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UNFCCC Meetings to Showcase Technologies for Low-Emission Buildings

UN Climate Change News, 17 September 2020 – Experts from around the world will get together virtually on 30 September, 7 & 14 October to discuss policy options, technological innovations and best practices on sustainable low-emission housing and building solutions.

As the sector with the most potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the objective of the upcoming meetings is to build a community that drives and implements an ambitious vision for the sector: zero carbon buildings by 2050.

Led and organized by the UNFCCC secretariat and the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, the meetings have three broad areas of discussion: “Cool buildings for all”; “Building (back) better: Mobilizing the value chain towards a circular economy”; and “Developing pathways for moving to scale”.

Participants will discuss currently available policy and technological solutions as well as innovative approaches on how we can achieve the vision of zero carbon buildings by 2050 and thereby harness the significant potential of the buildings and construction sector in limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C or at least well below 2°C.

Experts from both the public and private sector and civil society from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific will share their experiences on the ground, which will help identify the necessary action to be taken to replicate and upscale innovations in the building sector.

The upcoming meetings follow on the heels of a series of four regional technical expert meetings last month that showcased climate-friendly technology solutions for cooling systems in buildings.

These meetings are part of the technical examination process on mitigation (TEP-M), that was initiated in 2014 with the aim of exploring high-potential mitigation policies, practices and technologies with significant sustainable development co-benefits that could increase the mitigation ambition of pre-2020 climate action.

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