Towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector

Published by Joo Hyun Ha

The  Global  Alliance  for  Buildings  and  Construction  (GlobalABC)  is  proud  to  present  this  third  edition  of  the  Global  Status  Report  on  the  state  of  the  transition  towards  a  zero‐emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector. 

This  Global  Status  Report  documents  the  status  and  trends  of  key  indicators  for  energy  use, emissions, technologies, policies, and investments to track the buildings and construction sector,  globally and in key regions. Central findings of this report include:  

  • Buildings play a dominant role in the clean energy transition. Buildings construction and operations accounted for 36% of   global final energy use and nearly 40% of energy related  carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2017.
  • Global buildings sector energy use continues to grow, but not as quickly as population or floor area. Heating,  lighting and  household  cooking are  the most  improved building end use.  Continued increases in population and floor area are and will be the principal factors  of rising energy demand in buildings. 
  • Buildings  and  construction  sector  emissions  appear  to  have  levelled  off  since  2015,  although they still represent the largest share of total global energy‐related CO2 emissions.  A clean energy transition will enable a steady decrease in future emissions. 
  • Global  dialogue  is  supporting  progress  in  developing  policies  for  sustainable  buildings. Most countries have submitted nationally determined contributions  (NDCs)  that relate  to  buildings and some have improved them; however, many NDCs still lack specific actions. 

Read the 2018 Global Status Report of Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

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