Key measures for decision makers

Successfully decarbonizing buildings in a sustainable manner

July 16, 2021

In order to slow climate change, the building sector must be decarbonized globally. On behalf of GlobalABC, INFRAS identified ten key measures that could lead to success.


Installing solar panels, planting on facades: two examples of measures for decarbonizing buildings. (Photo: Keystone-SDA).
Installing solar panels, planting on facades: two examples of measures for decarbonizing buildings. (Photo: Keystone-SDA).

The building sector accounts directly or indirectly for approximately 38 percent of the energy-related-global greenhouse gas emissions. INFRAS identified potential measures to decarbonize the building sector on behalf of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) and with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Ten key measures for decarbonizing the building sector

From new buildings over existing buildings and extending to materials and operations: the decarbonization of the building sector must be addressed in various key areas. Together with members of the GlobalABC, INFRAS developed the ten most important measures to decarbonize the building sector. They propose, among other things, that decision makers establish ambitious energy codes for buildings, lead by example in renovating public buildings to a zero- energy standard, and enable easy access to information on the carbon footprint of building materials.

Inspiration for decision makers all over the globe

“The measures can be taken globally and on various levels – nationally, subnationally, and locally”, emphasizes Myriam Steinemann, associate partner at INFRAS. “The brochure highlights a set of essential measures and successful examples clearly and concisely. In particular, it aims to inspire senior officials and decision makers, as the Paris Agreement goals will not be met without the global decarbonization of the building sector.”

Further Information

Project team

Myriam Steinemann Associate Partner
Stefan Kessler Associate Partner
Anna Ehrler Research Associate

Project

Decarbonizing the building sector - 10 Key measures

Duration

2020 - 2021

Topics


Who we work for

Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit DEZA

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Contacts

Myriam Steinemann Associate Partner