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Launching the GlobalABC Africa Regional Roadmap for Buildings and Construction

LAUNCH: GlobalABC Regional Roadmap for Buildings and Construction in Africa

** Thursday, 15 October 2020 – 14:00 BST **

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In 2018, the African buildings sector accounted for 61% of final energy use and 32% of energy-related CO2 emissions[1]. Since 2010, growth in emissions has been driven by a 23% rise in regional population and a 25% increase in wealth (as GDP), which has increased the demand for floor area and for energy consuming services. A significant scale-up in investment will be needed thus to unlock the benefits of low-carbon buildings and construction: the IFC estimates the investment opportunity for green buildings to be around USD 768 billion, most of which is in the residential sector.

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), and in partnership with the World Green Building Council, are pleased to invite you to the launching of the GlobalABC Regional Roadmap for Buildings and Construction in Africa.

As a product of a highly consultative process, we had more than 100 experts engaged in the development of the Africa roadmap, refining them each time with more data and examples from the region. Now, it presents policy and technology targets and timelines, as well as key actions under eight priority areas which range from urban planning to new buildings, building retrofits, building operations, systems, materials, resilience and clean energy, in the quest of harnessing the sector’s enormous opportunities for decarbonization and achieving the sustainable development goals.  It reflects specificities of the region, highlighting priorities and data gaps. Hence, the Africa Roadmap presents both, a framework and a process that can be used at the national level and support the buildings and construction sector’s Race to Zero by 2050.

Join the virtual launching event where you will learn about the key findings of the report and have the opportunity to join other buildings experts in the region in a rich discussion on how this roadmap can be used to advance decarbonization in the African buildings and construction sector.



[1] excluding emissions from manufacturing building materials and products such as steel, cement and glass (IEA, 2019).