Towards adaptation of the Building sector in the Mediterranean Region
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
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17:00 - 18:15 (EET) The event will include an introduction to the current Egyptian healthcare system, Universal health insurance, Egypt Healthcare Authority (EHA), and the role it plays in theContinue reading "Towards green transformation – Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital"
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15:15 - 16:25 (EET) Cities are at the forefront to address the climate crisis and inaction is not an option. Even as we do so, we need to ensure ourContinue reading "Enhancing Cities’ Liveability and Sustainability in the Face of Climate Change"
15:30 - 17:30 (EET) During COP27, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November, Stefano Boeri Architetti is participating with an event entitled GreenContinue reading "Green Obsession"
16:45 - 17:45 (EET) Cities are key actors to drive actions and collaborations. With anticipated growth in urbanisation, the role of cities to address the existential challenge of climate changeContinue reading "City Focus: Climate Resilience Lessons from Cities Worldwide"
18:00 - 19:00 (EET) A 1.5°C future require urgent, scalable action by numerous global stakeholders including those based in cities and settlements. In Asia, where urbanisation rates will significantly increaseContinue reading "Developing Climate Resilient Cities in Asia: The How’s, Why’s and So What’s"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) The aim of the event is to make policy makers and the industry aware of a new, sustainable, low-carbon type of cement developed by Swiss, CubanContinue reading "Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) – a revolutionary low CO2 building material"
10:30 - 11:30 (EET) Buildings is responsible for 36% of the global CO2 emissions and need to be reduced by 50% before 2030 if we want to meet the ParisContinue reading "Decarbonisation of the building stock by carbon requirement to buildings"
11:30 - 12:30 (EET) Modern humans are an urban species and our future hinges on how we transform these urban environments to align with climate-positive action. Cities of the futureContinue reading "The neverending story: A quest for the sustainable cities of tomorrow"
12:00 - 13:00 (EET) The built environment is currently responsible for nearly 40% of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Our future depends on how effectively we address these emissions, which weContinue reading "Urban Sequoia NOW"
16:00 - 17:30 (EET) The focus of this event is to discuss solutions for the built environment, especially the buildings sector, to allow for resilience but also mitigation of climateContinue reading "Future-proofing the built environment"
18:00 - 19:00 (EET) There is an emerging gap between total energy efficiency spending and the rapidly growing total investment in building construction and renovations. This implies a slow-down inContinue reading "Renewable Energy Solutions for the Built Environment"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is replicating its success in decarbonizing the building sector with EDGE green building certification for climate adaptation withContinue reading "Unlocking investments for resilient buildings using IFC’s Building Resilience Index"
10:30 - 11:30 (EET) Business leaders are in the vanguard when it comes to the fight against global climate change. With the United States’ recent action on climate policy andContinue reading "Accelerating the Global Low-Carbon Transition"
10:30 - 11:30 (EET) This panel will explore how technologies such as carbon capture and local circular economy, energy storage, fuel cells, renewable natural gas and more can help decarbonizeContinue reading "Unusual Suspects: Innovative Technology Opportunities for City Decarbonization"
12:00 - 13:00 (EET) 70% of all existing building stock was estimated to be inefficient by the European Commission in 2021, yet the retrofit rate to change that is currentlyContinue reading "Accelerating decarbonisation on the ground: Injecting the true cost and opportunity of decarbonisation into the heart of every property investment decision"
12:30 - 13:15 (EET) The built environment accounts for 37% of global emissions, the vast majority coming from construction and operation. Left unchecked, these figures will continue to grow. .Continue reading "Net zero built environment"
14:00 - 15:00 (EET) The launch is a stand-alone, online press event, exclusively open to GlobalABC members and the press. For information on how to join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Buildings-GSRContinue reading "2022 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction"
13:30 - 16:30 (EET) Last year at the COP26, over $130 trillion of capital was committed to transforming the economy for net zero through the Glasgow Financial Alliance for NetContinue reading "Financing a net zero built environment"
