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COP26 #BuildingsPavilion - Rethinking the built environment's potential in connection with our energy system (IEA in collaboration with GlobalABC)


Buildings Pavilion - Boardroom (Hall 4)

COP26 #BuildingsPavilion

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Place: Buildings Pavilion - Boardroom (Hall 4) - 16 places available

Time: 17:15 - 18:15 GMT


On Nov 2nd, the GlobalABC co-chairs, the IEA, IPCC, Sénégal and Morocco discussed the IEA Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap. All participants recognised the astronomical carbon footprint of buildings and construction, and outlined priorities to bring it to zero, including energy efficiency, fuel switching, lifecycle accounting, system integration and resilience.


Buildings and building construction account for 37% of global energy- and process-related CO2 emissions globally. The GlobalABC’s Buildings Global Status Report and IEA’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report show that efforts since COP21, despite having led to efficiency gains and increased clean energy technology uptake, will not be sufficient to achieve global climate mitigation ambitions. To guide government action, the IEA’s Net-Zero by 2050 Roadmap showed a pathway to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 paved by dozens of technology and policy milestones. In this event, experts will discuss how concerted action by governments, NGOs, industries and international organisations could put buildings on track to net-zero emissions.

The event, organized in collaboration with the GlobalABC, will highlight the massive buildings sector carbon footprint and the need to take action. It will present the concept of zero-carbon-ready buildings, and how mandatory construction codes and renovations to this performance level could yield to net-zero emissions. The main part of the event will be dedicated to a roundtable discussion on policy needs for the roll out of zero-carbon-ready buildings, how to finance them, as well as technology challenges for their large-scale deployment.


  • Tom Howes, Head of Energy and Environment Division, IEA
  • Chiara Delmastro, Energy Analyst Buildings, IEA
  • Thibaut Abergel, Energy Analyst, IEA
  • Roland Hunziker, Director of sustainable buildings and cities, WBCSD
  • Yamina Saheb, Lead Author, IPCC
  • Régis Meyer, French Ministry of Ecological Transition
  • Ilyas Essabai, Ingénieur Energies Renouvelables & Efficacité Energétique, Morrocan Ministry of National Territory Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy
  • Ernest Dione, Senegal Ministry for the Environment and Sustainable Development

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