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A young and growing population in Vietnam means there is a huge demand for new housing. Especially young urban families with one or two children are in critical need for affordable housing. Just until 2025, more than 100,000 apartments are needed.

Following the success of previous programmes, the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction (MOC) is preparing a new National Housing Programme for low-income households. For this new programme, the Ministry wants the housing solutions to be highly energy efficient. This will save greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets, while reducing energy bills for its inhabitants.

The concept for the new Housing Programme aims to stimulate both, supply and demand:

  • Green loans to mid-income households with a duration of about 15 years (market demand)
  • Green credits to energy efficient housing investors within a term of 3-5 years (market supply).

PEEB supports the development of the new Housing programme: the French Development Agency AFD analyses appropriate financing schemes, and the German Technical Cooperation GIZ conducts a Technical Feasibility Study. The French Environment and Energy Management Agency ADEME contributes its experience working with housing developers in Vietnam on well-adapted bioclimatic design solutions.

In June 2019, the AFD energy task team leader, Mr. Fabrice Juquois, visited the Ministry of Construction in Hanoi and the President of the Vietnam Real Estate Association (VNREA), Mr. Nguyen Tran Nam.

There are signs that public financing to the real estate market will be tightened, moreover, the real estate market is showing positive signs towards green buildings. Nguyen Tran Nam, president of the Vietnam Real Estate Association, pointed to the great potential for green buildings. In addition, green building opportunities do not solely depend on businesses, but also on buyers’ awareness and decisions.

Therefore, PEEB´s technical assistance to the Ministry of Construction to review the legal framework and the development of green building opportunities with additional funding comes just at the right time. 

(published 28.03.2019)

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Building codes are nothing without the people working to enforce them. Many countries have adopted ambitious and comprehensive requirements for energy-efficient buildings. The challenge now is to get public and private developers to respect these standards.

Morocco is such a country. The comprehensive Building Energy Efficiency Code (known as RTCM) entered into force in 2015. Nevertheless, getting compliance and enforcement on a large scale is still a challenge, as many project developers are not familiar with the new regulations.

Agents of the Moroccan Ministry of National Territory Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy are essential actors to ensure the mandatory national regulations are respected. At the regional level for example, housing and city policy departments of the Ministry are responsible for the compliance of social housing buildings with national standards. Building constructors must respect these standards to receive compliance certificates. Only then can they benefit from tax exemptions that are provided by the state to encourage investments in social housing. An excellent grasp of the legislative, institutional, and regulatory framework of energy efficiency in buildings in Morocco is essential for this task.

 

Two trainings were organised by the Ministry and PEEB in March 2019 to support technical staff working in the central and regional departments of Housing and City Policy. The trainings provided knowledge about the standards and actors in the field, as well as practical examples. Public and private real estate developers presented how they comply with the requirements of the RTCM to prove that the RTCM can be applied.

As a result, staff feel confident to integrate energy efficiency measures in buildings. This is particularly relevant in the context of Morocco’s national administrations exemplarity program which encourages public administrations to be a role model in implementing the national sustainable development strategy.

(published 28.03.2019)

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Mexico is a pioneer in climate change policies and has ambitious targets for mitigation in the building sector. With its NDC, the country aims to unconditionally reduce the GHG emissions of the Residential and Commercial Sectors in 2030 by 18%. That is a reduction of 5 MtCO2e in relation to the trend scenario.

source: INECC 2018

Hospitals and hotels everywhere are large consumers of energy. In Mexico, hospitals consume about 220 and 350 kWh/m2 per year, that is about two times of the energy consumption of residential buildings, and hotels consume around 120-200 kWh/m2 annually. Mexico’s boom presents both an opportunity and a challenge: For the period 2005- 2030 the Mexican government projects the construction of 100 Mio m2 of educational buildings, 40 Mio m2 of hotels, 30 Mio m2 of commercial buildings and about 10 Mio m2 of new hospitals.

PEEB invited private developers and builders to discuss how energy efficiency can be integrated in large-scale projects for hotels, hospitals and commercial buildings. The private sector participants showed a strong interest in taking action. However, participants saw a huge need for advice on how to design energy efficient building projects and financing schemes with more attractive conditions to include these additional measures.

