In partnership with the Taiwan Institute for Economic Research (TIER), Penn IUR is working to develop and maintain a knowledge-sharing platform (KSP) for the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG). Funded by Taiwan’s Council on Economic Development (CEPD), the ESCI-KSP provides APEC economies with case studies on energy efficient design and best practices in the areas of transportation, buildings, smart grids, and green employment.
ESCI was launched as a joint initiative by U.S. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Kan at the 2010 APEC Leaders Meeting and later taken up by the EWG. Its purpose is to aid APEC economies in achieving their energy intensity reduction goals by disseminating best practices in buildings, transportation, smart grids, and green jobs.
Read Penn IUR's paper on Low Carbon Model towns.