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COP26 #BuildingsPavilion - How construction can contribute to solving the climate crisis? (Stora Enso Wood Products)


Buildings Pavilion - The Climate Pledge Theater (Hall 5)

COP26 #BuildingsPavilion - Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day

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Place: Buildings Pavilion - The Climate Pledge Theatre (Hall 5)

Time: 14:30 - 15:30 GMT


Representatives of Stora Enso, Google, Lendlease, WEB Limited Group, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Green Building Council call on governments and industry to make urgent commitments to tackle climate change and achieve a net zero society. Leading voices from the building sector came together to call on world governments and the industry to reduce the sector’s environmental impact and accelerate its contribution to fight against climate change through addressing embodied emissions. The organisations represented in the COP 26 event: “How can construction contribute to solving the climate crisis?”, called on: 1. national and subnational governments around the world to adopt a life cycle approach to the reduction of emissions from buildings, and ensure that embodied emissions get addressed from the early stages of planning and building design, and 2. businesses in the building sector to commit to radical collaboration across the value chain in order to develop, promote and adopt sustainable building practices that achieve the reduction of embodied carbon in buildings at scale and without delay. As an industry we have low-carbon and circular solutions that contribute to net-zero buildings, cities and states today. Solutions that contribute to solving the climate crisis, rather than intensifying it. We are at a tipping point in history, and the decisions we make now will impact human lives and the environment for decades to come.


How can construction contribute to solving the climate crisis? During this event, organized by Stora Enso, valued members of the construction industry will discuss and present solutions, showcasing best-practice examples. The objective of the event will be to reach a commitment across the panelists on what the major next steps need to be in order to turn the construction sector from a carbon source into a carbon sink and how it can contribute to positive climate impact.


  • CEO World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa
  • CEO WEB Limited Group & Chair of African Regional Network, Elizabeth W Chege
  • Google Senior Director Real Estate, Joe Van Belleghem
  • CEO Lendlease Europe, Neil Martin
  • CEO Stora Enso Wood Products, Lars Voelkel

This talk is hosted by Stora Enso Wood Products and will be moderated by Claire O’Neill, MD World Business Council for Sustainable Development.