Week of Events
Towards adaptation of the Building sector in the Mediterranean Region
11:00 - 12:30 (EET)
10:30 - 11:30 (EET)
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 our cities remain liveable and sustainable. But how can we do so? This panel hopes to share insights on how cities can enhance liveability and sustainabilityContinue 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 Green Obsession. Trees Towards Cities,Humans Towards Forests, a side event in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecological Transition within the Italian Pavilion in the Sharm El-Sheikh InternationalContinue 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 change has never been more important. This panel-through a collaboration with the Resilient Cites Network-hopes to share insights and experience in building climate resilience and inspireContinue 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 increase over the next 30 years, the concentrations of people and key infrastructure will lead to increased climate risks, but paradoxically, also increases the potential forContinue 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, Cuban and Indian universities with funds from the Swiss government. Concrete is key to build tomorrow green cities and the needed infrastructure in the Global South.Continue 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 Paris agreement. Therefore, Nearly Zero Carbon buildings must become standard before 2030 and this is best done through regulations. More countries has already set requirement toContinue 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 future must preserve fragile biodiversity while simultaneously retaining the cultural integrity of diverse communities. With technology advancing in leaps and bounds, how do we ensure changeContinue 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 we now know requires immediate mitigation of our carbon (CO2) footprint, as well as an increase in carbon storage. Considering that the urban building stock isContinue 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 climate change within urban settings, so as to reduce the overall impact of these. We will engage with a panel representing business, NGO, cities and investors,Continue 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 in the rate of energy efficiency investment as a share of total investment in buildings. If a clean, efficient and resilient building/construction sector is to beContinue 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 with Building Resilience Index. It is a web-based hazard mapping and resilience assessment framework for buildings, designed to facilitate access to location-specific hazard information, provide measuresContinue 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 and a greater sense of urgency than ever, companies are changing their products, services and the way they do business to leverage new opportunities and addressContinue 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 decarbonize our urban infrastructure. With smart investments, policy and deployment of these solution – we can increase the resilience of critical institutions in the urban environment,Continue reading "Unusual Suspects: Innovative Technology Opportunities for City Decarbonization"
Accelerating decarbonisation on the ground: Injecting the true cost and opportunity of decarbonisation into the heart of every property investment decision
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 currently less than 1%. Allocating investment to decarbonisation is at the heart of this challenge, but at present there is no universal method for the realContinue 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. . This side event will discuss ways to transition the built environment towards net zero and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. Speakers: - Mikkel Bülow Lehnsby, ChairmanContinue 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-GSR provides an annual snapshot of the progress of the buildings and construction sector on a global scale and reviews the status of policies, finance, technologies,Continue 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 Net Zero (GFANZ). To achieve the ambitious goals, the financial institutions must leverage the financing and investing decisions to influence the industries and address the financedContinue reading "Financing a net zero built environment"
From energy security to heating our homes – scaling up green buildings to boost resilience against the energy crisis
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 energy bills. At the same time, the energy demand from buildings is rising likewise. The buildings and construction sector is booming to build homes, schools andContinue reading "From energy security to heating our homes – scaling up green buildings to boost resilience against the energy crisis"
Climate adaptation, building summer comfort : feed-back from voluntary and mandatory schemes implementation and perspectives in a RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 context
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 energy needs. Resilient new buildings and renovations should anticipate in their design, construction and operation the average raise in temperatures and provide thermal safety against longerContinue reading "Climate adaptation, building summer comfort : feed-back from voluntary and mandatory schemes implementation and perspectives in a RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 context"
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 and best practices to address challenges and leverage experiences and ideas with our counterparts from the region and beyond. Determine global green building trends from theContinue reading "Introduction – Green Building Movement – Solutions, Responses and Experiences"
