[Newsletter 6] Policy Tool for Renovation, New Webinar Series & More

Dear Reader, 

It is clear from the IPCC AR5 WG III Report released this week - Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change - that global warming is continuing to accelerate and that it must be the end of business as usual for all energy use sectors. Buildings remain a key focus - with the sector still contributing about 32% (more than 8 Gt) of global energy-related COemissions. I have been a contributing author to Chapter 9 which reiterates that scaling up building energy efficiency has significant potential to reduce emissions, and deliver significant co-benefits (Read our blog).

The GBPN is playing a leading role in shaping key international efforts moving in this direction - one is contributing the development of a new initiative that would accelerate the policy reform to achieve the SE4All goals. The GBPN is also working as an operating agent to assist IPEEC and the Major Economies Forum identify key policy areas for international collaboration on building performance.

The UNFCCC process is gathering momentum with a lot of attention on COP 21 to be held in Paris in 2015. GBPN is an official Observer Organisation and has been attending the ADP meetings. We are working with BPIE and industry stakeholders to demonstrate the energy and emissions savings already achieved by the building sector over the past 5 years, and what could be possible under a global climate change deal that supports the rapid scaling up of low-energy and low-emissions buildings. We are seeking partners for this initiative - so please contact us if you'd like more information.

Best wishes, 

Peter Graham, Executive Director


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Interactive Tool for Building Better Energy Renovation Policies

April 3 | Global 

The new Policy Tool for Renovation compares and analyses twelve best practice renovation policies for residential buildings from Europe and the United States, using fourteen criteria that define a “state of the art” policy package. The tool provides a first analysis of how some countries are achieving overall reductions in the energy demand from their existing building stock and a rigorously defined criteria for designing and implementing state of the art energy renovation policies. The tool is also available in Chinese providing the Chinese authorities with expertise in adapting, developing and implementing international best practice energy renovation policies. These resources are now being developed into capacity-building programs to provide regionally adapted policy analysis. To further discuss the results of the tool, join our webinar series and register to webinar #1 scheduled on April 29, 3pm CEST (see event section). 
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getting building code right - Webinar recordins available

april 4 | Global 

Video recordings of the webinar series on the "How To" of Building Energy Code Development are available. More than 300 experts and practitioners in buildings energy performance participated in the three webinars organised between November 2013 and February 2014. Three key issues were highlighted for progressive policies to be implemented: the need for a more holistic approach to code design, the development of a dynamic process with frequent revision cycles as well as proper implementation and enforcement.

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From ambitious design to implementation - An action plan for RomaniA

April 16 | Europe 

BPIE, GBPN’s European partner, organized a workshop in Bucharest early April to launch a report outlining scenarios and policy recommendations for the renovation of Romania’s building stock. Member States have to submit renovation strategies for the end of the month, as required in the Energy Efficiency Directive, article 4. BPIE supported the Romanian authorities in the process with a report and this event. Presentations were given by the Romanian Minister for Energy, representatives from the Romanian Ministry for Regional Development and Public Administration, the Principal Advisor to DG ENERGY and the Director of the French Plan Bâtiment Durable. The event was also an opportunity to present preliminary results on modelling the selected policy sets for Romania, defined within the IEE project ENTRANZE . More information and the report will be available on BPIE’s website after April 22.
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Capacity building project: financing and implementing building sector mitigation programs in Asia

April | Asia 

The GBPN Asia program is supporting emerging economies to better access carbon financing through capacity building projects. To support this, the GBPN is developing the UNEP's Common Carbon Metric into an MRV methodology and mitigation scenario tool to support NAMA Development programs for the building sector in South East Asia. Jens Laustsen, Senior Policy Expert and Advisor, and Ksenia Petrichenko, Policy Analyst, are leading this work with the governments of Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Vietnam.
The GBPN has also just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China's MOHURD to support impact assessment and benchmarking of China's building energy codes, and has welcomed a new partner – the China Association for NGO Cooperation into the network. CANGO will provide important capacity for implementation of programs in China, and also work closely with the NDRC on climate change issues. 
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march 28 | United states 

New Policy Paper released by GBPN and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), the GBPN US partner, highlights the importance to link energy codes and benchmarking and disclosure policies if we want to reduce building energy consumption.
Jayson Antonoff, U.S. director of the GBPN based in IMT's Washington, D.C. office argues the benefits of linking building energy codes with benchmarking and disclosure policies in a recent blog: How We Can Get Codes to Address Building Performance
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