Discussions with the Mexican development bank Bancomext, Carbon Trust and CI Banco pointed the following tasks to make large-scale financing for EE in buildings more attractive:

• Developing new EE credit products
• Incorporating potential energy and operation cost savings into the financial analysis
• Developing Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) with state governments
• Providing international support for energy diagnostics as developers do lack knowledge and resources to conduct them as part of their feasibility studies
• Grouping various projects to make them attractive for national or international financing
• Developing green bonds (> 50 Mio US$)

PEEB is currently in discussions with the Foundation HELVEX, the Initiative Innovation Mexico and the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to identify suitable hotel and hospital projects for PEEB support. 

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At a Welcome Ceremony for new countries on December 11th, 2018 in the French Pavilion at COP24, Ms Brune Poirson, French State Secretary to the Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition and Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter German State Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Environment, Natural Conservation and Nuclear Safety welcomed testimonials on the importance of energy efficiency in buildings from existing members of the GlobalABC, an initiative launched at COP21 as part of the Lima Paris Action Agenda, and the PEEB, a global joint French-German initiative to promote energy efficiency in buildings, on a large scale.


Both GlobalABC and PEEB partners recognize that progress towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector is essential to achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the targets of the New Urban Agenda as set by the United Nations. Progress towards sustainable buildings and construction is made, but improvements are still not keeping up with the increases in floor space. To be on track to meet global climate ambitions set forth in the Paris Agreement, energy intensity per square meter of the global buildings sector needs to improve on average by 30% by 2030 (compared to 2015).


The GlobalABC aims to mobilise all stakeholders, including member states and non-state actors from the Buildings and Construction sector to scale up climate actions in the sector. The PEEB was initiated jointly by France and Germany and is catalysed by the GlobalABC. The PEEB promotes innovative solutions, supports countries’ public policy-making, builds the required capacities, and assists the development and delivery of policy measures and investments in energy-efficient buildings. PEEB also supports its partners to mobilise additional financial resources for relevant investment projects.

The following partners signed a letter of interest to cooperate with PEEB:
The Ministry for Environment and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Ivory Coast represented by His Excellency Professor Joseph séka SEKA, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development who emphasized how the PEEB and GlobalABC memberships might allow Côte d’Ivoire to achieve two of the main objectives of its Nationally Determined Contributions:

  • The development of national regulation pertaining to the energy efficiency of buildings
  • The training of all actors of the building value chain on the construction of low energy buildings.


The Ministry of Energy responsible for natural resources of the Republic of Djibouti, represented at the event by Mr. Dini Omar, General Secretary of the Ministry of Habitat, Urbanism and Environment underlined the relevance of partnering with GlobalABC and PEEB to lower the energy bill both for households and private companies.
Nigeria, which is a country with a rapidly growing building sector, through the Ministry for Power, Works and Housing, expressed its interest through a letter to partner with PEEB. The Federal Republic of Nigeria considers energy efficiency as a key factor for ensuring the sustainable, affordable and reliable development of the energy sector.

 

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100 participants, 12 countries, 2 days, 1 question: How do Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey translate their ambitious climate goals into concrete action in the buildings and construction sector?

The Global Alliance for Building and Construction (GlobalABC) and the Moroccan Ministry of National Spatial Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy, supported by the Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB), organised this regional Round Table in Rabat, Morocco, on 22-23 October 2018.

It provided a platform to share strategies for:

  • Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets for the building sector and NDC implementation;
  • Resilience and Adaptation in the building sector;
  • Measurement, Reporting and Verification for mitigation actions in the building sector;
  • Financing needs and availabilities for energy efficiency measures in buildings that meet and exceed building code regulations.

Energy efficiency in buildings and construction is a hot topic for the countries of the region. There is an urgent need for action to mitigate emissions, but also for adaptation to a changing climate. According to GlobalABC's 2017 Global Assessment of the buildings and construction sector, the sector accounts for nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions. In the North African and Mediterranean region, the residential sector represents between 30% and 40% of the total energy efficiency potential, and no less than 50 million new residential buildings are to be built in the region by 2040.

The workshops identified two major short-term goals: the development and implementation of energy-efficient urban development strategies and the widespread integration of energy efficiency measures in new buildings. In the medium term, existing buildings should be targeted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate-related risks. Furthermore, the energy requirements of household appliances must be reduced and a general decarbonisation of energy supply must be pursued.


The Round Table in Morocco took place as part of the regional adaptation of the Global Roadmap for an energy-efficient, climate-resistant and low-CO2 building sector.

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