18:00 - 19:00 (EET) The energy crisis has sent shockwaves through the world. Rising energy prices are hitting consumers, and businesses and public actors are faced with sharply rising energyContinue reading "From energy security to heating our homes – scaling up green buildings to boost resilience against the energy crisis"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) Demonstrate global sustainable building trends from the perspective of the World Green Building Council and understand sustainability and building opportunities and challenges and state-of-the-art methods andContinue reading "Introduction – Green Building Movement – Solutions, Responses and Experiences"
15:00 - 16:30 (EET) An equitable climate transition means that no one is left behind. Our solutions for the climate crisis must not exacerbate the affordable housing challenges we areContinue reading "Realizing equitable and resilient decarbonized communities"
18:30 - 19:30 (EET) Biotech & Pharma are among the world’s largest carbon-emitting industries and must be a part of the global climate solution. The industries' climate commitments are notContinue reading "The Surprising Carbon Impact of Science: Progress on the Global Race to Zero"
17:00 - 18:00 (EET) Despite the global economic outlook becoming increasingly downbeat, delaying or sidelining initiatives to decarbonise real estate could be a costly long-term mistake. In the developed world, aroundContinue reading "Retrofitting & Resilience: Tackling Real Estate’s Biggest Challenges"
16:45 - 18:15 Satisfying access to decent shelter, mobility, and social services is why society requires materials and energy. The event will discuss innovations for energy demand reduction, decarbonization ofContinue reading "High level services with low resource demand for low-carbon pathways and the SDGs"
16:45 - 18:15 (EET) As climate-related disasters have become more frequent and more severe, houses and people across the globe are more vulnerable than ever before, with 40% of theContinue reading "Building for a Billion: The Resilient Housing Implementation Lab"
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15:00 - 16:30 (EET) As countries deal with climate change and with cities expanding, millions more people will need adequate housing. This session will showcase how building codes, empowered participation,Continue reading "Future-proofing the built environment: Unlocking finance for inclusive & resilient housing"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) Buildings have to provide comfort under warmer outdoor weather conditions, primarily by up-to-date passive techniques and bioclimatic architecture and efficient active systems for the residual energyContinue reading "Climate adaptation, building summer comfort : feed-back from voluntary and mandatory schemes implementation and perspectives in a RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 context"
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12:30 - 14:00 (EET) The mention of buildings sector actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) increased from 90 countries in 2015 to 148 by August 2022. However, there are aContinue reading "Buildings sector actions – the unprecedented opportunity for climate change commitments"
17:30 - 18:15 (EET) On the occasion of "decarbonisation day" The panel discussion is meant to demonstrate and to celebrate women leadership in the decarbonization of our built environment andContinue reading "Women Leading the Decarbonisation of our Built Environment"
16:30 - 17:30 (EET) Although Africa contributes only 4% of the world’s CO2 emissions, Africa is home to 1.3 billion people and this number is projected to grow - withContinue reading "The Africa We Want: Transitioning to a Net Zero Built Environment in Africa"
14:30 - 15:30 (EET) In many communities buildings represent a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions—globally representing approximately 40 percent of energy related emissions. Initiatives are underway to reduce theseContinue reading "Decarbonising Buildings: Data, Standards, Policies and Tools to Support a Life-Cycle Approach"
14:30 - 15:00 (EET) Presentation of the UN Global Building Alliance status report 2022 By Jonathan Duwyn, Programme Officer, Buildings and Construction, UNEP Moderator: Kurt Emil Eriksen, VELUX
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10:00 - 11:30 (EET) To achieve inclusion in cities, meanwhile tackling climate change, there is a need to acknowledge sustainability from a lato-sensu standpoint - considering its trade-offs and shortContinue reading "Climate change and the commitment to ‘leaving no one behind’ in cities – the role of built environment solutions to secure resilience and inclusion"
12:00 - 13:00 (EET) Breaking the barriers towards sustainable and climate-friendly buildings for the future. One of the big global GHG emitters is the construction sector. Our built environment isContinue reading "How can we build Nothing?"
12:30 - 13:30 (EET) Net Zero and Net Zero Buildings are very simple terms that have become part of our common narrative and defining our climate goals. But do weContinue reading "Net Zero Buildings: what are the meanings?"
