BUILDING TO COP27

For a Zero Emissions and Resilient Built Environment, Regions & Cities

Let’s work together to build on the successes of COP26

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.

Built environment highlights from COP26

Countdown to COP27, Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt

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Green Obsession

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Developing Climate Resilient Cities in Asia: The How’s, Why’s and So What’s

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Unlocking investments for resilient buildings using IFC’s Building Resilience Index

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Unusual Suspects: Innovative Technology Opportunities for City Decarbonization

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Future-proofing the built environment: Unlocking finance for inclusive & resilient housing

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Retrofitting & Resilience: Tackling Real Estate’s Biggest Challenges

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High level services with low resource demand for low-carbon pathways and the SDGs

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Introduction – Green Building Movement – Solutions, Responses and Experiences

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Buildings sector actions – the unprecedented opportunity for climate change commitments

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Decarbonising Buildings: Data, Standards, Policies and Tools to Support a Life-Cycle Approach

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How national and local governments can scale urban climate finance adaptation and resilience

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From Hawaii to the Heartland: Advancing Equitable, Ambitious Solutions to Climate Change in US Cities & Counties

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The future of building: Supporting Passive House training uptake at higher education institutions

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Deploying a Broad Portfolio of Technology Solutions to Advance Energy Transition & Decarbonization

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Re-Thinking Infrastructure – Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment

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Promoting voluntary GHG reduction in building sector by using national building energy database (NBED)

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Paris-compatible sector benchmarks to help in defining national and corporate climate action

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Vulnerability Assessment Lessons from the Culture and Heritage Worlds in Africa

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Positive Energy Buildings & Districts as a Cornerstone of Local Climate Action Pathways to a Net-Zero Future

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Beating the Heat: Accelerating Access to Sustainable Climate Solutions in Cities: Implementation Lab

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Aligning clean energy goals and building codes to support a decarbonised future

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China’s Greater Bay Area: How to Decarbonize the Buildings and Construction Sector

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Tackling Climate Change: remedial measures for SMEs, sustainable infrastructure, and land governance

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2030 is Today – how we can act NOW to halve built environment emissions by 2030

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Accelerating Finance for Green Buildings: Successful Examples and New Ideas for Public and Private Sector Engagement

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Planning, Design, and Development in the Global South: The “How to” for People & Planet

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Introduction to green building rating systems and the adoption of a net-zero model

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The Last Mile Challenge to A&R: Transaction Readiness for Building Resilience

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Leveraging Procurement to Drive Industrial Decarbonization in the Building Sector

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Addressing Extreme Weather Events in Building Codes: Global Building Resilience Guidelines

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Resilient and Resource Efficient Green Buildings: Public-Private Partnerships that Deliver

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Join the next #BuildingToCOP27 Forum

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.

 

Why cities, regions and the built environment matter

Buildings are responsible for almost 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions and 50% of all extracted materials.

The building and construction sector’s demand on natural resources accelerates climate change, and inefficient, unhealthy buildings negatively impact human health and wellbeing.

BY 2050

  • 1.6 billion urban dwellers will be regularly exposed to extreme high temperatures
  • Over 800 million people living in more than 570 cities will be vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding
  • By 2060 the world’s building stock will double and almost 70% of the global population is projected to live in urban areas

By 2030, efficient buildings will be an investment opportunity worth $24.7 trillion

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.

HOW WE HALVE EMISSIONS BY 2030

Businesses and sub-national governments are urged to join the Race to Zero.

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All countries include full building decarbonisation targets, concrete policies and measures and related implementation mechanisms in their NDCs.

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1,000 cities and at least 20% of the largest built environment businesses by revenue committed to the UN’s Race to Zero.

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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).

UN High-Level Climate Action Champion for Egypt at COP27

Regardless of where you live or where you do business, we all need to build resilience to climate change.

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.

UN High-Level Climate Action Champion at COP26

Let’s win the race to a zero emissions and resilient built environment, regions and cities

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.

RACE TO ZERO

Winning the Race to Zero means prioritising zero emissions buildings, infrastructure and cities

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.

RACE TO RESILIENCE

But we can’t win the Race to Zero without winning the Race to Resilience as well

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.

 

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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.

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