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The GlobalABC Work Areas

The GlobalABC currently has five Work Areas. All aim to address key barriers to a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector from a different angle. Our members self-select into our Work Areas depending on interest and expertise.

AWARENESS AND EDUCATION

Purpose in one sentence: We support building capacity to promote the transition towards a zero-emission and resilient built environment globally as well as raising awareness of the potential and urgency of transforming the sector. 

Strategy and main objectives: This Work Area is tasked with raising awareness among stakeholders, communicating key messages and insights to the GlobalABC members and beyond as well as disseminating promising education and training initiatives and identifying any gaps that need addressing:

  • Identifying and dissemination novel, promising approaches and solutions towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.
  • Sharing best practices.
  • Disseminating training and education opportunities, including relevant contributions to the Global Status Report.

Work Area co-chairs include: 

  • One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 
  • World Resources Institute

Contact the GlobalABC Secretariat to get in touch with Work Area 1 at global.abc[at]un.org.   

PUBLIC POLICIES

Purpose in one sentence: Unite the numerous, independent and scattered buildings and construction sector’s stakeholders, in particular public authorities, through facilitating consistent, effective regulation, especially building codes, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), norms, financial and fiscal incentives. 

Strategy and main objectives

  • Showcase the buildings and construction sector’s stakeholder policies and enable peer-to-peer learning at international level. 
  • Mobilise GlobalABC members to facilitate national strategies for zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings, and establishing national alliances.
  • Promote the integration of sustainable buildings in NDCs. 
  • Enable city and subnational engagement. 
  • Engage buildings stakeholders to engage in climate change adaptation policies. 

Work Area 2 set up a dedicated subgroup on the topic of adaptation. Spurred by Morocco it is coordinated by OID (Observatoire de L’immobilier Durable) and the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition (MTES) and brings together ten members of the GlobalABC (countries, intergovernmental, civil society) with contributions from 30 additional members. The group is developing a report to provide guidance to governments on how to include building adaptation actions into their national plans and how to link adaptation and  mitigation strategies and actions, throughout the life cycle of buildings. Furthermore,  recommendations by type of actor (including investors, developers, insurers), and estimates of the impact of actions and costs are being elaborated.

Work Area co-chairs include: 

  • French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition (MTES)
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)

Or contact the GlobalABC Secretariat to get in touch with Work Area 2 at global.abc[at]un.org 

MARKET TRANSFORMATION

Purpose in one sentence: Engage business and other stakeholders in the decarbonization of the entire building value chain; provide an opportunity to companies to shape the dialogue with national and sub-national policy makers about the enabling framework for private sector action.

Strategy and main objectives: The Work Area engages companies at the global level to raise ambition and share best practice on the decarbonization of the building sector, such as technology innovation, new business and financing models, procurement and value chain collaboration. For this, the WA brings together companies along the full value chain, from material providers, equipment companies to design and construction firms, real estate and finance companies to work together on how they can align their actions. The WA also enables interaction between companies and policy makers to promote an enabling environment. Align different companies’ efforts towards a global GHG emission reduction goal.

Work Area co-chairs include: 

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • LafargeHolcim
  • World Green Building Council (WorldGBC): office[at]worldgbc.org 

Or contact the GlobalABC Secretariat to get in touch with Work Area 3 at global.abc[at]un.org
 

FINANCE

Purpose in one sentence: Contribute to narrowing the public and private finance gap for investments in zero-carbon, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction, including property development. 

Strategy and main objectives: This Work Area is tasked with key actions that scale-up finance for a zero-carbon, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector through:

  • Highlighting finance needs for a transition toward a zero-carbon, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.
  • Mapping existing financing opportunities for a zero-carbon, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.
  • Promoting innovative financing tools for specific activities.
  • Enabling reliable information for investors to reduce risk and create value of more efficient buildings.
  • Enabling funding for policies to conceive and implement energy efficiency in buildings. 

Work Area co-chairs include: 

Contact the GlobalABC Secretariat to get in touch with Work Area 4 at global.abc[a]un.org .

BUILDING MEASUREMENT, DATA AND INFORMATION

Purpose in one sentence: This Work Area works toward a fair and harmonized measurement system basis to close the information gap and to support buildings and construction policy & investment with Measurable, Reportable and Verifiable (MRV) Data.

Strategy and main objectives: The Work Area bases its activities on survey findings which aimed to determine what type of data is captured by the buildings and construction sector, how data varies across regions, and what challenges exist, including data storage, reporting, availability, collection, accessibility and quality. This Work Areas aims for a fair and harmonized measurement system basis through:

  • Develop guideline on scope of building passport (living document).
  • Gain greater international visibility.
  • Assess possible cross-task cooperation on data relevant issues (for example science-based targets).
  • Test format or Building Passport.

Work Area co-chairs include:

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Climate-KIC
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving (SEEA) 

Contact the GlobalABC Secretariat to get in touch with Work Area 5 at global.abc[at]un.org 


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