13:00 - 14:30 (EET) Egypt faces an exponential demand for new homes as per its economic and population expansions. Placing PEOPLE Wellbeing as the core business goal is the ultimateContinue reading "Enhancing Wellbeing – Designing for People and Planet"
13:15 - 14:30 (EET) The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Porgramme (UNEP) and UrbanShift, will facilitate a dynamic discussion with city leaders,Continue reading "How national and local governments can scale urban climate finance adaptation and resilience"
Cities are responsible for 75% of global CO2 emissions, with transportation and buildings among the largest contributors. In the United States, local governments are implementing a range of place-based, community-drivenContinue reading "From Hawaii to the Heartland: Advancing Equitable, Ambitious Solutions to Climate Change in US Cities & Counties"
15:30 - 16:30 (EET) This session will provide a solution to an often cited concern in the design and construction industry: a lack of capacity. The speakers will discuss theirContinue reading "The future of building: Supporting Passive House training uptake at higher education institutions"
17:00 - 17:45 (EET) Join IFC and World Bank for the launch of the APEX Green Cities Program, an innovative new approach that harnesses the insights from advanced green practices around theContinue reading "APEX – IFC’s Green Cities Launch"
18:30 - 20:00 (EET) Technology solutions as clean energy, energy efficiency, clean building materials and CDR, adapted to different localities, will be needed to facilitate the needed transitions to achieveContinue reading "Deploying a Broad Portfolio of Technology Solutions to Advance Energy Transition & Decarbonization"
13:30 - 14:30 (EET) Aluminium has been at the forefront of many industrial and engineering innovations of the 20th century and continues to power a sustainable future. Sustainably meeting growingContinue reading "Roadmap for a Hard-to-Abate Sector: The Case for Aluminium"
08:45 - 10:15 (EET) Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) and Shack Dwellers International (SDI) in partnership with the UN High Level Champions have held a series ofContinue reading "Launch of Roof Over Our Heads (ROOH)"
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09:15 - 10:00 (EET) Transitioning to net-zero by 2030 requires that every financial, policy and business decision takes climate change into account. Only if enough capital is mobilised can weContinue reading "Closing the Finance Gap Together"
10:30 - 11:30 (EET) Global urbanisation trends are increasingly driving cities to become hubs for climate innovations. City governments are strong allies in the fight against climate change and leadContinue reading "Re-Thinking Infrastructure – Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment"
11:00 - 12:00 (EET) Approximately half of all extracted resources globally are used for the built environment, and 11% of global GHG emissions are attributed to the embodied carbon foundContinue reading "Creating a Circular Built Environment: the Why and How"
12:00 - 14:00 (EET) To introduce Korean national building energy database (NBED) and to explain carbon neutral policies in building sector including standardized baseline emission trading scheme, green remodeling, andContinue reading "Promoting voluntary GHG reduction in building sector by using national building energy database (NBED)"
12:30 - 13:30 (EET) Buildings as means of storing carbon and as materials banks for the future. Solutions for decarbonizing building sector already exist. This session focuses on aspects ofContinue reading "Carbon catchers: Buildings as resource banks"
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14:00 - 15:00 (EET) While structural retrofits have clear benefits to improving the resilience of buildings, in particular in climate-vulnerable communities, how does it affect the global goal to reachContinue reading "Reducing Embodied Carbon through Retrofitting"
14:30 - 15:30 (EET) The event presents and discusses the results of multiple years of work to develop and update Paris-compatible sectoral benchmarks. Sectoral benchmarks break down the mitigation objectivesContinue reading "Paris-compatible sector benchmarks to help in defining national and corporate climate action"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) Launched during COP26, the Clean Heat Forum is a program of UNEP’s Global Alliance for Building and Construction, co-led by the United Kingdom government and RMI,Continue reading "Clean Heat Forum Roundtable – Collectively Raising Ambition of Clean Heating Policy Solutions & Technology Deployment"
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10:30 - 11:30 (EET) This event focuses on enhancing heritage-based climate action by showcasing tools and examples of successful and effective vulnerability assessments in Africa. In addition, the panel discussionContinue reading "Vulnerability Assessment Lessons from the Culture and Heritage Worlds in Africa"
10:30 - 11:30 (EET) There is an urgent need to faster the conception and renovation of buildings and infrastructures to limit energy consumption. A panel of experts will present theContinue reading "The role of construction in the energy transition"
11:30 - 13:00 (EET) Living in neighbourhoods designed to be regenerative and restorative, will help us optimise human health and sustain food security. Communities, architects, designers, ecologists, and urban plannersContinue reading "Communities as Living Organisms"
12:00 - 13:00 (EET) The roll-out of Positive Energy Buildings and Districts (PEB&Ds) will play a key role in helping local governments reach ambitious climate mitigation and resilience goals inContinue reading "Positive Energy Buildings & Districts as a Cornerstone of Local Climate Action Pathways to a Net-Zero Future"
13:30 - 16:30 (EET) This thematic session will explore opportunities for cities to accelerate access to sustainable climate solutions and will present best practices from around the world, with aContinue reading "Beating the Heat: Accelerating Access to Sustainable Climate Solutions in Cities: Implementation Lab"
