The Accelerating Net Zero Cities project (formerly Cities Climate Action project), setup in 2019, aims to set cities on the decarbonisation pathway in the built environment. It pairs WorldGBC’s Advancing Net Zero Programme with the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) and Green Building Councils across the Americas in order to support cities with the transition to net zero. Starting from a focus on design and implementation of energy efficiency policies, the project also informs cities about net zero targets and facilitates the sharing of knowledge and best practices, supported by a network of private companies and NGOs.
Between 2019 – 2020, with the leadership of the Green Building Councils, four policies for increased building efficiency have been approved in the cities of Bogota and Monteria in Colombia, and at the state level in Campeche and Yucatan in Mexico. Another ten policies are currently in development across Latin America in countries like Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. Read more in our Impact Report here.
Ensuring that the policies currently under development go through to implementation.
Cities/states advance their mechanisms for reporting and verification in order to measure real time energy and carbon savings.
Including new cities/states with ambitious net zero targets into the programme.
Drafting national decarbonisation roadmaps for the building and construction sector in countries such as Colombia, where the work we have done with the BEA has advanced both existing and new policies in various cities and states
Achieving a net zero built environment can only become a reality through radical cross-sector collaboration, including all members of the value chain. Together we will scale up the achievements of the cities and states involved in the project towards national dialogues. At WorldGBC we know that the solutions to energy efficient, net zero buildings already exist, so it is our mission to galvanise the important work of our global network and catalyse sustainable buildings for everyone everywhere.
Watch this video produced by Colombia Green Building Council to learn more about the BEA (in Spanish with English subtitles).