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In support of the Global Alliance, goals a number of initiating partners are making new commitments to act to help bring their stakeholders onto a below 2oC pathway:


ADEME: French Environment and Energy Management Agency

Under the Flagship Programme for Sustainable Construction in Tropical Climates, 3 Commitments for the next five years:

1.     Active implication of 20 pilot countries by 2020 in the areas where cooperation is already underway, with the long-term objective of involving all 110 countries that span the tropics,

2.     Produce a methodological framework that integrates the principles of bioclimatic design and thermal comfort for tropical climates and Develop thermal regulations in 20 countries and/or régions,

3.     Adopt a policy to replicate exemplary projects on a large scale, aiming at building 100 functional and exemplary buildings by 2020 as a concrete outcome of this Policy.

Architecture 2030 commits to helping countries and cities develop strategies for driving the decarbonisation of their building stock and the design and construction sectors to have the skills to deliver net-zero building and communities. Collaborative net-zero design professional training programs will be implemented in the United States, China and South Korea in 2016 and adding other countries as partnerships are formed. We will expand our 2030 Districts, private/public partnerships in designated urban areas committed to reducing energy use, water use, and transport emissions. For more information see here: http://architecture2030.org/ 

Construction 21 Commits to fight climate change: By joining this alliance, Construction21 will offer an online place of exchange where all stakeholders involved in the initiative may highlight their achievements. Full Commitment (http://www.construction21.org/community/pg/pages/view/24714/)

The Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) independent experts on building energy performance policies commit to support jurisdictions designing and implementing policy actions that accelerate net zero energy or positive energy for new buildings, deep renovation for existing buildings, and integrated renewables.  (More here: www.gbpn.org )

ICLEI calls upon Members to commit via this City Call to Action, to acknowledge that building level efficiency solutions and modern district energy systems can contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of the building sector, and to achieving the common objective of limiting global temperature rise to below 2o Celsius. Click here. to join the call to Action. https://fs8.formsite.com/iclei12/form68/index.html  

International Union of Architects (UIA) have launched the DECLARATION 2050 IMPERATIVE: “We recognize our responsibility to seize this unique opportunity to influence ethical and socially responsible development throughout the world: to plan and design sustainable, resilient, carbon-neutral and healthy built environments that protect and enhance natural resources and wildlife habitats, provide clean air and water, generate on-site renewable energy, and advance more livable buildings and communities.” Full text of the declaration can be viewed here: http://www.uia.archi

The Architects Council of Europe & UIA will launch a MANIFESTO FOR RESPONSIBLE ARCHITECTURE - Architects’ commitment to address climate change will also be launched at COP21 (More information: http://www.ace-cae.eu/22/?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=88&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1302&cHash=b458e014301a623d8e179c78e41e645a

The Investor Confidence Project (ICP), an Environmental Defense Fund initiative, is helping pave the path to a scalable and robust financing market by unlocking the capital required to accelerate building energy efficiency. Operating currently in North America and Europe the ICP team will be training Project Developers and Quality Assurance agents in the use of the ICP framework and working with public and private investors and renovation programme administrators to help them design financing schemes and programmes that deliver more realiable and bankable projects. For more information: http://www.eeperformance.org/

Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group EU INDUSTRY COMMITMENT: MOVING TOWARDS NET ZERO BUILDINGS “as businesses engaged in the building sector value chain, we need to do more to enhance collaboration and coalesce around some common sector goals that will support the delivery of nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) from new build and renovation in the short term and move towards full carbon neutrality by 2050.” Full commitment text link here:  http://www.corporateleadersgroup.com

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) promotes and enforces the highest professional standards, as such, RICS commit; to call on our 118,000 professional members, as well as our international standards coalition partners, to make their commitment to influence climate change and; to develop RenoValue, our sustainability valuation training programme, for a worldwide audience (More info at http://www.rics.org/uk/news/rics-at-cop21/).

