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GlobalABC Regional Roundtable for Asia Pacific

5 September 2019 | 5 September 2019

as part of Asia-Pacific Climate Week

GlobalABC

Bangkok, Thailand

Summary

Globally, buildings play a dominant role in the clean energy transition – according to the 2018 Global Status Report, buildings construction and operations accounted for 36% of global final energy use and nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions in 2017. More than 50 percent of the world’s new buildings are constructed in Asia every year, and the building sector accounts for approximately 25 percent of Asia’s overall energy consumption. In the Asia-Pacific region, energy consumption in buildings will continue to grow rapidly as a result of new construction spurred by high economic growth and the increasing demand for cooling in tropical climate regions.

Increase in energy consumption in buildings is expected to grow with the rising number of new buildings as well as widespread use of domestic electric and electronic appliances (i.e. air conditioning systems). Beyond addressing energy efficiency in appliances, avoiding energy demand in the first place (e.g. reducing need for cooling for thermal comfort) is essential. This includes prioritizing urban planning and passive design strategies through locally adapted architectural design and use of sustainable materials that account for impact (embodied carbon). For such a change, all stakeholders need to play their part, including policy makers, financial institutions, developers, architect, engineers, and last but not least,, building occupants. Behavioural change towards thermal comfort (e.g. avoiding unnecessarily low temperature) is an important element to promoting reduction in energy consumption in buildings in tropical climates. Shifting cooling supply to more sustainable forms, e.g. district energy, is essential as well. Significant change towards zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings will only come through combining  the three approaches avoid-shift-improve.

The GlobalABC Regional Roundtable for Asia Pacific will highlight this approach, and help address challenges to implementing energy efficiency in buildings in tropical climates by bringing together experts in the field to share best practices, what has worked and what has not. This roundtable will also be a unique opportunity for participants to discuss the GlobalABC Regional Roadmap for Asia Pacific, currently under developed – the goal is to look into the next 30 years and identify the steps that need to be taken, goals and targets that will help track the progress made towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector in the region.

Overall goals:

- Facilitate regional cooperation through technical knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer exchange in best practice policies, tools and data.

- Provide networking opportunity to foster match-making between GlobalABC members for cooperation to accelerate a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector solutions across the  region.

- Facilitate raising ambition levels related to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

 

This Regional Roundtable aims for the following outcomes:

- Identify priorities, pillars and milestones for an Asia-Pacific regional roadmap based on GlobalABC template and methodology and through participant driven collective discussion and input

- Peer-to-peer learning among participants through a market-place oriented lab session, where members can share their best practices and success stories focused on energy efficiency in buildings in tropical climates in a focused and engaging way. Through this exchange, the Regional Roundtable aims to identify a minimum of five best practices that have been proved successful in the region.

 

REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES

Regional Roundtables have as their objective facilitating regional cooperation. Aimed at national governments from a given region, Regional Roundtables advance the sharing of technical knowledge and good practice peer-to-peer exchange. They foster match-making between GlobalABC members who then cooperate in selected areas to accelerate zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector solutions across the (sub-) region, including those related to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Knowledge exchange and match-making includes sharing of best practice policies, tools, and data, as well as offers of expertise for technical support and capacity building. Through participant-drive input and exchange, Regional Roundtables also aim to forge regional roadmaps towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.

 

ABOUT THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION

Founded at COP21 and hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) is an international initiative focused on:


(1) Raising ambitions to meet the Paris climate goals: While the sector is a major emitter, it also holds huge potential for improvement. We work to raise ambition levels regarding retrofitting existing buildings and future-proofing investments going into new buildings.


(2) Mobilizing all actors along the value chain: Faced with a fragmented value chain, all stakeholders – from design to construction, operations and demolition in the private and public sectors – need to play their part. We encourage policy frameworks that promote uptake of cost-effective solutions and private sector innovation.


With 115 members, including 27 countries, the GlobalABC is the leading global platform connecting governments, private sector and organisations to drive the transformation towards a future-proof world where all buildings – old and new – are zero-emission, efficient and resilient.


The GlobalABC’s five Work Areas focus on education and awareness, public policies, market transformation, finance, and building measurement, data and information. The GlobalABC keeps track of sector progress thourgh the Global Status Report and highlights NDCs as an effective vehicle for transformation through its Guide for Incorporating Buildings Sector Actions in NDCs.


The GlobalABC also developed a Global Roadmap, which identifies key steps to put the sector on a zeroemission, efficient, and resilient path and which is now being expanded into Regional Roadmaps for four major regions. GlobalABC Regional Roundtables foster match-making, best-practice exchange, and help forge regional roadmaps in and for respective regions.

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