After years of UN Climate talks, hopes are high that an effective global framework for tackling climate change will finally be agreed at COP21 in Paris in December 2015. COP20 in Lima last week has provided an important, albeit compromised, agreement that has helped to lay the ground for more focussed negotiations in the year ahead. Certainly, the role of building efficiency as a key to national and sub-national action is now well recognised. To support this, the GBPN has been involved in a coalition of organisations developing a Building Efficiency Accelerator under the auspices of the U.N. Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is leading work to support the implementation of best-practice policies for new building and deep renovations. Another positive outcome from COP20 was that further pledges to the Green Climate Fund have surpassed the UN's $10billion target. This is good news for the countries involved in the UNEP NAMA for Buildings project that GBPN is supporting. Early in 2015 we expect to complete a new MRV tool for calculating energy saving and GHG mitigation scenarios that will enable countries to apply to such funds to develop and implement NAMA's (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions).
This year we have also seen the UN climate summit in New York in September, bringing together world leaders and engaging business and civil society. There was also the US/China deal, the Green Climate Fund pledges, the New Climate Economy report, and a steady, year-long stream of IPCC reports, - including the release of WG3 Chapter 9 on the mitigation potential of Buildings to which GBPN was a contributing Author. Key steps to guide you on the way to Paris are summarised here
to give a visual roadmap of the timing of international climate events up until COP21 in Paris.
Despite this heightened activity, climate negotiations will only get more demanding in the coming year and we are still not nearly ambitious enough to keep within the limit of two degrees global warming (Blog
). On the front of international cooperation in the building sector, much needs to be done to give strategic coordination to the on-going proliferation of sustainable buildings initiatives if we want to avoid dissipating financial and human resources and missing the opportunity to effectively tackling climate change (Blog
Overall the need for building efficiency as core to tackling climate change has reached mainstream awareness and is gaining mainstream political and private sector support. And we are very proud to highlight main GBPN’s outputs for this year that support turning such talk into walk (2014 Highlights