One of the practical steps for the construction sector to positively contribute to climate action will be the launch at COP21 of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.
This worldwide Alliance being launched in Paris aims at gathering countries, cities and public and private organizations of the building sector value chain, with the aim of scaling up the implementation of ambitious actions towards the “below 2°C” pathway in buildings and construction sector.
It is recognised that 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 better, safer working and living environments, large cost savings and revenue potential and big reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Heart of the debate are urban centres which continue to grow and hold over seventy percent of the global population. This sector will become increasingly important as a focus of climate action.