10:00 - 11:00 (EET) A high-level panel of experts will discuss key levers and innovation strategies for accelerating the decarbonization of the construction value chain. Speakers: Fernando A. González, CEMEX CEO and Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO of Gensler
10:30 - 11:30 (EET) Climate change and the race to zero presents the greatest ever challenge to the designers, architects and engineers of urban systems: the buildings and infrastructure that make up and support our cities. The urban climate transformation relies upon both the rapid deployment of innovative and integrated urban systems, and the deepContinue reading "Decarbonisation of the built environment"
Achieving measurable climate benefits through innovative infrastructure investments in North America
11:30 - 13:00 (EET) North American subnational leaders will describe recent infrastructure projects for water, transportation, and clean energy within their jurisdictions that measurably and transparently contribute to the goals of greenhouse gas mitigation, climate resilience, and equity for a net-zero future. Speakers: Sofía Hernández Morales- Dir. Enviro Policy, Jalisco, Mexico; George Heyman- Minister ofContinue reading "Achieving measurable climate benefits through innovative infrastructure investments in North America"
12:00 - 13:00 (EET) Gensler's global director of ESG consulting, Juliette Morgan, will provide a TED Talk style presentation on the immediate actions the real estate sector can take to become net zero. Juliette will speak to what is needed with the sector's value chain and how its ecosystem of players can help fast trackContinue reading "Gensler TED Talk"
12:25 - 13:05 (EET) Our cities already face extreme heat, food shortages, severe risk of flooding and rising inequality. Further climate breakdown will affect cities significantly. Despite this, cities are also the testbeds and trailblazers of climate innovation, developing and deploying innovative climate policies, projects and programmes across the built environment, transport and buildings sectorsContinue reading "From Global to Local: “Climate change will be won and lost in cities”"
13:30 - 16:15 (EET) In the past 20 years, natural disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, claimed 1.3 million lives, and caused $2 trillion USD in economic losses (World Bank, UN). By 2050, over 970 cities could be subjected to extreme heat, with over 570 cities impacted by sea level rise, to name just twoContinue reading "Climate resilience in the built environment: adapting to a changing climate"
15:00 - 15:45 (EET)
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, collaboration, and climate finance can boost the delivery of resilient, healthy, equitable and efficient buildings Speakers: Dr Abdel Khalek Ibrahim, Assistant Minister for Technical Affairs,Continue reading "Future-proofing the built environment: Unlocking finance for inclusive & resilient housing"
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 are witnessing across all major US cities. The discussion will explore the complex relationship between decarbonizing existing building stock to create a net zero future whileContinue reading "Realizing equitable and resilient decarbonized communities"
16:30 - 18:00 (EET)
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 the world projected to live in substandard housing by 2030. It is within this framework that the High-Level Champions identified a key breakthrough in the sector:Continue reading "Building for a Billion: The Resilient Housing Implementation Lab"
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 of the urban environment and the construction sector, as well as pathways towards a net-zero society.
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, around 80% of today’s buildings will be here in 2050. These will need retrofitting to comply with incoming regulations and changing expectations among occupiers, employees and customers. InContinue reading "Retrofitting & Resilience: Tackling Real Estate’s Biggest Challenges"
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"
Coming on the eve of the COP Decarbonisation Day, where cement and concrete will feature prominently on the programme, this will be an opportunity to come together to reflect on our industry’s collective action and progress, and challenges ahead.
08:00 - 09:30 (EET)
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) By 2050, Africa's fast-growing population will make up a quarter of the global population. In our changing climate, buildings, which account for 39% of carbon emissions,Continue reading "Building capacity and hope: Shaping a future-ready built environment for emerging economies"
09:00 - 10:00 (EET) Managing and reducing disaster and climate risk is essential to the resilience of infrastructure systems and the essential services they provide. Accessible and comparable probabilistic multi-hazard,Continue reading "From Risk to Resilience: The path towards achieving disaster and climate resilient infrastructure"
09:00 - 10:30 (EET) The session expected outcomes with meetMED II project which is an EU funded project in cooperation between RCREEE and MEDNER, it will be highlighting and identifyContinue reading "District Cooling in the South Med countries"
10:00 - 12:00
THEMATIC SESSION: Building our Future – The potential of the buildings sector and building materials for a climate neutral world
10:30 - 12:00 (EET) The event will present first results of research projects focusing on buildings and building materials. Specific studies and topics to be touched upon are: 1) theContinue reading "THEMATIC SESSION: Building our Future – The potential of the buildings sector and building materials for a climate neutral world"
11:15 - 12:15 (EET) WorldGBC calls on the building and construction sector to recognise how offsetting residual emissions is critical to achieving sector decarbonisation goals. 'Advancing Net Zero Whole LifeContinue reading "The adoption of Advancing Net Zero"
