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Are green buildings more expensive than others? How can I calculate the lifetime cost of a project? How can I convince a bank to finance my project? What national and international sources support energy efficiency in buildings? These and other questions were on the agenda in an online training on financing energy efficiency in buildings in Senegal. 45 professionals from the building sector participated, ranging from architects, engineers and project developers to university lecturers and bankers. 

The course covered the following topics: 

  • Understanding of the economic and environmental dimensions of energy efficiency in buildings, from the local to the international level
  • Technical requirements for design and operation 
  • Financial methods and evaluation criteria for energy-efficient projects
  • Financing options, business plans, and risk assessments


Planned as 'live' trainings in Dakar in April, these trainings were quickly turned into online trainings and the consultant recorded the sessions for an online platform. Participants working from home watched these videos, engaged in discussions online, worked on exercises and joined weekly live sessions with the teachers. A repetition of the training course for a new cohort is in discussion. 

The training modules on financing energy efficiency in buildings were developed by PEEB and used in trainings in Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia and Vietnam. 

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