CEETI: An Initiative Fostering Energy Efficient Cities
The World Bank Group launched the City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI) on November 18th at the Citi Sense Workshop in Barcelona. CEETI was announced at the Citi Sense Workshop, and in the future it will help urban leaders integrate energy efficiency into the core of city planning through programs that build their capacity, map out citywide efficiency strategies, and facilitate access to development financing.
This initiative is a collaborative effort of the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice (WBICC), Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), and the Information and Communications Technologies Unit (ICT), as well as with the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) and the Collaborative Labelling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP).
“Cities are keen to adopt energy efficiency in their planning, as this would not only save energy but in the long run be effective on their budgets too,” said Samira El Khamlichi, Task Manager, WBI Climate Change Practice. “We at WBICC will work towards on the capacity building component of CEETI and aim to develop training modules customized on energy efficiency for cities.”
“CEETI will have a significant capacity development component because knowledge products, such as the e-learning course on ‘How to USE TRACE,’ provide a well established basis to further accelerate energy efficiency uptake in cities,” said Neeraj Prasad, Manager of the WBI Climate Change Practice. WBI’s TRACE - Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy - which is deployed in 27 cities of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, furthers the CEETI initiative in identifying potential energy efficiency improvements by targeting underperforming sectors and prioritizing interventions. The CEETI initiative will advance with the overall goal to help cities in developing countries realize cost savings and improve services for residents while reducing local pollution and green house gas emissions.