Policy Reforms and Market Transformation of the Energy Efficient Buildings Sector of the I.R. Iran

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Updated: February 2017

What is the project about?

Iran ranks as the world’s 7th largest emitter of Carbon dioxide (CO2) and the residential and commercial building sectors represent some 23% of the country’s CO2 emissions. Increasing energy efficiency in buildings, therefore represents an important contribution to reducing emissions and climate change mitigation.

The objective of this project is to support transformation of the energy efficiency of heating systems in buildings in Iran thereby reducing national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions as well as heating bills for residents.

It is envisaged that this will be achieved by:

  1. reviewing the legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks that impact building efficiency in Iran; revisiting the building code and products standards and labels and developing a supportive cross-sectoral energy efficiency strategy;
  2. piloting installations of energy efficient and renewable energy measures in existing buildings; and
  3. transforming the market by: training manufacturers and building professionals to produce and install energy efficient heating systems; developing a stakeholder awareness-raising campaign and developing proposals for financing mechanisms for households.

What have we accomplished so far:

The agreement to initiate and implement this project was signed in August 2016. Since then the National Project Manager and other project staff have been recruited and work is currently ongoing to bring all parties together in the Project Inception Workshop to review the Project Document and agree on a work plan for project implementation. 

Who finances the project:

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

US $4,000,000


US $125,000

Government of I.R. Iran (Parallel Funding)

US $28,391,760

Delivery in previous fiscal year:










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