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2022-07-25 | Dr.-Ing. Mira Conci, Alicia Carvajal, Oliver Burgess, Alexa Waud, Juan Lopez Aranguren, Jacqueline Oker-Blom, Celia Puertas, Charlotte May, Manuel Alméstar, Rufus Grantham
Bio-Based and Circular Buildings for Healthy, Clean Cities - A Handbook to help cities reduce embodied carbon in construction
EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC and partners have designed the Handbook: Bio-Based and Circular Buildings for Healthy, Clean Cities as an interactive manual and a tracking instrument. It contains information resources and step-by-step processes to help and align local stakeholders’ efforts around reducing embodied carbon emissions in buildings, understand and explore circular practices, and influence changes in the supply chain towards bio-based materials, such as timber – which are more sustainable than the current use of concrete and steel. 

The Handbook supports all actors in the building’s value chain to understand metrics used for decision-making . In doing so, it enables stakeholders to develop benchmarks, to track and evaluate indicators over time; to visualise the processes involved and understand how they need to evolve to lead to different outcomes ; and finally, to create models for collaborative decision-making towards shared goals.

2022-07-11 | John Michael LaSalle, Valerio Micale, Pedro de Aragão Fernandes, Alke Rabinsa Haesra, Eyerusalem Masale, Paul Rosane, Muhammad Ery Wijaya, Muhammad Zeki and Priscilla Negreiros
Financing Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

"Financing Net Zero Carbon Buildings" is the output of an exercise that aims to build the foundation for future work by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (the Alliance) through a structured approach to analyze the challenges and priorities relevant to cities in decarbonizing the buildings sector. It is not an exhaustive study of zero carbon buildings, but rather a guide for future alliance work and exercise to build in-house knowledge.

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2022-06-01 | Irene Garcia
Communicating the Importance of Embodied Carbon and Bio-based Materials in the Built Environment
Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Laudes Foundation

This document was elaborated by the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) and Culmer Raphael under the project "Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon in Europe's Built Environment", which CNCA launched in 2021 with the support of the Laudes Foundation. The purpose of this document is to serve as a communications material that city staff can resort to when raising awareness of the importance of addressing embodied carbon and increasing the uptake of bio-based materials among their city-department peers.

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2022-07-15 | UNEP & GlobalABC
Technical Brief - The Importance of Building Decarbonization and Benefits for the SDGs
3rd Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This technical brief on the Importance of Building Decarbonization and Benefits for the SDGs is developed with the support of UNEP and the GlobalABC to inform the 3rd Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to the IPCC, well-designed and effectively implemented mitigation actions in the buildings sector have significant potential to help achieve the SDGs, as they relate to 15 of the 17 UN SDGs (IPCC, 2022). Whilst contributing to the synergies with most of the SGDs, climate change mitigation actions in the buildings and construction sector may also have trade-offs. The 2030 Agenda sets out ambitious goals for the achievement of a better and more sustainable future for all. Transforming buildings and the built environment can generate multiple benefits, from climate to resources, to improved quality of life, health, shelter and access to basic services. It is critical for the buildings and construction sector to harness the synergies between climate and SDGs while minimising the negative trade-offs. It is also important to note that there exists no one-size-fits-all solution: Synergies and trade-offs vary depending on the national contexts.

2022 Advancing Net Zero Status Report
World Green Building Council

The 2022 Advancing Net Zero Status Report showcases action from across the Green Building Council (GBC) network including the 30 GBCs participating in WorldGBC’s global Advancing Net Zero programme, as well as signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment). In addition, the report also highlights collaborative efforts from the market that support WorldGBC’s mission to achieve 100% net zero carbon buildings by 2050. The report includes: Advancing Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Emissions; Regional updates; WLC Roadmaps; Trends & Innovation; Radical Collaboration; World Map; COP27; GBC Leadership Action; Overcoming barriers, renovating to net zero.

