Renovate Europe is an endorsing partner of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC). The GABC was launched at the Buildings Day at COP21 in December, which Adrian Joyce attended as a speaker.  Renovate Europe invited the Coordinator of the GABC to Brussels on 17th May for a Special Session with invited guests focused on “Follow-up to Buildings Day at COP21”.



On the occasion of Buildings Action Day on December 3, Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and Head of the French delegation together with Ibrahim Thiaw,  UNEP Deputy Executive Director,  launched the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to combat Climate Change.

The alliance is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme and has been joined by 20 States, representing more than 1 billion people.

The creation of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction was the subject of a joint statement signed by over 70 leaders from the construction sector.

The signatories to the Alliance are:
– 20 countries: Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, USA, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Tunisia, Dubai, Ukraine, Armenia, Vietnam ;
– 8 major groups: Lafarge Holcim, Saint Gobain, Velux, Consolidated Contractors Company, Danfoss, Veolia, Sekisui House, Suez Environnement;
 Over 50 national and international organisations, professional networks and funders.

The Alliance will:
– Bring together all the relevant global players on a large scale around a common ambition and sustain this momentum to ensure that they work together over time;
– Increase the share of green building in international funding to implement new initiatives and increase the visibility of exemplary initiatives;
– Gather around a program of operational activities strategic networks and partners covering the full range of stakeholders in the building production chain;
– Promote initiatives and solutions by all the members signatory to the Alliance to make them reproducible and ensure their appropriation;
– Create a network for public authorities in charge of construction, to align regulations and financing towards low-carbon strategies.

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