Sustainable Urban Development

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IIEC’s Experience in Sustainable Urban Development
 

At a Glance:

Given the rapidly accelerating pace of urban development in emerging economies and the resulting climatic and environmental impacts, IIEC is committed to providing ongoing advice and expertise to government stakeholders and the private sector on resource use, energy efficient buildings, sustainable construction practices, and healthy and productive indoor environments.

Our Experience:

When implementing sustainable urban development projects, IIEC’s primary focus is to provide new technological solutions for energy efficient housing and other buildings, as well as public lighting systems and other urban services. We are doing so by building the capacity of local institutions and forming strategic local and international partnerships. We assess the innovative use of materials, scale up proven technologies, and use new business models and contemporary practices to adopt integrated design solutions. IIEC has successfully carried out green and energy efficient building projects in residential, commercial, public, and industrial sectors in India, Malawi, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the Pacific Islands.

The Challenge:

More than half of the current global population lives in urban areas, and almost all new population growth is expected to occur in cities. The speed and scale of urban population expansion represents enormous challenges in terms of meeting the growing demand for energy services; but also presents a range of opportunities for addressing energy use, mitigating global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, and improving living standards. Our goal is to design and implement effective sustainable projects that help reduce GHG emissions, energy use and costs, as well as to improve the overall quality of life of urban populations.

IIEC’s experience in this key activity, categorized by country is listed below:

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China TOP LINK
Project Title
Xiamen Green Transport Initiative

Region

Asia

Service Area

Sustainable Urban Development

Project Title

Xiamen Green Transport Initiative

Country

China

Client

 

Project Funding Agency

US Environmental Protection Agency, US Country Studies Program and Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Project Duration

Start Date

1997

Scheduled Completion

1998

Project Description and Summary of Services

 

 

 

 

 

IIEC established an ongoing cooperative relationship with the City of Xiamen, China.

IIEC conducted four workshops over the 2-year period of the project, three of which utilized supplemental funding from the US EPA. The workshops focused on bringing sustainable transportation concepts to the Xiamen government's municipal staff. The first workshop was introductory in nature and resulted in a signed letter of understanding between IIEC and Xiamen. The second workshop brought two experts, courtesy of the US EPA Office of International Affairs to discuss pollution from the transport sector. The third workshop provided an introduction to sustainable transportation concepts. The fourth workshop, conducted by Professor Fwa of the National University of Singapore, presented specific technologies and practices in use in Singapore's transport sector. The third and fourth workshops were funded by the US Country Studies Program as follow-on to the initial two workshops which were funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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India TOP LINK
Project Title
Mainstreaming Eco-Housing Partnership - India

Region

Asia

Service Area

Sustainable Urban Development, Renewable Energy, Clean Energy Finance, Training & Capacity Building

Project Title

Mainstreaming Eco-Housing Partnership

Country

India

Client

USAID – India mission and Global Development Alliance

Project Funding Agency

USAID- GDA and USAID India Mission

Project Duration

Start Date

October 2004

Scheduled Completion

September 2009

Project Description and Summary of Services

 

 

 

 

 

The Eco-housing partnership was launched in September 2004 in response to the unchecked and resource intensive housing construction boom in India. This initiative implemented by IIEC with USAID and GDA support, addresses the challenge of containing the ever-increasing demand for resources through interventions spanning policy and market development.

The objective of the program is to scale up the use of energy and resource efficient technologies and practices in the residential sector and support the long- term sustainability of Eco-Housing practices through strategic stakeholder partnerships.

