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GSEP Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group Meeting September 2011

The Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group formed as a subgroup within the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) at the second Clean Energy Ministerial in April 2011 with the goals of reducing energy use in buildings, improving the health and resiliency of urban populations and mitigating the warming effects of climate change. GSEP is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).

The Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group had its first meeting in September 2011. The meeting brought together more than 30 technical experts, government officials, industry and non-profit representatives from India, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and the United States. The official Working Group includes India, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Together, these countries include 8 of the world’s largest 20 cities.

Participants agreed to collaborate at local, regional, national and multinational levels to accelerate development and deployment of cool roofs and pavements. Where feasible, the Working Group will seek to incorporate cool roofs and pavements into existing programs, protocols and organizations.