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Roadmaps for Buildings and Construction

GlobalABC global and regional roadmaps: Forging pathways towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector

The GlobalABC Global and Regional Roadmaps for Buildings and Construction in Africa, Asia and Latin America help set pathways to decarbonization of the buildings and construction sector by 2050. Developed as a framework and a process, they present a comprehensive approach to emission reductions from the built environment along the full life cycle, with aspirational short and medium term and longer-term targets goals aligned with the MPGCA Human Settlements Pathways and timelines towards achieving zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction between 2020 and 2050.

The roadmaps cover eight themes, including urban planning, new buildings, existing buildings, building operations, appliances and systems, materials, resilience and clean energy, in the quest of harnessing the sector’s enormous opportunities for decarbonization and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Built on a global methodology, they reflect regional specificities, and highlight priorities and data gaps for each region.

Developed in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the roadmaps are a product of a highly consultative process, involving more than 700 experts who engaged in its development process, refining them each time with more data and examples from the regions. They bring a common vision and language for the buildings and construction sector's highly fragmented value-chain and support the transition towards the decarbonization of the sector. The WBCSD Building System Carbon Framework is a complementary tool for setting a common language, a simple and transparent way to represent and understand carbon emissions across the life-cycle of buildings, enabling alignment and synergies between the various actors of the value chain. 

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GlobalABC regional decarbonization roadmaps- Eight key categories


GlobalABC Global Roadmap for Buildings and Construction


GlobalABC Regional Roadmap for Buildings and Construction in Africa


GlobalABC Regional Roadmap for Buildings and Construction in Asia
GlobalABC Regional Roadmap for Buildings and Construction in Latin America


Roadmap Coordination Hub

Following the launch of the GlobalABC Regional Roadmaps for Buildings and Construction in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the work in roadmap development continues at full speed. While these roadmaps continue to be disseminated as powerful tools for promoting decarbonization of the built environment, the methodology and process are now being cascaded to sub-regional, national and sub-national levels leaping forward towards implementation in over 30 countries/jurisdictions (including Türkiye, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, India, Odisha & Maharashtra States, Bangladesh, 22 countries and territories in the Arab League, China’s Greater Bay Area (Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau), Cambodia, Viet Nam, ASEAN, Colombia, and Indonesia) by GlobalABC members in collaboration with the GlobalABC. In addition, buildings and construction roadmaps are being developed by the WorldGBC and national GBCs as part of the #BuildingLife Project, including the European Union, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Chile, UK, Poland, Spain, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Mauritius


The roadmap coordination hub is a core group where synergies between the different initiatives are identified and explored, ensuring that the lifespan of the roadmaps extends well beyond the projects, through local engagement and implementation. Through expertise sharing and the pooling of data, these organisations are working together to develop key actions to lay the foundations for the 2050 vision and to bridge roadmaps to higher level political processes like the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the MPGCA Pathways to ensure engagement and commitment across the entire value-chain and constituencies. This is yet another instance of the radical collaboration pushing towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector. Would you like to be engaged in roadmap activities in this sector? Contact us at!  

Roadmap Coordination Hub Members

dena iea world-green-building-council world-resources-institute peeb ministere-transition-ecologique unece danish-energy-agency wbcsd gbpn department-of-energy iisbe ucl ministerio-vivienda-urbanismo rmi ministry-of-energy giz c4o-cities UNOPS