The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) was launched at COP21, as part of the Lima Paris Action Agenda. It connects governments, private sector and organisations to drive the transformation to a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector. The GlobalABC focuses on the achievement of the low-carbon and energy transition through fostering the development of appropriate policies for sustainable, energy efficient buildings, which allows a concrete value-chain transformation of the sector.
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Specifically, the GlobalABC aims at supporting and accelerating the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to put the buildings and construction sector on a below 2 °C path. The Alliance thus facilitates the implementation of the Paris Agreement for the buildings and construction sector in terms of energy efficiency gains, growth of renewable energy, GHG emissions reduction, and increasing the share of eco-friendly buildings, whether new or renovated.
Today, the GlobalABC gathers 27 countries and 84 non-state organizations (sub-national, non-governmental organisations and private sector) from all over the world. It intends to increase the pace and scale of actions through three Common Global Objectives: Communication, Collaboration and Solutions.
→ Communicate: Raising awareness and engagements in order to make visible the magnitude of the opportunities and impacts in the buildings and construction sector, define sectoral climate goals and promote transparency and information exchange.
→ Collaborate: Further enabling actions on public policies and market transformations to achieve existing climate commitments, through implementing partnerships, sharing technology and know-how, and improving deal-flow and facilitate access to efficient financing and funding.
→ Solutions: Offering programs for further ambition and locally adapted solutions that firmly put the buildings sector on a below 2 °C path: increasing efficiency of buildings systems and envelope, mainstreaming low GHG materials, low-emission new buildings and scaling up deep renovation.
The GlobalABC works across 5 unique Work Areas which comprise a holistic strategy to drive a transition towards low-GHG and resilient real estate:
The GlobalABC Secretariat is hosted by UN Environment's Economy Division. To contact the Secretariat, email us at Global[dot]ABC[at]un[dot]org.
As the graph below shows, substantial progress can be made since more countries could commit themselves to take effective action in the sector.