Registration is now open for the Seventh Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference (GGKP7), which will focus on the theme of “Achieving Global Green Energy Transformation”.
The conference will take place on 21-22 October 2019 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and is being hosted by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in the context of Global Green Growth Week 2019 (GGGW2019), which will take place on 21-25 October 2019. It is also being held in conjunction with the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference, co-hosted by REN21 and the Government of Korea on 23-25 October 2019 (KIREC).
The deadline to register is 7 October 2019.
The conference will address the policy, finance, technology and innovation, and social dimensions of achieving green energy transformation around the world, as well as the important role of cities and industries.
Call for Papers was issued on key challenges, insights, and innovations and solutions for dramatically scaling up sustainable energy was been issued by the GGKP and managing partners—the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the World Bank—on topics including Policy and Market Design; Finance and Investment; Technology and Innovation; Cities and Industries; and Social Inclusion, Equity, and Environmental Sustainability. The Scientific Committee is currently reviewing submissions.
Driven by population growth and urbanization, the building sector is a significant contributor to economic growth. Urban centres provide opportunities for a range of social and cultural activities, as well as being critical for innovations in science, technology and education. Indeed, urban areas are of critical importance for social and economic development (UNEP, 2014). However, with approximately 40 percent of global energy use taking place within buildings, this sector is also the single largest contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
As a result, the design and use of energy and resource-efficient buildings has a key role in climate change mitigation to accelerate the global green economy transition. Although vast savings are possible by constructing new green buildings and retrofitting existing buildings, even greater gains can be achieved by adopting a long-term “life-cycle” approach involving stakeholders at different stages – from environmentally-minded investors and architects, to sustainable extraction, construction and usage, and the eventual demolition and the recycling or disposal of the building materials.
Relevance to SDGs
Green buildings will have a role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 11, specifically target 11.c, which calls for support for least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials.