On 7-8 March, 2024, the Buildings and Climate Global Forum (BCGF) took place in Paris, and saw ministers and senior industry representatives come together for two days to explore the challenges, opportunities and urgent actions needed to accelerate building decarbonisation and climate resilience within the sector.

At the event, 70 countries endorsed a joint statement, the ‘Déclaration de Chaillot’, which outlined an international collaboration framework for decarbonising the building sector. As part of this, stakeholders across the industry shared their commitments, contributions and priority actions, including those that fed into the ‘Buildings Breakthrough’ initiative which launched at last year’s COP28 in Dubai.

The Buildings Breakthrough initiative was supported by 28 governments and the European Commission, among others, and sets out to make “near-zero-emission and resilient buildings the new normal by 2030”.

A panel discussion at this month’s Buildings and Climate Global Forum in Paris.

Off the back of this progress, the Buildings and Climate Global Forum — the first of its kind — aims to demonstrate the importance of multi-level international collaboration to tackle carbon emissions, and build on the momentum from COP28.

The forum allowed over 800 participants, ranging from government ministers, to engineers and property developers, to academics and philanthropists; to network and exchange ideas, while enabling organisations to explore sustainable design practices and innovative solutions within the sector.

A further objective was to inspire policymakers to establish and implement policies that foster energy efficiency and resilience in buildings.

The ‘Déclaration de Chaillot’ agreement sees national governments acknowledge the importance of accelerating the decarbonisation of the building and construction sector in line with long-term global climate goals.

The forum was organised by the Government of France and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC).

ITN Business’ upcoming programme: Urban Evolution: Our Future Cities

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The buildings and construction sector accounts for 21% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and given the rate of growth and expansion across our global cities, and in urban areas of the Global South, this figure looks set to increase.

Our cities are a key contributor to climate change, but they are also an integral part of the solution. Populations within cities are growing at an alarming rate, with urban growth driving environmental change, but inequalities remain. Infrastructure needs to be climate ready, looking at the adaptation of buildings already in existence and resilience in the built environment.

Urban transformation is essential if cities are to address these challenges ahead and meet global climate and development goals. ​

Our upcoming news-style programme Urban Evolution: Our Future Cities will be launched at the Net Zero Festival, 22-23 October 2024. ​Presented by broadcaster and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota, in ITN’s London studio, the programme will focus on the organisations leading the way when it comes to:

  • The innovative solutions to cut carbon emissions
  • Creating more resilient, affordable and accessible cities
  • Initiatives to promote good mental, physical and social health

Learn more here.