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Sustainable Building Materials Hub Launch event
| 15:00-16:00 CEST

Join the GlobalABC Sustainable Building Materials Hub online launch event

This new resource centre is designed to help governments and policymakers around the world to develop the policies that are urgently needed to decarbonize and address the resource-use impacts of buildings and construction.

Hear from expert speakers from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Green Building Council of Costa Rica, and sustainability consultants Bioregional as they explain why the impact of building materials is a defining issue of the climate and ecological crisis, and how the hub will help policymakers address it through actions such as building code development, public procurement and supporting market transformation towards alternative, lower-impact materials. 

Building materials are set to dominate resource consumption over the coming decades, and already have a considerable environmental impact. In 2021, the buildings and construction sector accounted for around 37% of global energy-related emissions, and the global construction boom is expected to double the construction industry’s raw material use by 2060. 

To support governments and policymakers to pivot towards the use of more sustainable, less carbon-intensive materials, UNEP and the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), supported by the sustainability consultancy Bioregional, have developed a global information hub on sustainable building materials. 

On launch, the hub will bring together more than 200 resources including research papers, case studies, tools, databases, and policy briefs. This will include the flagship study Building Materials and the Climate: Constructing a New Future to be published on 12 September by UNEP and Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture, under the GlobalABC.

This webinar will include an overview of the Hub and its role in supporting policymakers to address the impact of building materials within their countries, with an opportunity for a Q&A with our panel of experts. 


  • Sue Riddlestone OBE, Chief Executive, Bioregional 
  • Mona Mohammed, Programme Officer, Life Cycle Initiative, UNEP 
  • Stewart Muir, Senior Technical Consultant, Bioregional 
  • Nicolas Ramirez, Executive Director, Green Building Council of Costa Rica 

Register here!