Place: #BuildingsPavilion Auditorium (lot. n°113)
Date: 11 November 2022
Time: 10:30-12:00 Eastern European Time
Lead organisation(s): Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC)
Partners: Yale Center for Ecosystems and Architecture (Yale CEA), Bauhaus Earth, German Environment Agency (UBA)
In 2020, the buildings and construction sector accounted for 36% of global final energy consumption and 37% of energy-related CO2 emissions (UNEP/GlobalABC, 2021). The challenges to reaching a net zero, energy-efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector are considerable, with over 80% of the population that is to be added by 2030 living in countries without any building energy codes or only voluntary codes. Furthermore, by 2050, the number of buildings will have doubled with the biggest growth in Asia and Africa.
The building and construction sector plays an essential role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and delivering the Paris Agreement. Net-zero carbon emissions must be achieved across the overall building life cycle globally by no later than 2050 to achieve the Paris Agreement. The transition to high performance in the sector calls for deep, sector-wide transformation.
This event will present first results of two studies (“Building Materials and the Climate: Status and Solutions” and “Climate-oriented Urban Development - Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential in Synergetic Fields of Action”) focusing on buildings materials and their role in the decarbonization of the building and construction sector in different geographies and contexts, like urban areas. In a panel discussion, the authors and contributors of the studies will dive into specific aspects of the studies and discuss how to best incorporate these findings into policy-making processes at all levels.
- Highlight the role of embodied carbon and building materials in the decarbonization of the buildings sector
- Present the key findings of scientific studies related to building materials and discuss their policy and sectoral implications