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Buildings Day at COP 21: Mobilizing the Building and Construction Sector for Climate Action was held on 3 December 2015 in Paris, France, during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Organized by the UN Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE), the event considered the role of buildings in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and promoting energy efficiency. It was part of ‘Buildings Day,’ the first to be held at a UNFCCC COP, organized to provide an opportunity to launch an alliance of organizations collectively committed to, among other things, helping to put the buildings and construction sector on the ‘below 2°C path.’ Events and actions under ‘Buildings Day’ were held throughout the day.

Participants at the Mobilizing the Building and Construction Sector for Climate Action event heard from government officials, experts in the building and construction sector, private sector actors, and non-governmental organizations, who discussed their work in promoting low-carbon, energy efficient development in their cities. At the event, chaired by Arab Hoballah, Head of Sustainable Cities, Lifestyles and Industry, UNEP, participants heard from three expert panels on: the building sector’s  below 2°C (<2°C) pathway; government leadership in policy and strategies; and subnational leadership and action. More

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided a briefing note of Buildings Day at COP 21: Mobilizing the Building and Construction Sector for Climate Action.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, CISL, moderated a panel discussion on the building sector’s <2°C pathway.
Ibrahim Al Zubi, Majid Al Futtaim, Dubai
Marcene Broadwater, International Finance Corporation, IFC
Panel (L-R): Marcene Broadwater, International Finance Corporation, (IFC); Ibrahim Al Zubi, Majid Al Futtaim, Dubai; Dominique Campana, French National Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME); Matt Golden, Investor Confidence Project; Chen Zhen, Secretary-General, China Exploration and Design Association, with his interpreter on the right; and Ed Mazria, Architects 2030.
Kian Seng Ang, Director, Building and Construction Authority, Singapore
Dominique Campana, French National Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)
Panel (L-R): S. Raghupathy, India Green Building Council; David Turk, Department of Energy, US; Stephen Hibbert, ING Bank; Maryke Van Staden, ICLEI; Kian Seng Ang, Director, Building and Construction Authority, Singapore; and Pekka Huovila, Coordinator, 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).
Maryke Van Staden, ICLEI
S. Raghupathy, India Green Building Council
Panel (L-R): Clover Moore, Mayor, Sydney; Marcio Araujo de Lacerda, Mayor, Belo Horizonte; Jennifer Layke, World Resources Institute (WRI); Johannes Van der Merwe, Councillor of Cape Town; Kassim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta; and Bima Arya, Mayor of Bogor.
Kassim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta
Jennifer Layke, WRI
Clover Moore, Mayor, Sydney

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(L-R) Peter Rothstein, Anna Eriksson, and Alistair Pim, Northeast Clean Energy Council. The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) brings together cross-sector stakeholders in order to world-class clean energy hub in the Northeastern United States.

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