Energy Efficient Cities Initiative (EECI)
Helping Cities Meet Their Energy Challenges of the New Century
- 4.9 billion people (60% of the world’s population) will inhabit cities
- Cities will consume 73% of the world’s energy
- Cities will emit 76% of the world’s greenhouse gases
- 81% of urban energy growth will come from developing countries
- Urban built up areas in developing countries will triple
The public sector represents a strategically important market for energy efficient goods and services. As a big and visible consumer, actions taken by a government to improve their energy efficiency (EE) can strongly influence its citizens.
This primer is concerned with energy use and efficiency of network-based water supply and wastewater treatment in urban areas. It focuses on the supply side of the municipal water cycle, including the extraction, treatment, and distribution of water, and collection and treatment of wastewater—activities which are directly managed by water and wastewater utilities (WWUs).
Transit bus companies in many developing countries are cash-strapped. Many cities are dominated by often old and fuel-intensive buses with high operating costs.
The Kuyasa project is an energy efficiency (EE) retrofit initiative launched in 1999 for 2,309 low-income houses in the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Through the installation of solar water heaters (SWHs), ceiling insulation, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), the project has been able to save 7.40 million kWh (34 percent) and 6,437 tons of CO2 emissions (33 percent) on an annual basis—representing an aggregated savings of 155 million kWh and 135,187 tons of CO2 emissions.
Now in its thirteenth year, the City of Vienna’s ÖkoKauf Wien (EcoBuy Vienna) Program has developed an internationally recognized model for sustainable municipal procurement.
The City of Los Angeles (LA) Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lighting project is the largest LED street lighting retrofit ever undertaken globally—a collaboration between the LA Bureau of Street Lighting, the LA Mayor’s Office, the LA Department of Water & Power, and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities Program.
The Quezon City Energy Efficiency Report documents the findings from a two week study of energy use and efficiency opportunities during February 2010. The study was undertaken as part of a wider program of work commissioned by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) to field test and validate an early version of the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative Rapid Assessment Framework (RAF).
The Rapid Assessment Framework (RAF) is designed to present a quick, first-cut, sectoral analysis on city energy use. This assessment framework prioritizes sectors with significant energy savings potential, and identifies appropriate energy efficiency interventions. The RAF covers energy efficiency across six sectors—transport, buildings, water and waste water, public lighting, solid waste, and power and heat. It is a simple, low-cost, user-friendly, and practical tool that can be applied in any socioeconomic setting.