Skip to main content

Member events

COP27 #BuildingsPavilion - Mobilising Ambition Loops to Decarbonise the Built Environment

COP27 #BuildingsPavilion, Auditorium (lot. n°113)

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

COP27 #BuildingsPavilion

Place: #BuildingsPavilion Auditorium (lot. n°113)

Date: 16 November 2022

Time: 10:30-11:30 Eastern European Time

Lead organisation(s): VELUX

Watch Recording


Limiting warming to around 1.5C requires global greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2025 at the latest and be reduced by 43% by 2030. Representing nearly 40% of global energy-related emissions and 50% of extracted materials, decarbonising the built environment can rapidly accelerate climate action. By 2060 the world’s building stock will double and almost 70% of the global population is projected to live in urban areas. With a focus on ‘whole-life carbon mitigation’, the sector’s leading actors are mobilising behind the net-zero buildings commitment:

By 2030, 100% of new buildings must be net-zero carbon ready in operation and embodied carbon must be reduced by at least 40%, and by 2050, all new and existing assets must be net zero across the whole life cycle. Despite this, according to the World Green Business Council, under $3 of every $100 spent on new construction goes to efficient buildings, and most countries do not include full building decarbonisation targets as part of their NDCs, and certain areas such as building materials are under-addressed.

The aim is to stage a conversation about how ambitious actors in the buildings sector are advancing on their net-zero buildings commitments; what priority actions they must take together across the buildings value-chain to generate co-benefits across their Scope 3 commitments; and how business leaders and policy makers can come together to co-create ambitions loops that can deliver tipping points for a thriving buildings sector in a net-zero economy.


  • Morten Helveg Petersen, MEP, Member of the Renew Europe Group, Deputy Chair, ITRE Committee
  • Bex Porter, Built Environment Lead, UNFCCC Climate Champions Team 
  • Valentina De Marco, International Coordinator of Alliances and Projects, Argentine Network of Municipalities facing Climate Change (RAMCC)
  • Pauline Op de Beeck, Head of Sales Europe, Carbon Trust
  • Victoria Kate Burrows, Director Advancing Net Zero, World Green Buildings Council
  • Johanna Pirinen, Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainability Wood Products Division, Stora Enso
  • Duncan Baker-Brown, Council member, Co-chair, Climate Expert Advisory Group, RIBA 
  • Jamie Rusby, Group Director Sustainability, VELUX Group
  • Lesley Mitchell, Associate Director, Forum for the Future (moderator)