Crux partners with Global Buildings Performance Network on climate solutions event at COP28

On Dec 6th, the Crux Alliance is partnering with the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) and Monash University for a day of conversations focused on climate action in the building sector at COP28 in Dubai.

“We wanted to create a place where people could come and get more information, get an idea of how to make the changes that we heard launched, and the commitments that were made,” says Dr Peter Graham, GBPN Executive Director. 

“But what does that mean on the ground? Are we ready to implement these recommendations? Are there any practical examples? These are the questions that we will put to our panel at all our sessions from a wide range of sectors and geographies.”

“We want to make sure that the built environment gets the attention it deserves, as a solution space for the Sustainable Development Goals and climate action.”

In addition to GBPN, experts from Crux Policy Centers CLASP and the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, along with Crux partner in Brazil, Energy Transition Institute, will be sharing how they’re working with policymakers at the local and national levels to develop ambitious climate policy solutions that benefit the climate, human health, and economies.

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Time 09:30 – 10:30 am local time

Session 1 – How to implement policies for decarbonising built environments at speed and scale – Case Studies from Indonesia & India

Decarbonising the built environment requires working with governments to change policy in integrated ways, and developing innovative policy reform programs with the local stakeholders that are responsible for implementation. So, how do we do this at speed and scale? 

In this workshop you will hear case studies from Indonesia and India of successful policy implementation in buildings, city planning, transport and mobility, and appliances. Contribute your experiences as well, to generate a list of universally applicable key strategies. 

Featuring Crux Policy Centers: Global Buildings Performance Network, CLASP, and Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

Time 10:45 – 11:45 am local time

Session 2 – How to engage health, resilience and the right to sustainable housing as a powerful policy driver to decarbonize the Built Environment

The multiple benefits of sustainable building are rarely used to promote policy reform. However, recent research by Monash University and GBPN has found that enhancing knowledge and awareness of the non-climate change benefits of sustainable building could create a virtuous cycle where consumer demand for sustainable building is accelerated. Government and private sector then respond with policy and products to meet the demand, and with consideration and quantification of sustainable building benefits, stimulate further interest and investment in sustainable building. 

Join this interactive workshop to learn more about how evidence-based stories about the multiple benefits of sustainable buildings can lead to policy reform. You will hear case studies from around the world and work together to generate a list of convincing narratives for policy reform. 

Featuring Crux Policy Center: Global Buildings Performance Network

Time – 12:00 to 13:00 pm local time

Lunch session –  Cities for Children: Exhibition of child and youth-led actions for sustainable cities

This event brings together youth advocates and community engagement practitioners to discuss and showcase the ways in which children and young people are impacted by climate change and how they experience urban environments – particularly during the climate crisis. It will relay unique knowledge and understanding of cities to attendees at COP28. 

  • Hear from children and young people about their experiences of climate change – and their solutions 
  • Participate in an activity to begin to unlock child-like thinking
  • Network with buildings/urban environment academics and youth engagement practitioners

Featuring Crux Policy Center: Global Buildings Performance Network

Time – 13:15 – 14:15 pm local time

Session 3 – Innovation and the new future: How do we move from Incremental to transformative change

Despite our best-efforts to improve efficiency and eliminate waste, incremental improvements in GHG Emissions and deep renovation rates are not keeping pace with rates of Urbanization and growing resource demands. The result is an annual increase in emissions that moves us further away from zero-emissions pathways. Moving towards zero emissions in the built environment therefore requires innovations that support the shift from incremental to transformative change.

The good news is, we already have examples of urban and policy innovation that can work at scale to stimulate policy, behaviour and technology step change. Join this session to hear about transformative change around the world and the principles that underpin it.  

Featuring Crux Alliance partner: Energy Transition Institute (Brazil)

Time – 14:30 – 15:30

Session 4 – What if we made sure buildings and cities perform?: Commitments, achievements & accountability

According to the Buildings Global Status Report 2022 (UNEP), “80 percent of countries now refer to buildings as part of their Nationally Determined Contribution action plans, compared to around 69 per cent in 2020. This is a positive sign as more governments recognize and make commitments to the role buildings play in their decarbonization actions.” Many commitments are also made by non-state actor parties outside of NDCs, such as corporations and municipalities. How do we make sure these commitments are upheld and achieved?

Join this session to hear case studies on how to increase the transparency on climate, social and environmental performance of the built environment to inform action. As well as pathways to turn commitments into achievements.

Featuring Crux Policy Centers: CLASP and Global Buildings Performance Network



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