Johnson Controls, World Resources Institute Launch Building Efficiency Initiative

October 2, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

city energy manageJohnson Controls and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have created the Building Efficiency Initiative to support and accelerate energy efficiency action in cities.

The partners say city planners have enormous opportunities to improve the design of tomorrow’s cities, including through more efficient buildings and energy systems. This is particularly urgent in major developing countries, which are experiencing a building boom.

The new Building Efficiency Initiative will support the Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, under the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which was announced last week at the UN Climate Summit. The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative has a goal of doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement around the world by 2030.

Jennifer Layke will lead the new initiative, drawing upon her experience directing Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency and her experience as the deputy director of WRI’s Climate and Energy Program from 2005 to 2009.

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