Network Overview

The Municipal Building Efficiency (MBE) Network exists to support city efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings they own, lease, and manage.

Energy consumed in buildings accounts for around 50% of C40 city emissions, on average, and as much as 75% for many cities. Municipal buildings contribute a significant proportion of building emissions in a diverse range of C40 cities and they offer a large opportunity for rapid action. Cities have a high degree of control over their municipal buildings, meaning they can directly introduce energy efficiency improvements, reduce energy consumption, cut their emissions and save public money. Municipal buildings can also act as flagships to pilot new ideas, demonstrate leadership, and inspire other building owners and users.

Municipal Building Efficiency Network Focus Areas

The MBE Network works to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings that cities own, lease and manage. Participating cities in the network have prioritized the following focus areas and are actively sharing policies and strategies with one another through the Network. The focus areas are:

Data - how to build up data on municipal energy use, analyse it, and then target future action

Finance - how to source and structure funding for municipal energy efficiency which lasts into the long-term

Behaviour - how to persuade inhabitants of municipal buildings to take up energy saving themselves

Governance - how to embed energy efficiency as a priority across departments within municipal government

The Municipal Building Efficiency Network is led by Cape Town.

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