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Climate Action in the Buildings Sector: How to Incorporate Buildings Actions in Nationally Determined Contributions

2019/01/31 | Peter Graham | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

The buildings sector contributes nearly 40% to global energy-related annual GHG emissions (IEA/UNEP, 2018). Final energy demand from buildings is predicted to increase 50% by 2050 compared with 2015 levels under business as usual scenarios due to rapid urbanisation and the doubling of the built surface area. Effective decarbonization of the buildings sector is therefore critical to meeting the Paris Agreement Goals and exceeding the current level of ambition in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
 
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Building the path to 1.5°C: What the Paris Agreement Means for Buildings & Construction

2015/12/13 | Peter Graham | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is a historic achievement for humanity and for the Building Sector.  We now have a common legally binding agreement to hold global warming well below 2oC with aspiration to achieve 1.5oC integrated with frameworks for action on resilience and adaptation.

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The Building Sector’s continuous ‘Volkswagen’ Moment

2015/10/14 | Peter Graham | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of catching up with one of the hero’s of the V.W. emissions scandal, Drew Kodjak, the Executive Director of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). His team performed road tests on a small random sample of EU imported cars and found discrepancies. They reported them to State authorities, which ran more tests, found the same discrepancy, and then reported to the U.S. EPA. The process took about 18 months, and well, you probably know the rest of the story.

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“There is no Plan B”: Vision is as important as Ambition to tackle climate change

2015/08/04 | Peter Graham | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

Have you seen President Obama's speech announcing the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4lTx56WBv0

The Clean Power Plan is a key element of the US’s contribution to climate action and the debate on the global agreement taking shape ahead of COP21 in Paris this December.  Beyond the content of the Plan itself, the rhetoric of Obama’s launch speech and the way he communicated the vision and role for his country is important for all leaders as we prepare for COP21.

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