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Greener and smarter for good: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to unlock the potential of buildings and construction sector

Thursday, 6 December 2018 from 09:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Co-organized by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) and Construction21

136 NDCs explicitly mention the buildings and construction sector. However, despite progress, NDCs fall short of tapping into the 4.9 GtCO2 of potential annual emissions abatement that could be achieved if countries were to pursue strategic low-carbon and energy-efficient buildings technology deployment. In fact, nearly one-third of the NDCs mentioning buildings do not indicate specific actions in the NDCs and concrete measures and targets are often missing. Hence, buildings-related NDCs only cover less than 15% of buildings sector emissions beyond existing country policies. Ambitious government action and commitment regarding NDCs is essential for putting the buildings and construction sector on a well below 2 degrees path, avoiding unnecessary emissions in both existing and new buildings.

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and Construction21 cordially invite you to join us at the the 2018 Buildings Action Symposium at COP24 which provides a platform to exploring how Nationally Determined Contributions can unlock the buildings and construction sector's potential. The Symposium will present findings from the GlobalABC Guidance Tool on Incorporating Buildings Sector Climate Actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Speakers will present cases of countries that have featured buildings and construction in their NDCs in a meaningful manner and discuss how all stakeholders can contribute to this process. The Buildings Action Symposium will also highlight the need for coordinated action among key stakeholders, including national and sub-national governments, private sector, academia, and civil society, and showcases examples where such coordination has led to creating powerful NDCs. Participants will discuss the way forward, identifying priority steps for making NDCs a powerful tool of transformation.

2018 GlobalABC Buildings Action Symposium

The event will take place at the University of Silesia, in Katowice, Poland - this is a free event but registration is required.

Master of Ceremonies: Nicholas Nuttal, former head of Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) Communications

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and Coffee Break

09:30 – 09:35 Opening
Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

09:35 – 09:45 Welcome Remarks
Leszek Drogosz, Director of Infrastructure Department, Warsaw City Hall

09:45 – 10:00 Keynote “Collaboration in action: transformation towards sustainable buildings”
Alicja Kuczera, CEO, Polish Green Building Council

10:00 – 11:00 GlobalABC Guidance Tool on Incorporating Buildings Sector Climate Actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
  • Brian Dean, Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Peter Graham, Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Institute (GBPN)
  • Yves-Laurent Sapoval, Senior Advisor for the Directorate for Housing, Urban Development and Landscapes, Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition (METS), French Republic

Moderated by Dr. Christine Lemaitre, CEO, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

11:00 – 12:15 Panel 1: Sustainable materials and embodied carbon in the building sector - best practices from around the world

  • Christian Brodhag, President, Construction21 France
  • Papa Lamine Diouf,
    In charge of Mitigation on Climate Change Division/Directorate of Environment and Classified Establishment, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Republic of Senegal
  • Josefina Lindblom, Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Simon Sturgis, Managing Partner, Targeting Zero LLP
  • Jean-Christophe Visier, Director of Energy and Environment, Scientific and Technical Centre for Building (CSTB)
  • Qingqin Wang, Vice President, China Academy of Building Research (CABR), People's Republic of China

Moderated by Victoria Burrows, Head of Advancing Net Zero, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)

12:15– 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:30 Panel 2: Building resilience beyond standard conditions - successful cases and stories
  • Peter Boswell, Special Advisor, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
  • Arturo Cervera Mondragón, Program Coordinator of the General Directorate, National Commission of Housing (CONAVI), United Mexican States
  • Peter Graham, Executive Director, Global Building Performance Institute (GBPN)
  • Dr Luong Quang Huy, Head of Division of GHG emission reduction and ozone layer protection, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Ms. Luu Linh Huong, Specialist and senior member of the Department of Science Technology and Environment, Ministry of Construction, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Emma Rachmawaty, Director for Mitigation of Climate Change Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia

Moderated by Oriane Cebile, Project Manager and Coordinator, Observatoire de l’Immobilier Durable (OID)

14:30 – 16:15 Panel 3: High-efficiency and low-carbon buildings - measures and financing options
Group I: Energy efficiency and decarbonization
  • Zamba Batjargal, National focal point for UNFCCC, IPCC, and GCF in Mongolia
  • Jerome Bilodeau, Chief of Policy at Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency, Canada
  • Ibtissem Bouattay, Project Manager, Ministry of Housing and Land Use Planning, Republic of Tunisia
  • Lucas di Pietro, Coordinator of Adaptation to Climate Change at the National Direction on Climate Change, Argentine Republic

Group II: Financial incentives and role of the private sector
  • Kurt Emil Eriksen, Senior Policy Advisor, Velux
  • Marcene Mitchell, Senior Manager Strategy and Business Development, IFC Climate Business Department, World Bank Group
  • Mitchell Schouchana, Project and Programme Coordinator, Agence Française de Développement
  • Totok Sulistiyanto, CEO, Green Building Council Indonesia

Moderated by Luca De Giovanetti, Manager, Science-based Targets, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

16:15 - 16:30 Closing Remarks

  • Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change and High-level Champion for COP 24, Republic of Poland
16:30 – 17:30 Bilateral meetings and networking coffee

This event will be followed by the Green Solutions Awards 2018, hosted by Construction21. See below for more information, or access this link

[COP24] Green Solutions Awards winner’s gala - December 6, 5.30pm - 7:30pm, followed by a cocktail reception

Right after the Building Action Symposium – say day, same place – the Construction21 network will reveal the winners of the Green Solutions Awards, an international competition supported by the GABC. The most inspiring buildings, districts and infrastructures will be rewarded during this ceremony where 200 professionals of the industry are expected.

Discover the Green Solutions Awards 2018 winners and meet many professionals of sustainable construction from all over the world!

Free entry - Mandatory registration before Dec 3rd. Here's the registration link:

Save the date! On December 6 in Katowice, in Poland where COP24 will take place, the 9 international winners of the Green Solutions Awards 2018 will be revealed.

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