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The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction: an overview over status and achievements (5-year Review Piece)
GlobalABC Secretariat

The GlobalABC was founded as an umbrella or meta-platform – a network of networks – that brings together initiatives and actors along the entire buildings and construction sector value chain at COP21 in 2015 by a group of governments, businesses, intergovernmental, and non-profit organizations, at the initiative of the French government and UNEP. In the nearly six years since its launch, GlobalABC has created and continues to maintain a neutral, member-driven platform, growing from an initial 79 members to over 200 members, among which 34 countries. Its mission and vision are to connect governments, the private sector, and organisations to drive the transformation towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector to achieve a future-proof world for all buildings – both existing and new. GlobalABC members exchange knowledge, discuss challenges, and collaborate on tools and solutions for rapid decarbonisation of the built environment. In doing so, GlobalABC advocates for, helps develop and implement pathways, policies, strategies and initiatives for reducing climate impacts across the buildings and construction sector. It hereby focuses on both climate mitigation and adaption in support of a net-zero carbon, energy efficient and resilient sector.

Download the 5-year review to look back at the achievements of the GlobalABC and its community since its creation at COP21, and discover how the GlobalABC has succeeded in mobilizing all actors in the sector to raise the profile of buildings for climate action internationally, regionally and locally, to keep track of the progress in decarbonizing the sector and to support countries in transforming their policies through buildings and construction roadmaps. 

2022-03-22 | GlobalABC
2021 GlobalABC Annual Narrative Report
GlobalABC Secretariat

As the global pandemic continues to affect the ways we live and work in 2021, the GlobalABC maintained most of its activities in online format, with the exception of COP26, where events were held both in-person and online. This has been a year of great growth of GlobalABC in terms of range of activities, membership and visibility, made possible by engagement of our members and partners in advancing the central role of buildings in climate action. This is reflected in the MPGCA Human Settlements Pathway, where the GlobalABC has led the Built Environment track, and that provides a north star for the sector:

  • By 2030, the built environment should halve its emissions, whereby 100 per cent of new buildings must be net-zero carbon in operation, with widespread energy efficiency retrofit of existing assets well underway, and embodied carbon must be reduced by at least 40 per cent, with leading projects achieving at least 50 per cent reductions in embodied carbon.
  • By 2050, at the latest, all new and existing assets must be net zero across the whole life cycle, including operational and embodied emissions.

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2021-02-05 | GlobalABC
2020 GlobalABC Annual Narrative Report
GlobalABC Secretariat

2020 has been an exceptional year in many ways. Due to the global pandemic, GlobalABC shifted most of its events and other activities online, starting with the GlobalABC Assembly which needed to be reconfigured at the last minute and took place entirely virtually; to dedicated sessions addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector and looking at the contribution that the sector could make to build beck better if made part of recovery efforts; to several high-level events related to the UNFCCC process, also held in virtual format. Yet, GlobalABC was able to ensure outreach and member engagement. Overall, GlobalABC strengthened both, the visibility of the sector and radical collaboration across the sector’s value chain by effectively providing the collaborative platform for bringing all stakeholders together to work towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector. The flagship effort regarding the global and three regional roadmaps is a game changer, with the different member consortium efforts that are being rolled out to support additional regional roadmaps and national processes. With now over 150 members, GlobalABC has continued to grow our membership.

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2020-03-11 | GlobalABC
2019 GlobalABC Annual Narrative Report
GlobalABC Secretariat

The GlobalABC has made good progress against its key goals and milestones over the course of 2019, further cementing the foundations of the partnership, forging a common voice and vision and pathways for the needed transformation in the buildings and construction sector: The urgency of climate action in the buildings and construction sector continues to gather momentum with buildings included in the broader climate agenda and the COP25 schedule, from the SG’s Climate Summit to the regional climate weeks. National, sub-national and private sector actors are stepping up their ambition, leading to an increased number of commitments. The GlobalABC is established and recognised as the international platform that gathers a broad range of building and construction stakeholders and has stepped up its outreach and communication; for example, the social media presence in the lead up to the 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction launch at a press conference at COP25 led to multiple press and web references.

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2019-01-30 | GlobalABC
2018 GlobalABC Annual Narrative Report
GlobalABC Secretariat

The GlobalABC has achieved several milestones in 2018, laying the foundational work for the coming years, and advancing on each of its key tracks: The urgency of climate action in the buildings and construction sector has received heightened attention in major fora, national and sub-national actors and private sector are stepping up their action, and the GlobalABC is recognised as the international platform that gathers the multitude of stakeholders: The GlobalABC has increased global reach of key messages on the urgency of transforming the buildings and construction sector through a Global Status Report 2018 press conference at COP24.

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