REEEP and the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) have signed an MoU committing the two organisations to co-operating on promoting energy efficiency in buildings.
GBPN is a globally organised and regionally focused network whose mission is to advance best practice policies that can significantly reduce energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions from buildings. Launched by the ClimateWorks Foundation in 2011 as a non-profit best-practice network, the GBPN is unique in that it has both a mandate to advance knowledge and expertise globally on building energy performance and the structure to achieve it. The organisation has regional hubs in China, India, Europe, and the U.S.; its four priority regions.
REEEP and GBPN will develop a concrete work programme for up to three years, defining tangible outputs. First on the agenda is the development of "1 billion m2", a major initiative to popularise the feasibility and desirability of net energy positive housing, and engagement with a variety of actors in the field to form a broad coalition.
"Energy efficiency in buildings is a critical element in achieving CO2 reduction and providing a better living environment, particularly in emerging markets," says Martin Hiller, REEEP's Director General, "and jointly with GBPN, we are ideally placed to tackle this issue. We'll be outlining the 1 billion m2 initiative on net energy positive buildings shortly, and look forward to getting feedback from other major stakeholders at EE Global."