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As the urban population grows, the global stock of buildings is rapidly growing, thereby increasing GHG emissions. This means we must drastically reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling, by quickly improving the energy performance of new buildings and renovating existing ones. Photo ©Y. Caradec

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Website: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

Contact: buildings.day@unep.org


This worldwide Alliance, to be launched at COP21 in Paris, aims at gathering countries, cities and public and private organizations of the building sector value chain, in order to scale up the implementation of ambitious actions towards the "below 2°C" pathway in buildings and construction sector.

The planning, design, implementation and refurbishment of buildings and construction offers huge potential to achieve rapid renewable energy growth and energy efficiency gains as well as climate-resilient solutions. This also creates healthier, safer working and living environments, large cost savings and revenue potential, and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In coming years, as urban centers expand to accommodate over seventy percent of the global population, this sector will become increasingly important as a focus of climate action.

The Building sector is already taking action. To date Alliance partners and their affiliates have launched over 1300 building related climate actions and initiatives globally, but more needs to be done. The GABC is therefore mobilizing to help scale up climate actions by the building sector, raising awareness of progress made and new opportunities, facilitating new partnerships, knowledge sharing, access to funding and the implementation support offered by Alliance partners.

For more information on the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction or to join the initiative visit the Buildings Day and Alliance website. Or please contact: buildings.day@unep.org

Breaking News – Partners Engagement

In support of the Global Alliance goals a number of initiating partners are making new commitments to act to help bring their stakeholders onto a below 2oC pathway.

Photo credit: Neil Kremer (Flickr)

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