The GlobalABC at COP24



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Launching the Global Status Report, Human Settlements Day, and more. Learn about the GlobalABC's events at COP24.

The GlobalABC co-organized had several well-received events at COP24

1. 2018 Buildings Action Symposium (6 December), followed by the Construction21 Green Solutions Award Winners Gala

2. MPGCA Human Settlements Action Event (7 December)

3. 2018 Global Status Report Launch Press Conference (7 December)

4. GlobalABC and PEEB Welcoming Ceremony (11 December)

Greener and smarter for good: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to unlock the potential of buildings and construction sector

2018 Buildings Action Symposium - 6 December 2018

Co-organized by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) and Construction21


University of Silesia (10-minute walk from the COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK), Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice) | Bankowa 12, 40-007 | Katowice, Poland


Thursday, 6 December 2018 from 09:00 AM to 4:30 PM


136 NDCs explicitly mention the buildings and construction sector. However, despite progress, NDCs fall short of tapping into the 4.9 GtCO2 of potential annual emissions abatement that could be achieved if countries were to pursue strategic low-carbon and energy-efficient buildings technology deployment. In fact, nearly one-third of the NDCs mentioning buildings do not indicate specific actions in the NDCs and concrete measures and targets are often missing. Hence, buildings-related NDCs only cover less than 15% of buildings sector emissions beyond existing country policies. Ambitious government action and commitment regarding NDCs is essential for putting the buildings and construction sector on a well below 2 degrees path, avoiding unnecessary emissions in both existing and new buildings.

The 2018 Buildings Action Symposium at COP24 co-organized with Construction21 provided a platform to exploring how Nationally Determined Contributions can unlock the buildings and construction sector's potential. The Symposium presented findings from the GlobalABC Guidance Tool on Incorporating Buildings Sector Climate Actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Speakers presented cases of countries that have featured buildings and construction in their NDCs and discussed how all stakeholders can contribute to this process. The Building Action Symposium also highlighted the need for coordinated action among key stakeholders, including national and sub-national governments, private sector, academia, and civil society, and showcases examples where such coordination has led to creating powerful NDCs. Participants discussed the way forward, identifying priority steps for making NDCs a powerful tool of transformation.

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Human Settlements Action Event

7 December 2018

10:00-13:00 (GlobalABC session 11:00-12:00)

COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK) Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice

Lubelskie Climate Action Room 3

This roundtable focused on the progress made in the building and construction sector towards the objectives set by the Paris Agreement.  The GlobalABC event (session 2 - highlighted below) was part of the Human Settlements Action event, taking place from 10:00 to 13:00. 

Session 1: 10:00AM - 11:00AM - Integrated climate action for low carbon and resilient societies

Session 2 - GlobalABC session: 11:00AM - 12:00PM - Raising ambition: taking a deeper look at the buildings sector

Session 3: 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Looking forward: financing multilevel action

For more information and event registration see here.

Future-Proofing Our Communities – Transforming the Buildings and Construction sector


7 December 2018 | 9:15 - 9:45 

When and Where: 7 December 2018 | 9:15 - 9:45, COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK) Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice - Press Conference Room Warszawa, Area B – Theatre 

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, comprised of governments, cities, the private sector and future-looking organizations, unites to explore opportunities to cut the sector’s carbon footprint 30 per cent by 2030 through their annual Global Status Report. This press conference released the 2018 edition. Participants were able to ask questions on the future of the building stock. 

Brian Dean, Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency

Yves-Laurent Sapoval, Senior Advisor for the Directorate for Housing, Urban Development, and Landscapes for France

Rasmus Valanko, Director Climate & Energy, World Business Council on Sustainable Development

Luca di Pietro, Coordinator of Adaptation to Climate Change at the National Direction on Climate Change of Argentina

Facilitated by Nick Nuttall, Former Director of Communications of the Global Climate Action Summit

Together towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector: GlobalABC and PEEB

11 December 2018 | 12:00 - 13:30

COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK)
Plac Slawika I
Antalla, 40-166, Katowice

French Pavilion 

The GlobalABC and the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Program (PEEB) celebrated their cooperation and are welcoming new members. New members were invited to sign the membership accession with the GlobalABC, and an expression of interest to cooperate with PEEB. Following the signing ceremony, current members shared their experience on being a member to both GlobalABC and PEEB and discussed the relevance of the building sector for climate change and countermeasures to take with a focus on how to deal with the rapid rise of cooling demand in emerging and developing countries.

For more information, email: Natacha Nass.

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