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Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction: 2020

The 2020 Global Status Report For Buildings And Construction is the fifth status report published by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) providing an annual progress update on action to achieve the building sector’s goals for reaching the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The report development was supported by over 110 GlobalABC members and experts from around the globe.

This year’s report provides updated CO2 emissions statistics and analysis on progress (or lack thereof) towards reducing emissions from the building and construction sector, with several features unique to the 2020 report, including:

  • Analysis and recommendations related to the impact of COVID-19 and opportunities for a green recovery;
  • A focus on materials and circular economy; and
  • Release of a new index tool – the Building Climate Tracker (BCT).

Stimulus programmes for the building and construction sector are a proven tool to respond to economic crises…To support the decarbonisation of the building sector, stimulus packages for the construction industry should have “strings attached” and reward energy efficiency and environmental criteria.

While the total final energy consumption of the global buildings sector remained at the same level in 2019 compared to the previous year, CO2 emissions from the operation of buildings have increased to their highest level yet at around 10 GtCO2, or 28% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. With the inclusion of emissions from the buildings construction industry, this share increases to 38% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. The slightly lower proportion of buildings emissions compared with the 39% seen in 2018 was due to the increases in transport and other industry emissions relative to buildings.

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