Phase I ( 2004 to 2006)
Interventions

  • Policy Interventions -Changes in building bylaws to promote Eco-housing were identified and are being incorporated by Local Urban Bodies.
  • Facilitating fiscal Incentives for developers and end users
  • Benchmarking of Eco-housing – Development of Eco Housing Assessment Criteria. The criteria are also developed into a web based assessment tool (www.ecohousingindia.org).
  • Setting up an institutional mechanism for Eco Housing certification
  • Training and Capacity Building of key stakeholders

Achievements
The Eco-housing program in the first phase has effectively built a significant momentum in the regional market for Eco-Housing practices. Policy support both at the local and State level, tax rebates by the urban local body as well as specific housing mortgage products have played a decisive role in scale-up of the program.. The Eco-housing assessment criteria, which forms the basis of the voluntary Eco-housing certification has received an encouraging response from private developers.

In response to the Initiatives of Phase I, there were 4 residential projects in Pune which complied with Eco-Housing Certification.

Phase II ( 2006 -2009)
Recognizing the need for a more long-term and sustained effort to create a permanency in  eco –housing practices and education of  the stakeholders the second phase of this initiative  was launched.  The objective of  phase II of the program was the scaling up of sustainable construction practices through  geographical expansion of the eco-housing program , build capacity of professionals (designers, architects, engineers and policy-makers) and set up a Sustainable Building Technology Center (SBTC) to sensitize consumers on eco-housing concepts. This partnership complements the eco-housing partnership successfully launched under the GDA funding during 2004-2006.

Some of the key Activities and Interventions of Phase II were as follows

  • Development of Eco Housing Assessment Criteria Version II was developed through a stakeholder consultative process, addressing the requirements of the different climatic zones of the country. 
  • A National Eco-Housing Certification Body was institutionalized with support of partner organizations.
  • An Eco Housing Auditors Training Manual was developed along with an examination for Eco Housing Auditors.

As part of the second phase, setting up of a Sustainable Building Technology Center (SBTC) was initiated. This Center would showcase and demonstrate the performance of proven and new eco-friendly building technologies and support the scale –up of the Eco-housing program.

Contact for more information

iiecdelhi@iiec.org

 

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Setting up of Mumbai Energy Alliance (MEA)

Region

Asia

Service Area

Sustainable Urban Development

Project Title

Setting up of Mumbai Energy Alliance (MEA)

Country

India

Client

Blue Moon Fund, Overbrook Foundation and AFD

Project Funding Agency

Blue Moon Fund, Overbrook Foundation and AFD

Project Duration

Start Date

October 2008

Scheduled Completion

September 2010

Project Description and Summary of Services

 

 

 

 

 

IIEC proposes to establish the Mumbai Energy Alliance (MEA) to enable massive scale-up of climate-friendly, energy efficiency implementation in the mega-city of Mumbai, India.


Using the substantial track record with the stakeholders, such as Reliance Energy and Tata Power, and modeled after the Cambridge Energy Alliance (www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org), IIEC will engage local the private sector, utilities and regulators to create a service delivery model which encompasses the full range of implementation functions including engineering, technical, installation, project management, and financial services for the program.


IIEC has partnered with The Climate Group (TCG) and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability to jointly carry out programs under the MEA banner.
IIEC will actively engage the private sector in the financing, leveraged through AFD experience base, and implementation of the energy efficiency solutions that are developed in partnership with the utilities.


Through its local office and staff in Mumbai, IIEC proposes to create the MEA in three tasks including: market characterization to help segment and target the market, financial engineering to facilitate transactions and enable the MEA to be the sustainable institution to coordinate stakeholder activities, and preparation of a phased implementation plan which will lay out the organization structure and a program plan.


Deliverables include:
- Defining attributes of a new city-based institution involved in the climate mitigation initiatives
- Stakeholder engagement and management process
- Demonstration of first few large-scale programs including end-use energy efficient pumping

Please visit MEA's website at www.mumbaienergyalliance.org

Contact for more information

Ira Athale Prem ( iprem@iiec.org )

 

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Philippines TOP LINK
Project Title
Philippine Green Buildings/Resorts Project

Region

Asia

Service Area

Sustainable Habitat

Project Title

Philippine Green Buildings/Resorts Project

Country

Philippines

Client

US Agency for International Development

Project Funding Agency

US Agency for International Development

Project Duration

Start Date

 Oct 2000

Scheduled Completion

Sep 2004

Project Description and Summary of Services

 

 

 

 

 

The Green Buildings Program in the Philippines was intended to establish energy efficiency awareness in the buildings sector. Its goal was to convince building owners to invest in sustainable energy technologies in order to save energy, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This was accomplished by helping the commercial and industrial buildings sector, one of the most energy-intensive sectors in the Philippine economy, to improve energy use in their facilities.

