The Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB) was initiated jointly by the French and German Governments at the COP 22 in November 2016. It is catalysed by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC). As such, PEEB supports the implementation of the GABC roadmap “Towards low GHG and resilient buildings” in its first partner countries. Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Vietnam are the first partner countries.

PEEB is a partnership programme implemented by the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Agence de l‘Environnement et de la Maitrise de l‘Energie (ADEME) in partnership with the governmental and non-governmental entities from the countries in which the programme is implemented. 




  • The mobilisation of investments in Energy Efficiency in buildings, financed by international and local institutions.
  • The implementation of large scale buildings construction, renovation and rehabilitation projects or programmes.
  • The transformation of the construction sector and implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) related to buildings.

The Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB) supports the implementation of the roadmap of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) “Towards low GHG and resilient buildings”.  


What are PEEB's objectives?

  • PEEB aims to significantly transform the construction sector by promoting sustainable building design and construction.
  • Its goal is to reduce the energy demand in the building sector, and hence reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to a minimal level in a cost-effective manner while leveraging untapped social, ecological and economic benefits.
  • PEEB will mobilize investments in energy efficient buildings, financed by international and local institutions.
Impacts & Benefits

The reasons to act

The buildings and construction sectors combined are responsible for 36% of the global final energy consumption and for nearly 40% of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions (IEA, Energy technology perspectives, 2017).

Progress towards sustainable buildings is being made, but improvements are not keeping up with a growing buildings sector and rising demand for energy services.

Energy efficiency in buildings, including the use of low carbon and local materials, has an enormous mitigation potential. Still it currently mobilises only a very small proportion of climate investment, particularly in developing and emerging countries.

The buildings and construction sectors are vital for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The central aim of the Paris Agreement is “to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” The agreement also aims at increasing the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, and at making finance flows consistent with a low GHG emissions and climate-resilient pathway.

The Paris Agreement requests each country to outline and communicate their post-2020 climate actions through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to raise the ambition of these efforts in the years ahead.

Most submitted NDCs still lack any substantial contributions to mitigation in buildings (UNEP. Global Status Report 2017). The current worldwide NDC ambitions, for example, only cover around 13% of the CO2 emissions of the global building sector. A strong effort is needed to expand upon the current country commitments and to transform the building sector in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Reducing the energy demand in buildings and, thus, the buildings sector emissions, also contributes to achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations Development Programme. Above all, Goals 7: “Affordable and Clean Energy”, 9: “Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure”, 11: “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and 13: “Climate Action”.

As a primary goal and outcome of the Habitat III global summit which took place in Quito in October 2016, the UN member states agreed on the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The NUA promotes a "sustainable integrated urban development" in which, amongst other aspects, energy efficient and resilient buildings need to be embedded. 


PEEB is an advisory facility that promotes innovative solutions, supports countries’ public policy-making, builds the required capacities, and assists the development and delivery of policy measures and investments on energy-efficient buildings.

PEEB also supports its partners to mobilise additional financial resources for relevant investment projects thanks to the ability of its implementing agencies as financial entities accredited by other donors to channel and manage their funds.


This map does not necessarily reflect the positions under international law of the governments of the donor countries or countries of implementation.



The Programme has different governance bodies. At the strategic level the Project Orientation Committee is meeting once a year. At the implementing level PEEB has set up the steering committee and the PEEB Secretariat.



The PEEB team is multinational and located in seven countries. We cooperate with and work in our partner countries and on international levels. In addition to our advisors on-site, we also have advisors in our joint countries, France and Germany.