Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)

Project description

Title: Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)
Countries: Global; Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Viet Nam
Lead executing agency: Mexico: Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT); Morocco: Ministry of National Territory Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy; Senegal: Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development; Tunisia: National Agency for Energy Management (ANME); Viet Nam: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
Overall term: 2017 to 2021



Transforming the building sector is essential to fight climate change. The global building floor area is expected to double by 2060. Most new buildings are being constructed in warmer and tropical climates with a high need for cooling. The construction and operation of buildings is responsible for 38 per cent of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and consumes 35 per cent of the global final energy. A rapid decarbonisation of the building sector is therefore needed to reach the 2-degree target set out in the Paris Agreement.

While there is a great deal of potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through greater energy efficiency, the building sector has so far derived little benefit from climate-related funds. There is a lack of energy efficiency policies offering orientation and security for potential investors. In addition, there is a shortage of technical expertise and capacity for the planning, construction and operation of energy-efficient buildings that conserve resources, or for the modernisation of buildings to improve energy efficiency.

In emerging nations and developing countries knowledge about funding opportunities is also often very limited. Progress in the mobilisation of public and private funds for the decarbonisation of the building sector is slow.


Large-scale projects for increasing energy efficiency in buildings ready for funding are implemented in selected partner countries.


Germany and France are pooling their technical expertise and financial resources in the Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB). The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Agence de la Transition Écologique (ADEME) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH support partner countries with implementing large-scale energy efficiency projects in the building sector.

GIZ advises the emerging nations and developing countries on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in the context of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

To this end, the project undertakes the following activities:

  • Selected partner countries are supported with implementing their national climate plans (NDCs) by leveraging the potential for saving energy in the building sector
  • Possible sources of national and international financing for climate-related projects are identified (e.g. the Green Climate Fund or lines of credit from national banks).
  • Examples of good practice for the planning of energy efficiency measures and the implementation of low-emission measures in the building sector are developed which can be used by other countries for low-emission development of the building sector. 
  • Key players are enabled to apply the technical and financial expertise acquired in the project for more energy efficiency in the building sector, including in the future.
  • The establishment of regulatory and normative framework conditions in the building sector is promoted.
  • Incentive systems are supported which mobilise private sector investments in energy efficiency in buildings and offer private investors long-term planning security.
  • PEEB's activities reach a broad target group in its partner countries. The results are introduced as practical examples in the relevant international networks and platforms for climate policy measures in the building sector.

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