15:00 - 16:30 Around the world people are adapting built and natural heritage in the face of climate change. This event brings together climate and heritage practitioners to highlight theContinue reading "Withstanding change: Cultural heritage amid climate uncertainty"
17:00 - 18:00 (EET) Despite only covering 3% of the earth’s surface, cities are responsible for up to 80% of the world’s energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions. WithContinue reading "Carbon neutral building energy systems for sustainable energy transition in cities"
18:30 - 19:30 (EET) This session will explore the essential role of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and technologies coupled with building energy codes and above code programs inContinue reading "Aligning clean energy goals and building codes to support a decarbonised future"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) Buildings can benefit from nature-based-solutions (NBS) to deliver their services and can contribute to the achievement of a global goal to be nature-positive by 2030. BringingContinue reading "Nature-based solutions for building performance: feed-back from voluntary and mandatory schemes implementation and perspectives for nature positive 2030"
10:30 - 11:30 (EET) Limiting warming to around 1.5C requires global greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2025 at the latest and be reduced by 43% by 2030. Representing nearlyContinue reading "Mobilizing ambitions to loop decarbonization in the built environment"
11:00 - 11:45 (EET) The event would highlight the opportunities and challenges for the private sector, as large asset owners and corporations’ commit to net-zero and transform their real estateContinue reading "Plan Green: Catalyzing green transition of real estate portfolios"
12:00 - 13:00 (EET) The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is a megalopolis comprising nine mega cities and two administrative regions in Southern China. Following GlobalABC´s Roadmap framework on decarbonizingContinue reading "China’s Greater Bay Area: How to Decarbonize the Buildings and Construction Sector"
13:15 - 14:45 (EET) Identifying technologies for Adaptation & Mitigation, Finance for MSMEs and youth participation to achieve global Net Zero emissions and sustainable development in key sectors such asContinue reading "Tackling Climate Change: remedial measures for SMEs, sustainable infrastructure, and land governance"
13:30 - 16:30 (EET) The building and construction sector is responsible for approx. 40% of the global energy related carbon emissions. To achieve a net zero built environment no laterContinue reading "2030 is Today – how we can act NOW to halve built environment emissions by 2030"
The event aims to highlight successful proven tactics of engagements of the public and the private sectors in enhancing the green building market with global examples from emerging markets (Colombia)Continue reading "Accelerating Finance for Green Buildings: Successful Examples and New Ideas for Public and Private Sector Engagement"
16:45 - 18:15 (EET) Urban nature-based action such as rewilding brings health, climate and nature benefits incl. lessening overheating and decarbonization. Partnerships can unlock resources esp. in developing countries whileContinue reading "Bringing nature-based climate action into cities in challenging times"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) The Global Green Building movement catalyses the uptake of sustainable built environments for everyone, everywhere. It aims at transforming the building and construction sector across threeContinue reading "Introduction to green building rating systems and the adoption of a net-zero model"
14:00 - 15:00 (EET) Present the country's leadership in the generation of specific actions, and from one of the main sectors of the economy, to achieve the country's climate goalsContinue reading "Roadmap for Net Zero Carbon Buildings in Colombia"
17:30 - 18:30 (EET) This session will gather governments from around the world, development institutions (MDBs, DFIs), foundations, and the private sector (banks, investors and corporations) to discuss what barriersContinue reading "The Last Mile Challenge to A&R: Transaction Readiness for Building Resilience"
16:30 - 17:30 (EET) We will focus on embodied carbon emissions and the panel will consist of organizations leading on data quality and standards, policy, accounting and actual reduction ofContinue reading "Leveraging Procurement to Drive Industrial Decarbonization in the Building Sector"
15:00 - 16:00 (EET) The Global Building Resilience Guidelines will be released in October 2022. It is a free guideline available online, applicable to all global jurisdictions, and fully alignedContinue reading "Addressing Extreme Weather Events in Building Codes: Global Building Resilience Guidelines"
14:45 - 16:15 (EET) Construction and operations of buildings are a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions. Having resilient and resource efficient buildings depends on mobilizing businesses, both local and foreignContinue reading "Resilient and Resource Efficient Green Buildings: Public-Private Partnerships that Deliver"
14:45 - 15:30 (EET) By uniting forces and exchanging knowledge, capabilities and capacities we can survive and flourish - and develop the breakthroughs needed to reach our 2030 targets andContinue reading "Uniting together to harness the greatest resource known to humanity: the sun!"
13:30 - 14:30 (EET) Cities are the decisive parameter and at the frontline of climate change. Climate change and growing urbanization are intertwined megatrends and rising global temperatures have causedContinue reading "Building the future and resilient communities"
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 email@example.com.
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 BuildingToCOP Coalition engages with the real estate industry on raising ambition of business, cities and government to achieve a net zero built environment.
REPORT: Net-zero buildings: Halving construction emissions today
COP27 reflections from WorldGBC CEO, Cristina Gamboa.
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