This article was contributed by Amina LEBNANE of FCC partner IASP 

The recent Buildings and Climate Global Forum, a collaborative effort between the French Government and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), marked a significant milestone in the fight against climate change. Representatives from 70 countries gathered in Paris for this groundbreaking event, where they unanimously adopted the Declaration de Chaillot—a critical document aimed at fostering international cooperation to address climate challenges within the building sector.

The forum, which boasted over 1,400 participants, underscored the pressing need for decarbonization and climate resilience in buildings. Insights gleaned from the latest Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction shed light on the sector’s substantial contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

One of the key takeaways from the forum was the acknowledgment of the escalating risks posed by climate change to buildings, particularly in urban areas and developing countries. Ministers highlighted the slow progress in constructing sustainable buildings, emphasizing the growing gap between current efforts and the objectives outlined in the Paris Agreement.

In response to these challenges, ministers pledged to implement robust regulatory frameworks, financial incentives, and advocate for the widespread adoption of low-carbon construction materials and standards. The forum also emphasized the importance of leveraging international platforms to drive progress and monitor implementation.

The Declaration de Chaillot represents a significant step forward in global climate action, signalling a collective commitment to addressing climate challenges and promoting sustainable development within the building sector. As we look ahead, it’s clear that collaborative efforts like these will play a crucial role in building a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Read more about the Declaration’s implementation and its impact on global efforts to combat climate change.