is releasing a new series of guidance notes to help city leaders integrate energy efficiency options into their planning, as well as design and implement successful programs.
“Because of the critical role cities play in economic growth, urban energy efficiency measures and planning can help put national economies on a path toward green growth, with many subsequent economic, health, and environmental benefits,” said Anita Marangoly George, Senior Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice.
The notes, developed by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), focus on six key topics: procurement, financing, buildings, transport, assessments, and urban planning.
Integrating energy efficiency can also contribute to improving municipal services and increasing competitiveness, making cities more inclusive and sustainable. For example, improving public transport not only lowers energy consumption, but also reduces congestion and pollution, and increases people’s mobility – which is especially critical for people in the bottom 40 percent of income levels who need access to jobs, schools and public services.
The guidance notes give mayors and urban policymakers a range of practical options and strategies to make municipal services and city administrations much more efficient. For example, the note on procurement encourages municipalities to prioritize purchasing of energy efficiency products such as lighting and office equipment, and to explore energy savings performance contracts for renovations of energy-intensive public facilities.