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Emirates GBC Launches Regional Energy Benchmarking Program (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-04
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is touting its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project for schools. The "first-of-its-kind" in the MENA region BEA project assesses the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. The project aims to establish the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.

The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council,,

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EmiratesGBC Collaboration Promotes Building Energy Benchmarking, Eficiency (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2017-03-17
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) , in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), reports it is working with Dubai-based hotels, shopping malls and others on an energy benchmarking project to assess building efficiency.

The Benchmarking Project aims to support the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General, and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The Benchmarking Project will measure the energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai in the three focus groups of hotels, malls and schools. DSCE will support to the Benchmarking Project and mark the first BEA demonstration project in Dubai, which will serve as a referral point to advance energy efficiency of buildings in the city, and double the rate of efficiency by 2030. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, CPI Financial, 14 Mar., 2017)Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244,

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UPM Biofuels Joins below50 Sustainable Fuels Coalition (Ind. Report)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2016-11-18
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels reports it has joined the below50 coalition to promote sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions and scale up their development and use.

Any company which produces, uses or invests in fuels that are at least 50 pct less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels can join below50. Companies must publicly commit to the campaign, show evidence that supports their claim, and disclose their progress towards achieving this goal.

Below50, which was launch in June, brings together forward-thinking businesses including Audi, Dupont, Novozymes and others with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development , Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials, and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). (Source: UPM Biofuels, UPM Kymmene Corporation, 15 Nov., 2016) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP, +358 45 265 1345,,; Below50 Coalition,; Sustainable Energy for All,

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Italy Funds District Energy in Cities Initiative (Int'l, Funding)
Italian Ministry of Environment
Date: 2016-11-14
The Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea has announced new support for a UN Environment initiative aimed at doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvements for heating and cooling in buildings by 2030, thus helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The funding for the District Energy in Cities initiative, which sits under the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Partnership, will initially be aimed at district energy and cooling projects in Marrakech. The initiative is already working with Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chile, India, and Serbia.

UN Environment research shows that modern district energy systems can reduce primary energy consumption for heating and cooling of urban buildings by up to 50 pct. District energy also allows for high levels of affordable renewable energy supply, making them a key measure for cities/countries that aim to achieve 100 pct renewable energy or carbon neutral targets.

The District Energy in Cities Initiative is a partnership coordinated by UN Environment, with financial support from Danida, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and Italy. As one of five accelerators of the SE4All Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, the initiative will support market transformation efforts to shift the heating and cooling sector to energy efficient and renewable energy solutions. (Source: Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea , UNEP, Malaysia Sun, 12 Nov., 2016) Contact: Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Project Manager, Francesca De Crescenzo: +39 0 6572 28249,; Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), Communications Director, Fadwa Elatrach: +212 06 6138, 8748,; Sustainable Energy for All, Economy Division, Moira O'Brien-Malone: +33 1 44 37 76 12,

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