The driving force behind Promoting an Energy Efficient Public Sector (PePS) is the opportunity for governments to lead by example in scaling up energy efficiency. Government projects directly reduce operational budgets through lower energy bills, decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and create broad public exposure to efficiency technology and benefits. Pairing direct action in government facilities with energy efficiency policies and regulations opens the market to new private sector investment and increased uptake of products and services that decrease energy demand.
The PePS guide provides USAID with a detailed look at strategies and success stories for government action on energy efficiency. Existing buildings and new construction, purchasing policies, public infrastructure, and public transportation all provide opportunities for governments to make progress on efficiency. Details and examples of how these programs can be designed and implemented are provided along with guidance on project financing. All levels of government and support staff can use this guide to assess the best opportunities for energy efficiency programs and start small, or big, to begin to shift their markets towards becoming cleaner, more efficient, and sustainable.