COP21’s Buildings Day on 3 December 2015 has given the building sector a clear mandate to contribute to prevent global warming going above 1.5° C. The results of the event will feature prominently at the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (SBE 16), which takes place in Hamburg, Germany, on 8 - 11 March.
A dedicated SBE16 session, part of a joint initiative of International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) and UNEP-SBCI, will focus on the results of Buildings Day.
One of the outcomes of the event was the launch of the Global Alliance for Building and Construction (Global ABC), aiming at upscaling low carbon solutions in the building sector. A special session during SBE16 will elaborate on the objectives of the alliance and will discuss the road ahead.
Reflecting on the COP21 outcomes, Terri Wills of the World Green Building Council expects that ‘while the Paris Agreement is not itself legally binding, many countries will choose legislative and legal frameworks to support its implementation’.
Nils Larson of International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) and UNEP and Wim Bakens of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Constriction (CIB) will report on the findings of COP 21.
Stefan Schurig of the World Future Council will elaborate on what the Paris outcome means for future cities.
See the relevant BUILD UP item here.