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China: the world's largest single market in new construction

31-10-2019 | Peter Graham | China
Categories: Buildings Energy Efficiency Codes

China’s Five-Year Plan, set over the next two years, and the actions that follow, will determine the emissions trajectory of the country in the critical decade ahead. China is the largest single market for growth in the building sector. Though overall trends in the rest of Asia and continental Africa are even higher, no single country’s growth projections come anywhere close to those of China.

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

31-01-2019 | 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

13-12-2015 | 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

14-10-2015 | 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

04-08-2015 | 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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Time to Clean the Building Efficiency Garage and Get Organized to implement COP21 Commitments

10-06-2015 | Peter Graham | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

In the last couple of weeks I was fortunate to have attended two important meetings in Paris convened by separate groups, but each with the same aim of developing actions that could again raise the profile of building energy efficiency and the potential of the sector to contribute significantly to achieving climate change goals. At the same time a different set of stakeholders with the same objectives was meeting in New York. All groups are looking ahead to COP21 in Paris as a potential catalyst for finally mainstreaming sustainable buildings and cities. However, despite common intentions, we risk failing to seize this opportunity due to a lack strategic coordination.

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Thoughts for 2015: URGENCY & AMBITION

15-12-2014 | Peter Graham | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Policies

Before turning to 2015, a word or two about urgency and ambition. If we are to play a role in capping global warming to no more than 2 degrees, then we need to keep focussed not only on energy efficiency but on the magnitude of reductions in total energy demand required to be delivered by the building sector in the coming decades.
 
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A Guided Tour of Recently Launched Sustainable Building Initiatives

11-12-2014 | Anne-Claire Bellec | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Communications

Mainstreaming sustainable buildings is essential if we are to effectively tackle climate change and provide sustainable urban environments. Despite the large number of organizations and programs in this space, the penetration of sustainable building practices is not yet mainstream in development activity, building & planning policies, or built environment education. 
 
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Integrating Renewable Energy Requirements in Building Codes is Key to Helping the Building Sector Achieve its Mitigation Potential

19-09-2014 | Peter Graham | Global, South-East Asia, South-East Asia
Categories: Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

At next week’s climate summit, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, will convene heads of state and government from around the world to lay the ground for the meeting in Paris next year, which is expected to forge a new agreement to cut global GHG emissions after 2020. In this context, our mission at the GBPN is to help policy makers and policy enablers, including program donors, design and implement strategies for reducing building-related GHG emissions through energy efficiency.
 
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