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Promoting Energy Efficiency Best Practice in Cities

This pilot project is the first attempt to address the lack of rigorous and transparent approach to defining best practice in city energy efficiency programmes.  The project has provided interesting insights into a range of exciting projects being implemented in cities around the world. However, the potential exists for far greater benefit.


The study has found that it is possible to collate the detailed information needed to identify best practice energy efficiency projects in cities.  However, gathering the data is not easy. The data is often not recorded in an easily accessible format. Nor is it easy to get city officials to allocate time to the necessary data collation given the many other competing demands on their time.

Common data standards are necessary

A key area that this project identifies as requiring urgent attention is the development of a common data management format for energy efficiency projects by CAs. Further work could also focus on refining the criteria used to define best practice, and broadening the scope of projects beyond energy efficiency


Promoting Energy Efficiency, Best Practice in Cities - A pilot study
Author: Nigel Jollands, Energy Efficiency and Environment Division, International Energy Agency; Stephen Kenihan & Wayne Wescott, ICLEI Oceania Secretariat, September 2008