USAID Energy Sector Capacity Building Activity

Community Spotlights: Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency in Urban Areas

By Katherine Cunningham, Joyce-Lynn Njinga

Over the past month, Climatelinks featured content on the opportunities, challenges, tools, technologies, policies and actions related to energy efficiency, emissions reductions, air pollution and related health issues in urban areas.
We also asked Climatelinks community members to share their resources at the intersection of these topics. The shared resources, found below, include best practices in energy efficiency policy, the 2018 State of Global Air report and interactive tools, an article on mainstreaming building energy efficiency codes, energy efficiency successes in Kazakhstan, a publication on removing barriers to energy efficiency in municipal heat and hot water supply, webinars on good practices and innovative business models for energy efficiency financing, and the World Energy Outlook 2017 on power, renewables, and energy efficiency. 

Do you have resources on these topics that you would like to share? Please do so in the comment box below this blog! Also, check out USAID-supported clean energy and energy efficiency resources and blogs on Climatelinks. 

Academic Journals, Websites

Energy Efficiency Academic Journal (Springer Netherlands, 2018)

IEA’s Work on Energy Efficiency (International Energy Agency, 2018)

Best Practice in Energy Efficiency Policy (International Energy Agency, 2018)

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Description – Pakistan (GIZ, 2018)

Energy Efficiency Dashboard for India (UJALA, 2018)


Snapshot of National Energy Efficiency Dashboard for India.
Videos & Webinars

Power, Renewables and Energy Efficiency (International Energy Agency, 2017)

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IEA-Mexico Energy Efficiency Webinar Series (International Energy Agency, 2018)

Financing Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries – What are Challenges & Options Available? (UNFCCC Climate Action Studio, 2016)

Who Pays for Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries? (Fortune, 2015)

Scaling Up Energy Efficiency in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam (World Bank, 2014)

Innovative Business Models for Energy Efficiency Financing (Clean Energy Solutions Center, 2014)


State of Global Air 2018 (Health Effects Institute, 2018)

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries: Contributions to Reducing Global Emissions (United Nations Environment Programme, 2017)

Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Municipal Heat and Hot Water Supply: Lessons Learned (Global Environment Facility, 2016)

Mainstreaming Building Energy Efficiency Codes in Developing Countries: Global Experiences and Lessons from Early Adopters (Feng Liu, Anke S. Meyer, and John F. Hogan, 2010)


Dominican Republic Leapfrogs to Energy-Efficient Lighting (Global Environment Facility, 2018)

Energy Efficiency Success Stories in Kazakhstan (Global Environment Facility, 2016)

Inspiring Examples of Energy Efficiency in Urban Environments (UNFCCC, 2015)

Adaptation, Energy, Urban
Strategic Objective
Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Mitigation, Urban

Katherine Cunningham

Katherine serves as the social media manager, content entry, and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She also assists with research and writing. Katherine has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations with a focus on environmental resources. She previously worked at Americans for Peace Now, a non-profit dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Katherine is committed to helping solve the climate crisis and is excited to apply her skills on the Climatelinks team.

Joyce-Lynn Njinga

Lyly is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. She has a background in and passion for addressing challenges at the nexus of climate change and international development. Lyly contributes her capacity building, technical content development, and community engagement experience to Climatelinks. She supports and grows the communities encompassed in Climatelinks, connects practitioners with valuable experiences to share, identifies themes for focused engagement and knowledge-sharing activities, and connects practitioners to germane resources. Lyly has an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University College London and a B.A. in International Studies from American University.

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