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Launch Event - Human Settlements Climate Action Pathway Built Environment Track

Date: 29 July

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 CET

The GlobalABC is co-lead for the Human Settlements Pathway, under the Marrakech Partnership Global Climate Action (MPGCA), leading the work on the Built Environment track. Join us on Thursday, 29 July | 12:00 - 13:00 CET for the launching event of this pathway and learn more about the vision proposed by this document and how lead stakeholders of the building and construction sector are crystallizing that vision into action.

The Human Settlements are one of the Thematic Areas of the Climate Action Pathways, which are a vital part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) tools to enhance climate action and ambition towards fully implementing the Paris Agreement. The Pathways aim to provide a roadmap to help Parties and non-Party stakeholders alike to identify actions needed by 2025, 2030 and 2040 as steps to get to the 2050 vision of a 1.5°C resilient world. In this regard, the climate action pathway for human settlements addresses whole-life carbon mitigation, adaptation and resilience in the built environment, as well as waste and consumption within human settlements.

Restricting climate change to 1.5°C would need “rapid and far-reaching” changes around energy use, industry and buildings design, as well as the wider planning of cities and infrastructure. The buildings and construction sector currently account for almost 40% of global energy and process-related carbon emissions, while around half of buildings that are predicted to exist in 2050 have yet to be built. Continuing in this direction, over 970 cities could be subjected to extreme heat, 500 cities could suffer from lack of water availability, and over 570 cities could be impacted by sea level rise by 2050. If action is not taken today, we risk locking emissions and vulnerability into our buildings and infrastructure that will become increasingly costly to mitigate in the future. Based on this critical observation, the built environment track of the Human Settlements climate action pathway outlines a set of necessary stakeholder (i.e. policy makers, financial institutions, technology providers and innovators, business and service providers and civil society) actions to be taken to accelerate the transition to a net-zero carbon, healthy and resilient built environment.
The Human Settlements Climate Action Pathway is strongly linked to the Race to Zero (RtZ), Cities Race to Zero, and Race to Resilience (RtR) campaigns, as they lay the pathway for the 2050 vision to come to fruition. This Pathway informed the objective of the RtZ breakthroughs on Built Environment, and which articulate what key actors must do, and by when, to deliver the sectoral changes needed to achieve a resilient, zero carbon future by 2050 at the latest.

Through this event, the organizers aim to present version 2.1 of the Built Environment track of the Human Settlements Pathway, introducing the vision and structure of the document but also, how it speaks to the different stakeholder groups. The goal is to show that everyone has a role to play in decarbonizing the buildings and construction sector, and that radical, timely collaboration is key to unlock the mitigation, adaptation and resilience potential of this sector, while promoting economic development, job growth, healthy and equitable societies. Join us!

Preliminary agenda

  • Opening & Introduction - Gonzalo Munoz, Chile High Level Climate Champion
  • Kick off presentation - Martina Otto, Head of UNEP Cities Unit and GlobalABC Secretariat
  • RTZ Built Environment System Map - James Drinkwater, Head of Built Environment, Laudes Foundation
  • Panel Discussion: How does system trasnformation happen?  
    • Policy - Régis Meyer, Chargé de Mission Climat Energie, Ministry of Ecological Transition, France
    • Finance - Corinne Figueredo, Head of Operations, EDGE Green Building Transformation Program, International Finance Corporation
    • Business - Dame Jo da Silva, Global Director of Sustainable Development, ARUP
    • Technology - Clémence Arto, Head of Government Affairs - Europe, Autodesk
    • Civil Society - Paul Currie, Manager of Urban Systems, ICLEI Africa
  • Wrap up and closing remarks

Read the Human Settlements Pathway here, and register for the launching event on this link!