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2022-09-12 | Judit Kockat, Sheikh Zuhaib
EU Buildings Climate Tracker: methodology and introduction of building decarbonisation indicators and their results
BPIE

The EU Buildings Climate Tracker finds that the European Union is facing a growing gap in advancing towards climate neutrality in the sector. This paper is complementary as it gives more details about the methodology and outlines results for all sub-indicators of the Tracker.

A first policy briefing highlighting its overall results as well as concrete policy recommendations for the EPBD revision was published in June 2022. This complimentary paper gives more details about the methodology and outlines results for all sub-indicators of the EU Buildings Climate Tracker: 

  1. CO₂ emissions from energy use in buildings by households and services 
  2. Final energy consumption in households and the service 
  3. Improvement in EPC ratings 
  4. Renewable energy share 
  5. Cumulated investment in renovation in real terms
  6. Annual domestic expenditure per household in real terms 
2022-08-30 | Sheikh Zuhaib
Advancing energy performance certificates to next generation: X-tendo gives a series of recommendations to integrate new features into EPC schemes
BPIE

This X-tendo briefing provides recommendations on how to take EPC schemes to the nect level and is targeted at policymakers at EU and Member State level, public authorities and institutions responsible for their design, implementation and management.

2022-09-02
An Energy Sector Roadmap to Net Zero Emissions in Indonesia
IEA

The IEA – at the request of the Government of Indonesia and to coincide with Indonesia’s Presidency of the G20 – has developed a comprehensive roadmap to net zero by 2060 for the country, which charts a path for the country’s energy transition over the coming decades. The analysis in the Energy Sector Roadmap to Net Zero Emissions in Indonesia spans key areas such as people‑centred transitions, the phasing down of coal use, investment and financing needs, and critical minerals. It also sets out a high-ambition pathway in which Indonesia reaches net zero by 2050. The project has been conducted in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia.

2022-09-01
Technology and innovation pathways for zero-carbon-ready buildings by 2030. A strategic vision from the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes
IEA

The new IEA report “Technology and innovation pathways for zero-carbon-ready buildings by 2030. A strategic vision from the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes” gives recommendations for the technology solutions, innovation strategies and policy instruments for the current decade to achieve Zero-Carbon Buildings by 2050. This report combines input from the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes.

2022-02-24 | Anne Svendsen, Pimmie Cordova Schultz
Roadmap for an Energy Efficient, Low-Carbon Buildings and Construction Sector in Indonesia
Danish Energy Agency

This Roadmap has been developed by the Danish Energy Agency - DEA in close cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources – Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (Direktorat Jenderal Energi Baru Terbarukan dan Konservasi Energi) and a group of consultants (Viegand Maagoe A/S from Denmark and Chakra Giri Energi Indonesia from Indonesia). It is based on three stakeholder consultations that took place in the end of 2021 (see annex 1 with list of involved stakeholders). This Roadmap will provide orientation and guidance to public and private key stakeholders in the Indonesian buildings and construction sector as well as non-governmental organizations and civil society. The identified targets and actions build on consultations with the building and construction sector, experts at national level and recommendations from international experts.

2022-04-01
Designing building decarbonisation policies for a socially just energy transition
BPIE

The prevailing narrative influencing policymaking at EU level on energy and climate is that this transition will naturally lead to negative social impacts, which need to be managed and mitigated. However, this can and should be questioned. Is it true that the energy transition and, more specifically, building decarbonisation policies have, by default, negative social impacts? Is it true that the only strategy or solution is to mitigate them?

Alternative narratives, which highlight that there are both negative and positive implications from building decarbonisation measures, should be considered. It should be the goal of good policy design to ensure that positive impacts prevail, and ultimately it is the responsibility of policymakers to achieve this objective. Energy and climate policies, notably in the buildings sector, should aim at maximising positive social impacts and preventing negative ones, then minimising any negative impacts that are unavoidable. This discussion is crucial now, as the EU is reassessing and redesigning the architecture of its energy and climate policy framework, in a context of high energy prices and volatile markets – a context which needs special attention to respond to social impacts.

Download the policy briefing below.

2022-07-25 | Dr.-Ing. Mira Conci, Alicia Carvajal, Oliver Burgess, Alexa Waud, Juan Lopez Aranguren, Jacqueline Oker-Blom, Celia Puertas, Charlotte May, Manuel Alméstar, Rufus Grantham
Bio-Based and Circular Buildings for Healthy, Clean Cities - A Handbook to help cities reduce embodied carbon in construction
EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC and partners have designed the Handbook: Bio-Based and Circular Buildings for Healthy, Clean Cities as an interactive manual and a tracking instrument. It contains information resources and step-by-step processes to help and align local stakeholders’ efforts around reducing embodied carbon emissions in buildings, understand and explore circular practices, and influence changes in the supply chain towards bio-based materials, such as timber – which are more sustainable than the current use of concrete and steel. 

The Handbook supports all actors in the building’s value chain to understand metrics used for decision-making . In doing so, it enables stakeholders to develop benchmarks, to track and evaluate indicators over time; to visualise the processes involved and understand how they need to evolve to lead to different outcomes ; and finally, to create models for collaborative decision-making towards shared goals.

2022-07-11 | John Michael LaSalle, Valerio Micale, Pedro de Aragão Fernandes, Alke Rabinsa Haesra, Eyerusalem Masale, Paul Rosane, Muhammad Ery Wijaya, Muhammad Zeki and Priscilla Negreiros
Financing Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

"Financing Net Zero Carbon Buildings" is the output of an exercise that aims to build the foundation for future work by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (the Alliance) through a structured approach to analyze the challenges and priorities relevant to cities in decarbonizing the buildings sector. It is not an exhaustive study of zero carbon buildings, but rather a guide for future alliance work and exercise to build in-house knowledge.

Read the paper here.

2022-06-30
National Roadmap for Net-Zero Carbon Buildings in Colombia
Colombia GBC, WRI, UNEP, GEF

The National Roadmap for Net-Zero Carbon Buildings in Colombia establishes short, medium and long-term actions for the entire construction sector chain: urban planning, materials, transportation and distribution, design, labeling, certification, water and energy use, and waste management. It is a document that becomes a reference framework with goals and actions to be implemented in this sector to contribute to carbon neutrality, an aspiration set for the year 2050 by the National Government through the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

This roadmap was financed with a budget from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in alliance with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), under the leadership of the Sustainable Construction Council and the Minambiente, with the participation of the advisory committee of the Minvivienda, the National Planning Department (DNP), Minenergía, Camacol and the Planning Secretariats of Cali and Bogota.

Discover the roadmap here.

2022-07-15 | UNEP & GlobalABC
Technical Brief - The Importance of Building Decarbonization and Benefits for the SDGs
3rd Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This technical brief on the Importance of Building Decarbonization and Benefits for the SDGs is developed with the support of UNEP and the GlobalABC to inform the 3rd Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to the IPCC, well-designed and effectively implemented mitigation actions in the buildings sector have significant potential to help achieve the SDGs, as they relate to 15 of the 17 UN SDGs (IPCC, 2022). Whilst contributing to the synergies with most of the SGDs, climate change mitigation actions in the buildings and construction sector may also have trade-offs. The 2030 Agenda sets out ambitious goals for the achievement of a better and more sustainable future for all. Transforming buildings and the built environment can generate multiple benefits, from climate to resources, to improved quality of life, health, shelter and access to basic services. It is critical for the buildings and construction sector to harness the synergies between climate and SDGs while minimising the negative trade-offs. It is also important to note that there exists no one-size-fits-all solution: Synergies and trade-offs vary depending on the national contexts.

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