Towards adaptation of the Building sector in the Mediterranean Region
11:00 - 12:30 (EET)
At COP27 the BuildingToCOP Coalition kept the focus on the built environment
Operational emissions from the built environment increased by 5% in 2021, compared to 2020 levels, but with more than 200 events and several new climate action initiatives launched at COP27, the sector has shown that it has the climate solutions ready to scale now. 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 launched at COP27.
Read our COP27 Built Environment Guide
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).
We need to run these races together, at the same time — and win them ALL.
The Buildings Breakthrough target – “near-zero emission and resilient buildings are the new normal by 2030” – is co-led by France and the Kingdom of Morocco under the umbrella of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC).
As of February 2023, 18 countries and 13 initiatives are supporting the Buildings Breakthrough. If your country or initiative is engaged in global sustainable buildings, and ready to support the Buildings Breakthrough target, get in touch with the GlobalABC Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the BuildingToCOP Coalition’s successes at COP26 & COP27, we are #BuildingToCOP28.
Convening a powerful coalition of stakeholders, these Forums elevate the built environment as a critical climate solution ahead of COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Global Stocktake impressively consolidates the most extensive international review of our collective efforts towards addressing climate change to date.
The BuildingToCOP Coalition is a group of sustainability-focused built environment NGOs and organisations working together with 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 and to highlight existing solutions to accelerate this transition.
The Coalition, in coordination with its members, engages in key events and conversations throughout the year to build momentum and consensus among the built environment community and bring that to the annual COP meetings to effect the changes needed.
The core partners of the Coalition include: C40 Cities, Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Resilience Rising, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Green Building Council.
Her Excellency Ms. Razan Al Mubarak has been announced as the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion from the COP28 Presidency. She will be joining Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin who continues in his role as the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion from the COP27 Presidency.
HE Ms. Razan Al Mubarak is currently President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the second woman to lead the organization in its 75-year history. She is also the founding director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund which, since its inception, has supported more than 2,500 species conservation projects in over 160 countries.
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.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UN HIGH LEVEL CLIMATE CHAMPIONS