11:15 - 12:45 (EET)
Realizing Infrastructure’s Resilience Dividend: Essential insights for piloting, financing and delivering impact at scale
12:30 - 13:30 (EET) Few organizations or parts of the world have fully realized infrastructure’s “resilience dividend” through new regulations, capacity-building, and effective pricing of climate risk. This session willContinue reading "Realizing Infrastructure’s Resilience Dividend: Essential insights for piloting, financing and delivering impact at scale"
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 a wide variety of ways in which buildings sector climate actions are mentioned and described in NDCs. Some countries have provided comprehensive descriptions of their actions,Continue reading "Buildings sector actions – the unprecedented opportunity for climate change commitments"
13:00 - 14:00 (EET) Given that more than 60% of carbon emissions within our cities typically comes from buildings, a growing number of city governments recognize that it’s time forContinue reading "Cities, Real Estate and Decarbonisation"
13:00 - 14:30 (EET) In cooperation with UNEP, The goal of the event is to provide a call to action to local and national governments, real-estate developers, investors, and utilitiesContinue reading "District Cooling: A Low Carbon Solution to Cool Cities"
14:00 - 14:00 (EET)
14:00 - 14:40 (EET)
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
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 these impacts—initially focused on the energy used during the operations phase. However, as buildings approach net-zero energy and carbon in their operations, the embodied carbon inContinue reading "Decarbonising Buildings: Data, Standards, Policies and Tools to Support a Life-Cycle Approach"
15:00 - 16:00 (EET)
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 - with Africa’s carbon output per person growing exponentially faster than its population. This increase in carbon emissions is one of the drivers towards a low-carbon developmentContinue reading "The Africa We Want: Transitioning to a Net Zero Built Environment in Africa"
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 and their role in driving this transformation. The panel will discuss how technology and innovative solutions can accelerate decarbonization. We will engage with women leaders inContinue reading "Women Leading the Decarbonisation of our Built Environment"
Climate change and the commitment to ‘leaving no one behind’ in cities – the role of built environment solutions to secure resilience and inclusion
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 short and long term consequences. In this sense, the session aims to address the reinforced contribution of local governments to ensure resilience to its territory, andContinue reading "Climate change and the commitment to ‘leaving no one behind’ in cities – the role of built environment solutions to secure resilience and inclusion"
11:00 - 12:30 (EET)
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 is responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions. If we are serious about a global transition to truly sustainable construction, the industry needs to radically reduceContinue 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 we mean all the same? There are sometime small or big difference in interpretation (carbon vs energy, operational vs whole life, offset vs removals, etc). WithContinue 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 ultimate demonstration and implementation of the SDGs. Therefore, this panel discussion aims to discuss how the real estate developers, through a defined value system designed forContinue 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, national government policymakers and urban climate finance experts. Participants will consider the role each stakeholder can play in scaling finance for urban climate adaptation. AheadContinue reading "How national and local governments can scale urban climate finance adaptation and resilience"
From Hawaii to the Heartland: Advancing Equitable, Ambitious Solutions to Climate Change in US Cities & Counties
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-driven solutions to combat the climate crisis while protecting the health, safety and welfare of residents and businesses. In this session, we will showcase the approachesContinue 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 their experiences integrating modules on fabric-first design and construction into coursework at higher education institutions and how Passive House can benefit higher education facilities by providingContinue 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 the world to show what these practices mean for your city, based on your local context. This launch event will include an overview of the APEX (Advanced PracticesContinue reading "APEX – IFC’s Green Cities Launch"
18:30 - 20:00 (EET) High-Level Roundtable on Just Transitions: Business, Human Rights, and Climate Action An annual COP roundtable assessing emerging global practice on the social imperatives of transitions out of high-carbon industries, transitions into low-carbon and RE systems, and the government and investor leadership required to ensure justice and equity are at the centreContinue reading "High-Level Roundtable on Just Transitions: Business, Human Rights, and Climate Action"
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 achieve 2050 goals. Developing technical capacity of workforce & creating public-private partnerships will be essential.
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 growing demand is a challenge for the entire value chain, and the aluminium industry is committed to finding the solutions needed to reduce the carbon intensityContinue reading "Roadmap for a Hard-to-Abate Sector: The Case for Aluminium"