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COP26 #BuildingsPavilion - Navigating the transition to Zero Carbon Buildings (GlobalABC and WRI)


Buildings Pavilion - The Climate Pledge Theatre (Hall 5)

COP26 #BuildingsPavilion

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

Time: 16:00 - 17:30 GMT

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and World Resources Institute will host a joint event on the occasion of COP26's opening day to announce the Buildings as a Critical Climate Solution commitment and showcase countries developing roadmaps to implement these ambitious goals.

Over one-third of the world’s global carbon emissions are generated by the buildings sector. The buildings and construction sector, as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, must urgently be decarbonized if we are to have any chance of meeting the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. To address this sleeping giant, the GlobalABC and WRI are working with national governments to commit to Buildings as a Critical Climate Solution and develop building decarbonisation roadmaps to ensure these ambitious goals become reality. 

Similarly, the World Resources Institute launched the Zero Carbon Building Accelerator in June 2021 to support national and subnational governments in aligning their decarbonization efforts through coordinated road maps and action plans. In this session, national ministers and mayors from Turkey and Colombia, the first two countries to participate in the project, will share their insights on the biggest barriers and opportunities in working towards building decarbonization and  sector transformation  to meet the 2030 and 2050 climate goals. Partners will discuss the stakeholder engagement process and collaborating across sectors to ensure that transformative action be contextualized and impactful. 

To close the session, we’ll be recognizing the countries that have increased their ambition by endorsing the Buildings as a Critical Climate Solution then open up the floor to discuss the importance of building decarbonization for their countries and globally.


Welcome remarks

  • Moderator: Jennifer Layke

Opening remarks: 

  • Martina Otto, Head of UNEP's Cities Unit and GlobalABC Secretariat

Fireside Chat: the ZCBA approach and moderated Q & A

  • Juan Nicolás Galarza Sánchez, Deputy Minister of Environmental Planning, Colombia
  • Roy Alejandro Barreras Cortés, Director of City Planning, Cali, Colombia

 Panel: NDC roadmaps and the BCCS and moderated Q&A

  • Maria Carolina Urmeneta Labarca, Ministry of Environment, Chile
  • Rasmi Hamzeh, Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF)

Closing Remarks

  • Ministry of Ecological Transition of France (and co-chair of the GlobalABC Steering Committee)

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