This Blue Zone Pavilion organised by the GlobalABC will host more than 30 talks, roundtables and coffee mornings during the international climate meeting! The aim is to raise action in the ecological and energetic transition of the construction sector, and offer a space for actors of the sector to devise the sustainable buildings of tomorrow.
Decarbonizing the 40%
The built environment is a critical sector to be tackled if we are to reach the climate mitigation targets set out in the Paris Agreement, as it represents close to 40% of global energy-related GHG emissions (almost 14 Gt per year) and 50% of global resource extraction.
According to the 2021 Global Status Report for Buildings and Constructions, the challenges to reaching a net-zero, energy-efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector are considerable: GlobalABC’s Global Buildings Climate Tracker shows improvements in energy investment and power decarbonization, yet these efforts are insufficient, both in terms of speed and scale, to achieve the deep sectoral transformation that is needed.
Six years after COP21 that put buildings on the agenda, COP26 will feature a Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day on 11 November. The day is spearheaded by a strong alliance of partners rallying under the #BuildingToCOP26 campaign, with support from the COP26 UK presidency and the High-Level Climate Champions.
With 194 members, among which 34 countries, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) is the leading global platform for governments, the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental and international organizations to increase action towards a zero‐emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector. The GlobalABC was a key outcome of the 2015 UN climate conference.
Following the sobering message from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, a coalition led by C40, the Global Alliance for Building and Construction (GlobalABC), The Resilience Shift, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announce #BuildingToCOP26 — a partnership to promote radical collaboration for climate action ahead of the Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26. The #BuildingToCOP26 Coalition — a group of business and government networks focused on sustainability in the built environment — are coming together for the first time to spotlight the built environment's potential in accelerating climate action. Working with the UN High-Level Climate Champions, the COP26 Presidency and the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Coalition’s efforts will culminate on 11 November at the COP26 Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day, which will rally awareness, action and collaboration among all stakeholders in the built environment.
The Buildings Pavilion
To foster radical collaboration, the first Buildings Pavilion inside the Blue Zone and sharing space and programme with the Business Pavilion, is set to become the action hub for actors driving this transformation.
At the Buildings Pavilion, hosted by GlobalABC, in partnership with the Business for Climate Leadership Pavilion, a community of public and private stakeholders, governments, businesses, civil society and professional communities, will speak with one voice and one ambition, calling all stakeholders to be engaged and committed to achieving a zero-carbon and resilient sector by 2050.
The objective is threefold:
- Emphasizing the critical importance of the built environment for climate action.
- Being a space where all stakeholders, public and private, national, and local, come together to radically collaborate.
- Highlighting common climate action goals, targets and measures of the buildings and construction community, featuring commitments made, actions taken and solution found by countries, cities and private sector, and how they will be implemented over the coming five years. .
The Buildings Pavilion is sponsored by the Global Cement and Concrete Association, Holcim, Integrated Environmental Solutions, International Code Council, Kingspan, International Code Council (ICC), the Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB), Saint-Gobain, SOM, Stora Enso and Velux. Pavilion supporting partners include the World Business Concil for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), FIABCI, and the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
Browse the programme below! All events will be livestream.
Construction21 is hosting 2 talks as part of the pavilion.