Sustainable Energy for All – Buildings Efficiency Accelerator: The Building Efficiency Accelerator initiative aims at doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement, by helping city, state, and regional governments to speed up adoption of best-practices and the implementation of projects. (More Info: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/building/building-efficiency-accelerator-platform/)

UNEP Finance Initiative Real Estate investor members PRI, IIGCC, IGCC, CERES - INCR and the RICS affirm that "It is economically and practicably feasible for the real estate sector to play a significant role in limiting global temperature increase to 2°C. We support national greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets aligned with IPCC recommendations and policy frameworks which enable a smooth transition to a low carbon economy" Full commitment here

World Business Council for Sustainable Development: Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Eleven companies launch their action plan on December 3 to reach the ambition that using today’s best practices and technologies projected energy use in buildings in 2030 can be reduced by 50% through actions on energy efficiency that offer favorable economic returns. Considering that the fragmentation of the building value chain is the main barrier to the uptake of energy efficiency in buildings solutions at scale, the eleven LCTPI-EEB companies will work through WBCSD and with partners to bring together stakeholders in local markets in order to develop a common understanding of the market barriers and to define and initiate actions that tackle these. LCTPi-EEB members are: AkzoNobel, Arcadis, ENGIE, Infosys, LafargeHolcim, Rexel, Schneider Electric, SGS, Siemens, Skanska and United Technologies. Partners of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction are invited to join the effort! For more information: www.wbcsd.org/buildings.aspx. (as of 3 December) An Energy Efficiency Toolkit (www.eeb-toolkit.com) will also be launched, which complements the existing Energy efficiency in Buildings Manifesto.  http://www.wbcsd.org/Pages/eNews/eNewsDetails.aspx?ID=16322&NoSearchContextKey=true

The World Green Building Council and its network of 74 national Green Building Councils (GBCs) and 12,000 member companies commit to a global market transformation in order to advance by 2030 and achieve by 2050 Net Zero carbon new building and energy efficiency and deep refurbishment of existing stock, with the aim of reducing 84 gigatonnes of C02 by 2050 – the equivalent of eliminating 22,000 coal plants. 20 GBCs have made  national commitments, including initiating 1.2 billion square metres of green building in the next 5 years (twice the size of Singapore), training 110,000 green building professionals, 19 GBCs supporting their governments in the development of green building policies, and 3 GBCs committing to launch Net Zero Certifications. 100 member companies have made commitments as well, including: Saint-Gobain to reduce GHGs from its (tertiary) buildings by 75% by 2040, and Lend Lease to develop to the highest two certifications in the regions they operate in. All GBC and member company commitments can be viewed here: http://www.betterbuildgreen.org

AFD, the French Development Bank, and the French GEF (FFEM) has been financing energy efficiency projects for more than 15 years, in collaboration with public and private actors, representing a total amount of 1 billion investments in new buildings and retrofitting projects. The technology and information gap that hinder the development of energy efficiency in Building can be addressed by capacity development and a partnership between countries and International Financing Institutions. In line with the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction objectives, AFD, FFEM and MEEDE are launching a feasibility study to design a new building initiative aiming to amplify and complement existing financing on energy efficient buildings in developing and emerging countries. AFD aims to develop partnership between stakeholders and to associate to this initiative other interested partners and institution. This new initiative will contribute to and support the goals of the global Alliance for Building. AFD will therefore be interested in participating in the "finance cluster".



All major stakeholders, including governments, companies, financial institutions, organizations, academia, associations, professionals and user networks are invited to:

1) Demonstrate and reinforce impact of stakeholder’s mobilization to achieve a below 2 °C pathway by:

• A global forum on buildings and climate – Regularly gather key stakeholders in the sector and representatives of existing delivery platforms from around the world to share common visions, make visible climate actions and report on progress.

• Engagements – Stakeholders engage through the alliance to develop common and appropriate goals, disclose their targets and actions, and promote transparent measurement and MRV protocols.

2) Collaborate within the Alliance’s first priorities to collectively address major challenges in three clusters:

• Public Strategies and Policies – To support member cities, states, regions and countries in developing, building capacity for, and implementing, comprehensive building efficiency strategies and policies. National and local governments can work with alliance members to share technology solutions, scale finance and procurement approaches, and align national and local policies to speed actions. (Initially including France MEDDE-MLETR, United Nations Environment Programme, 10-Year Framework of Programmes, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, EnergyCities, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, Global Buildings Performance Network, World Resources Institute)

• Value Chain Transformation – To work together to develop comprehensive action plans across the entire buildings value chain, including focus on workforce development, skills and training, support for technology transfer, and capacity building. (Initially including World Green Building Council, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, RICS and Architecture 2030)

• Finance – To work to increase financing options adapted to accelerate investment and funding for building mitigation projects and programmes. (Initially including the UNEP Finance Initiative and Agence Française de Développement with the inputs of the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group)

3) Lead or contribute to addressing key opportunities through ambitious flagship initiatives such as:

The Global District Energy in Cities Initiative, Net Zero Buildings, Green Schools, Affordable & Sustainable Housing, Tropical Architecture Solutions, Iconic buildings, City Climate Actions, Retrofits, and Low-Emission Technology which further the Alliance’s goals


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