The Green Buildings Program successfully instigated and established a foothold for energy efficiency in the Philippine buildings sector. In the 18-month initial phase alone, a total of twelve organizations, consisting of commercial, industrial and even government and private institutions implemented energy efficiency measures in their facilities. The estimated energy savings from the completed projects were about 2000 MWh/yr and carbon dioxide reduction of approximately 11,870 tonnes, assuming a project life of 10 years. Additionally, the inclusion of energy efficiency itself in the priority list of buildings design and operations in the Philippine buildings sector was a significant accomplishment of the Green Buildings Program. Building owners realized that energy efficiency was a win-win solution that would not only reduce their energy consumption but also prolong the service life of their equipment, facilities and/or buildings and boost their corporate image as environment-friendly companies.

Contact for more information

iiecmanila@iiec.org

 

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Philippine Transportation Initiative

Region

Asia

Service Area

New Initiatives

Project Title

Philippine Transportation Initiative

Country

Philippines

Client

 

Project Funding Agency

U. S. Agency for International Development and U. S. Country Studies Program

Project Duration

Start Date

1998

Scheduled Completion

1999

Project Description and Summary of Services

 

 

 

 

 

IIEC implemented a participatory transport planning process for Metro-Manila, which included four 2-day workshops for 36 participants from government, non-governmental and, private-sector organizations.

IIEC trained the facilitators in participatory processes and oversaw the conduct of the workshops. The workshops resulted in the identification of 24 specific initiative concept papers to improve Metro Manila's transport system. The participants came up with action plans for implementing seven of the initiatives. The initial workshops were funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Follow-up work in 1999 was funded by the U.S. Country Studies Program.

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Regional & Global TOP LINK
Project Title
Promoting Municipal Energy Efficiency Initiatives in Southern Africa

Region

Africa

Service Area

Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Urban Development

Project Title

Promoting Municipal Energy Efficiency Initiatives in Southern Africa

Country

Regional

Client

 

Project Funding Agency

 

Project Duration

Start Date

 

Scheduled Completion

 

Project Description and Summary of Services

 

 

 

 

 

IIEC-Africa collaborated with cities in the SADC region to bring the benefits of energy efficiency to urban management. The benefits of these opportunities extended far beyond the prize of energy efficiency and included the following: improved urban service management, reduced localized air pollution, improved quality of basic urban services, and cost savings that translated into more extensive services. All  these outcomes  directly impacted the urban poor in Southern Africa.

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South Africa TOP LINK
Project Title
Sustainable Housing Initiative Project

Region

South Africa

Service Area

Sustainable Urban Development

Project Title

Sustainable Housing Initiative Project

Country

South Africa

Client

 

Project Funding Agency

UNFCCC

Project Duration

Start Date

 2002

Scheduled Completion

 2002

Project Description and Summary of Services

 

 

 

 

 

This was the first ever housing-focused climate change project under the auspices of the Clean Development Mechanism of UNFCCC. This project implemented “Housing for a Healthier Future” and brought the benefits of energy-efficient homes to low-income residents of South Africa.

IIEC built 16 new energy-efficient demonstration homes in township communities in South Africa. The homes were built using energy-efficient components and passive-solar design. Representatives of the South African and Dutch building industries worked together with IIEC in identifying energy-efficient materials and construction methods. The residences that were build under this project were monitored for their energy and greenhouse gas savings, as well as health and quality-of-life benefits to residents. The results were reported to both the Dutch and South African governments, as well as to the U.N.

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