The Clinton Foundation launched the initiative in 2006 in partnership with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group to support efforts undertaken by the world's major cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Paris, which adopted a climate strategy earlier this month, has agreed to work with the foundation on an energy-efficiency program to retrofit public buildings.
The partnership aims to reduce the energy consumption of Paris's 660 kindergartens and primary schools by 67 percent; the schools represent approximately one million square meters of space and consume 225 GWh of power annually, at a cost of €13 million. An initial mapping of energy consumption in the schools should be complete by the end of 2007.
As early as 2008, the program's goals will be implemented through building improvement works compatible with the city's climate strategy. Those efforts will be financed by the energy savings achieved over several years and will be coupled with a large-scale awareness campaign in the school community. The first phase of the progarm will involve one hundred schools, with a focus on primary schools.