We are now identifying and structuring our first interventions; this is what we call initiatives to facilitate the commercial deployment of clean energy in a specific sector, technology or region. The first of these are already taking form:
1 Billion m2
This is an effort to promote residential positive energy buildings that is driven by REEEP and the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN).
Designed to promote energy efficiency in buildings in emerging economies in the residential sector and engage with global actors in the field, “1 Billion m2” sets a work programme that will help deliver the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal on energy.
The project’s main challenge consists in reversing the mainstream trend around building performance by making buildings become net energy providers, instead of energy users, in all climates and for all consumers, rich and poor.
To achieve its mission, “1 Billion m2” will develop:
- Technical and practical tools, knowhow and training for the construction of energy positive buildings in key countries and ensure their use;
- A community of practice, bringing together actors in the field of social housing who stand up and are counted for a future in which buildings are net energy contributors.
The initiative was officially announced on 21 May 2013 at an EE Global Intensive Learning Session in Washington, D.C. (pictured above), an event designed to gain stakeholder feedback on the initiative.
Urban Transport Data Exchange
The transport sector is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions - transport-related GHG emissions are projected to increase by 57% (2005-2030) and by over 80% by 2050.
Working together, REEEP, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the World Wide Web Foundation intend to harness the power of Linked Open Data to improve decision-making and planning to ensure low carbon, sustainable transport systems. Linking and opening up data will help the urban transport sector in a number of ways:
- unlocking political support and investment decisions
- improving local transit service planning
- improving operational performance
- increasing passengers’ access to information
The intervention will target Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mexico City, and one city each in India and Brazil. The idea is to work with the local government, transport planners and operators in each city to collect the data they hold and share it via an open data platform, and then to develop tools and analyses based on the data to compare outcomes.
The Urban Transport Data Exchange will initially build on ITDP’s existing work in developing the Bus Rapid Transit Standard and sharing data on design characteristics of BRT systems in 36 cities via ChinaBRT.org.
Services for interventions to draw upon
Project Call Facility
For interventions, our aim is to establish how to best unleash market transformation. With our project call facility, we can investigate and examine a specific market – based on topic, sector, and region – and find those business models that work in a specific context.
This brings two advantages:
- We identify and test successful projects and project implementers;
- We aggregate lessons about what works and what the barriers are in that specific market.
Together with a strong partner, REEEP is developing further financing solutions for successful business models. These should help to cover the investment gap between the current REEEP grants and a level of investment at approximately €5 million. REEEP and our partner plan to launch this new offer in 2013, and it will make a useful tool for sector- or region-specific interventions.
Opening up public energy and climate data for public re-use can unleash vast new potential for the clean energy market. As a leader in Linked Open Data, REEEP can provide expert support and advice for intervention-related organisations that are seeking to open up their data sets.
The reegle.info website is a best-practice example of how a major website can draw information from other sources using this new open format (RDF), and create Country Energy Profiles. REEEP’s IT and Operations Director Florian Bauer recently co-authored Linked Open Data: The Essentials, a quick-start guide for organisations seeking to open up their data sets.
As experts in their respective geographic areas, REEEP Regional Secretariats are instrumental partners, from the analysis and taking a champion role in identifying new opportunities, to ensuring monitoring during and after implementation.