Webinar: Building materials – A hidden heavyweight for the climate

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Webinar: Building materials – A hidden heavyweight for the climate


An area the size of Paris is added to the global built surface every week. The production of building materials and construction activities is responsible for 10% of global emissions from energy. Fast-growing developing countries experience the highest construction activity, especially in Africa and Asia.

Resource efficiency and circular economy approaches, the use of local sustainable materials and the decarbonisation of conventional materials such as cement and steel can massively reduce emissions. Companies across the globe, from large corporations to start-ups, have developed solutions for today’s real-estate markets. Still, dedicated efforts are needed to roll these solutions out at scale.

Our panel of experts will highlight solutions to address embodied carbon and discuss how policy and finance can help them get to scale.  


11:00 CET Opening

  • Welcome & housekeeping | Anna Zinecker, PEEB (moderator)
  • Keynote: the urgency to address embodied carbon |German Ministry of Environment/ German Ministry of Economy and Climate (TBC)

11:10 CET Embodied Carbon – A hidden heavyweight for the climate

  • Strategies to address embodied carbon - Key insights from PEEB Paper | Jérémy Bourgault (PEEB)

11:20 CET Strategies to tackle embodied carbon

  • Avoid: resource efficiency and circular economy | Chitra K Vishwanathan, Architect Biome Environmental Solutions, India
  • Shift: local and bio-based materials | Asmae Khaldoun, Al-Akhwayn University, Morocco & Ernest Dione, MEDD Senegal (ABC21 project)
  • Improve: decarbonising conventional materials    Marlène Dresch, ACT Initiative & Anupam Badola - Assistant General Manager at Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd, India

12:00 CET Panel discussion

how can policy and financing support the decarbonisation of building materials?

How can policy support the shift towards the production and use of low-carbon materials?

In the absence of good data, how can public and private investments be channelled towards less CO2-intensive construction?

12:25 CET Wrap-up

5 min     Key take-aways for GlobalABC’s work on building materials

Launch Webinar - Link to registration here

24 March 2022, 11.00 CET

24/03 - 24/03/2022
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