Colombia. Bogota announced in CONSTRUVERDE 2018, the second phase of the Building Energy Efficiency Accelerator Program (BEA), through which it will receive technical and economic support for the effective implementation of Resolution 549 / 15 (Guide for saving in Water and Energy in buildings of the Ministry of Housing, City and Territory), which will facilitate compliance with the percentages of water and energy savings in new buildings of the city.
With the effective implementation of this standard, all new buildings in the city will save an 20% in energy and an 30% in water. Likewise, 2.84 millions of new homes to 2050 in Bogota will be able to cover their demand in water and energy in an efficient way and their users will be benefited in an 25% reduction in the costs of public services.
"In order to seal our commitment, the new Territorial Planning Plan (POT) raises as one of its three main policies, that of Eco-efficiency, which seeks a more efficient ecological footprint and a more resilient city. This initiative of sustainable construction is possible from a dense, compact and close city, where new developments are multipurpose, people can move more easily on foot, by bicycle or public transport and generate fewer and fewer CO2 emissions " , indicated Andrés Ortiz, District Planning Secretary.
The secretary stressed that the city will benefit from the reduction of an 32% of emissions of greenhouse gases - GHG with respect to the base line of building emissions, the significant improvement of the environmental quality of the city and, of the quality of life of the people of Bogotá. Likewise, the impact on the water sources of the city such as páramos and wetlands will be reduced.
In this way, it is expected that, through the BEA Program, the city will contribute to the fulfillment of the international commitment to reduce GHG emissions associated with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Equally, the harmonization with the already existing Public Policy of Ecourbanism and Construction (PPECS) and the Plan of Territorial Ordering (POT) link the BEA Program as the city's leading strategy in the Eco-efficiency Policy. This is how we seek to materialize this policy in the POT through three strategies:
- Articulation of the main ecological structure with the public space.
- Climate change and risk management.
- Balance between dense, compact and close growth and renewal processes.
"Mitigating the impact that human beings and buildings have on the environment will help us along the way to ensure sustainable environmental, social and economic development," said Juan Camilo González, Manager of the North City Project of the Mayor's Office of Bogotá.
Opportunity to replicate it in other cities of the country
The BEA Bogotá Program will also contribute to other cities complying with the national regulations, represented in Resolution 549 / 15 and linked to the initiative "Sustainable Energy for All" of the United Nations Organization. This public-private coalition collaborates with sub-national, national governments, the private sector and civil society in the implementation of policies and programs to improve the quality of buildings and their efficiency in their life cycle.
In its first two years, the BEA Program reached 253 cities with resources and obtained 47 commitments in energy efficiency in buildings by 32 cities and 17 countries. Bogotá is today a leading city in the implementation of this program.