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2020 Global Status Report of buildings and construction

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Credits: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

The fifth edition of this annual report provides a snapshot of the progress of the buildings and construction sector globally towards the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; particularly on the drivers of CO2 emissions and energy demand globally and the status of policies, finance, technologies, and solutions that support a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.

 

The Buildings-GSR features input from over 110 GlobalABC members (including WorldGBC) and experts from all regions: a true collaborative effort from a global community of buildings experts.

 

This year's Buildings-GSR shines a light on the disruptions of COVID-19 and some of the responses in 2020, and includes a snapshot on emerging key issues: materials, nature-based solutions, health, and cooling for resilience. It also introduces a new index to track progress in decarbonisation in the sector – the Buildings Climate Tracker (BCT).

 

While the total final energy consumption of the global buildings sector remained at the same level in 2019 compared to the previous year, CO2 emissions from the operation of buildings have increased to their highest level yet at around 10 GtCO2, or 28% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions.

 

With the inclusion of emissions from the buildings construction industry, this share increases to 38% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. 

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