Towards adaptation of the Building sector in the Mediterranean Region
11:00 - 12:30 (EET)
Deep collaboration like never before
The Building to COP Coalition is a group of sustainability-focused built environment NGOs and organisations working together, alongside the UN High Level Climate Champions, to position the built environment as a critical sector to achieve the needed transition to a resilient and zero emissions future at COP conferences.
The #BuildingToCOP campaign began with the formation of the Coalition in 2021 for COP26 and we are working together for COP27 (6 – 18 Nov 2022), COP28 and beyond.
Following the success of Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day at COP26, we are #BuildingToCOP27.
Convening a powerful coalition of stakeholders, the monthly sessions elevate the built environment as a critical climate solution ahead of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Despite this, under $3 of every $100 spent on new construction goes to efficient buildings. Out of the 186 countries that have submitted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 136 countries mention buildings, 53 countries mention building energy efficiency, and 38 specifically call out building energy codes. Most countries do not include full building decarbonisation targets and certain areas such as building materials are under addressed.
Businesses and sub-national governments are urged to join the Race to Zero.
All countries include full building decarbonisation targets, concrete policies and measures and related implementation mechanisms in their NDCs.
1,000 cities and at least 20% of the largest built environment businesses by revenue committed to the UN’s Race to Zero.
The sector’s stakeholders unite behind a single voice and ambition towards shared goals: By 2030, 100% of new buildings must be net-zero carbon in operation and embodied carbon must be reduced by at least 40%, and by 2050, all new and existing assets must be net zero across the whole life cycle (see UNFCCC Human Settlements Pathway).
The built environment sector has the opportunity to lead the resilience agenda, placing adaptation on par with mitigation through how we design, manage and occupy buildings and infrastructure for the worlds’ people. Regardless of where you live or where you do business, we all need to build resilience to climate change.
We can’t win the Race to Zero without winning the Race to Resilience as well. Climate breakdown and the pandemic multiply inequalities — social, environmental and economic gaps are widening across nations and across the Global North and South.
By 2030, we must catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of four billion people from groups and communities who are vulnerable to climate risks.
Representing nearly 40% of global energy-related emissions and 50% of extracted materials, decarbonising the built environment can rapidly accelerate climate action. The initiatives and accomplishments highlighted at COP26’s Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day are a launchpad for further climate leadership across the built environment system.
Businesses and sub-national governments are urged to join the Race to Zero. Learn more:
Cities are urged to join the Cities Race to Zero, as major policy enablers and owners of real estate who can go further, faster.
The Race to Resilience is catalysing a step-change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses but thrive in spite of them.
We need to run these races together, at the same time — and win them both.
On the final day COP27, world leaders must drive a rapid but just transition of our built environment.
The BuildingToCOP Coalition rallied the sector, responsible for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, around flagship events focused on the key themes of: Finance, Decarbonisation, and Adaptation & Resilience.
Read the full list of initiatives that are collectively driving deep collaboration and triggering a positive systemic transformation in the built environment.
The Building To COP Coalition is a group of organisations catalysing climate action in cities, regions and the built environment. We work closely with the UN High Level Climate Champions.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UN HIGH LEVEL CLIMATE CHAMPIONS