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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Active City-Community Engagement to Leverage Emissions Reduction through Activities that Transform Energy-use

What we are doing

Buildings are responsible for one-third of global energy demand and one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. Recognizing the potential in building efficiency, the Philippines enacted the Philippines Green Building Code (PGBC) in 2015. The code is mandatory for all new construction or alteration of buildings with a defined total gross floor area. According to the Department of Public Works and Highways, the country will prevent 1.9 million tons of CO2 emissions if the code is properly implemented. After almost three years since its enactment, the uptake of green building practices in the Philippines has remained slow. Cities such as Pasig and Parañaque in Metro Manila are among the local governments that have begun to take steps towards implementing local ordinances. However, due to technical and financial gaps, the municipalities are facing challenges in defining the rules and regulations as well as the monitoring processes of the ordinances.

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How we are tracking

- Outcome Indicator 0.1: By end 2020, at least 10% of the population (communities, households, businesses) of the project cities are informed about and engaged in the adoption of the EE&C practices in the building sector triggering behavioral change in their day-to-day activities resulting in reduced energy consumption, and subsequently, reduced GHG emissions by about 17.5 tCO2e/year (baseline: unknown) - Indicator A.1: By end-2020, 30 local government staff engaged in the consultation workshop and/or received professional training on EE&C in buildings (e.g. conducting energy audits, issuing building permits) to enforce and implement the local and national green building-related policies (baseline: 0) - Indicator B.1: By end 2020, at least three (3) information and education campaigns on EE&C activities that target the local stakeholders (community and businesses) are launched in each project city to raise awareness on the PGBC, share customized information on the applicable EE&C measures, and consult with the key stakeholders (baseline: 0) - Indicator C.1: By September 2020, the online platform equipped with knowledge products on sustainable buildings is established (baseline: 0)

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What we are achieving

ACCELERATE aims to strengthen sustainable consumption and production of energy-use patterns in Pasig and Parañaque by enhancing the implementation of the PGBC and improving Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EE&C) across the board by inspiring action from the private sector and local communities. The project will address the gaps in knowledge, capacity, and awareness of the different stakeholders on building standards, benchmarking tools, energy audits, and implementing EE&C practices as part of their compliance to the PGBC, specifically.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Low emission development
Related SDGs
Focus Areas

IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Philippine Green Building Council, UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme,

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