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Join us in Quebec City, Canada, for the UNEP-SBCI 2014 Annual Meeting & Symposium Quebec City, Canada, 12 and 13 May 2014

UNEP-SBCI will hold its annual meeting and symposium the Future of the Built Environment: Sustainability, Carbon Neutrality and Beyond, to be held 12-13 May 2014 in Quebec City, Canada, hosted by our partner Canada Wood. This year, the UNEP-SBCI symposium is being held in conjunction with the 10 Year anniversary of the Canada Green Building Council - Quebec Chapter. All UNEP-SBCI Partners and Collaborators are invited to attend the initiative's Annual Meeting on 12 May. This will be the occasion to:

  • Receive an overview of the highlights and results from 2013 - 2014 Partnership year, including the work and reports from UNEP-SBCI’s Task Force on Supply Chain, and the Materials Technical Advisory Committee.
  • Discuss UNEP-SBCI's 2014 - 2015 work programme.
  • Select the 2014 - 2015 UNEP-SBCI Advisory Board and Committees.
  • Participate in Committees and Working Groups
  • Welcome new Partners and network with peers, including at a Gala Dinner to be held jointly with the Canada Green Building Council

On 13 May, UNEP-SBCI will hold the 2014 UNEP-SBCI Symposium. The symposium will focus on the role of the buildings sector on the road to Paris 2015.  The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP-21) will be held in Paris in late 2015, at which member states are expected to sign the next global climate agreement.  The building sector must be mobilized to help deliver action and achieve climate mitigation.  The symposium will include Technical sessions highlighting Carbon/energy/resource efficiency metrics, and Policy sessions focusing on necessary mitigation actions, including panels of industry representatives and city officials. 

Places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment. Registrations are now opened. More information here.


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UNEP-SBCI 2013 Fall Symposium – Brief summary and outcomes

We are pleased to share with you the summary and key outcomes of our UNEP-SBCI 2013 Fall Symposium on Sustainable Buildings, which was was held in Paris at the UNESCO Conference Center  (25-26 November 2013).  This Symposium, Global Action towards Resource Efficiency and Climate Mitigation in the Building Sector, brought together about 130 participants over two days, including local government representatives, NGOs, research institutions, private sector representatives, and various key stakeholders from the building sector.   The symposium was supported by Paris-based UNEP-SBCI partner, Global Buildings Performance Network. Discussions revolved around the opportunities to further promote greater resource efficiency in the building sector, including throughout the sector supply chain, as well as for the need for metrics and indicators for materials, and for clear guidance on Life Cycle approach in the sector.   Key components of the symposium included a session and consultations on the development of a Sustainable Buildings and Construction programme under the 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production adopted at Rio+20.

Additionally, discussions focused on the opportunities to elevate the building sector in achieving greater energy efficiency and climate mitigation, and the steps necessary on the road to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties-21 (COP21) to be held in Paris in 2015.    The ‘Road to Paris 2015’ will be critical to continue to raise awareness of the importance of the building sector to help reach climate targets, and to establish the collaborations necessary to realize the sector’s potential.  The symposium presentations are available here

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World Cities Summit – 1-4 June 2014, Singapore

The World Cities Summit is the exclusive and premier platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Themed Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Common Challenges, Shared Solutions, the 4th World Cities Summit will be held in conjunction with Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS). To register your interest and request for an invite, visit http://www.worldcitiessummit.com.sg/ 

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10th International Green Habitat Forum - 6-8 December 2013, Shenzhen, China

UNEP-SBCI partner, China Merchants Property Development will host the 10th International Green Habitat Forum (IGHF), 6-8 December 2013, exploring the topics of low carbon development, green habitat and urbanization. The forum will be a platform for information exchange and cooperation among Chinese governments, academics, NGOs and international experts to promote innovative urban planning concepts and applications to help address the challenges China faces during its urbanization process.  Speakers will represent governments, research institutes and NGOs and include UNEP-SBCI partners.  The event is co-organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development, Shenzhen Municipal Government, and UNEP-SBCI.  The forum will be held at Hilton Hotel in Shekou, Shenzhen.  

For more information, contact:
Ms. Luting Jin
Email: jinluting@cmhk.com
Cell: 86-13802978995
Tel: 86-39976445
Fax: 86-39976699
Website: http://www.ghabitat.org/en.php

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UNEP-SBCI Fall Symposium
25-26 November, Paris, France – UNESCO Conference Center

UNEP-SBCI will hold its 2013 Fall Symposium, ‘Global Action towards Resource Efficiency and Climate Mitigation in the Building Sector’ in Paris France on 25-26 November.  The two-day workshop will focus on actions that must be taken to achieve the full resource efficiency and climate mitigation potential of the building sector.  Participants will learn about:

  • UNEP’s efforts to promote life-cycle approaches to buildings and materials
  • Decoupling economic growth from resource consumption, a critical issue for the building sector
  • The necessity to green the Construction Sector Supply Chain
  • Access to Data and Finance to deliver energy efficiency in buildings
  • Policies, strategies and tools for resource and energy efficiency,  such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)
  • The 2013 Fall Symposium will be supported by Paris-based UNEP-SBCI partner, Global Buildings Performance Network, and will be an informative and forward-looking dialogue contributing to establishment of a relevant global vision for the sector. This two-day symposium will focus on actions that must be taken to achieve the full resource efficiency and climate mitigation potential of the building sector. Featuring policy-makers from local, national, and international organizations, and presentations from technical experts from across the world, the symposium will be a platform to discuss tools and policies, including the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production and support mechanisms such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). You will find more detailed information on the agenda here.

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    Berlin High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport & 2013 Global Forum on Human Settlements Successfully Held

    Right on the anniversary of Rio+20, Berlin High-Level Dialogue on Sustainable Cities and Transport & 2013 Global Forum on Human Settlements grandly kicked off at EUREF Campus, Berlin, Germany, on 19-21 June 2013. It was co-organized by UNDESA, UN-HABITAT, UNEP, GFHS, ICLEI, UBA, InnoZ, etc. The conference extended its relevant agenda centering on the theme of “Implementing Rio+20 Decisions and Achieving the Future We Want”, and attracted nearly 400 delegates from 40 countries and international organizations.

    At the Dialogue’s opening ceremony, Gyan Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General first conveyed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s congratulatory statement for the conference: “The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development emphasized how clean, safe and affordable transport enhances economic development by improving social equity and public health. Better land use and more efficient transport systems help protect the environment, and they also enhance urban-rural connection and productivity of rural areas by improving access to jobs, markets, goods and services. While financing investment in sustainable transport can be challenging, we have a model in Rio+20 Conference, we saw unprecedented level of voluntary commitments, and eight largest multilateral development banks jointly committed to investment of proximately 175 billion dollars over the next 10 years in more sustainable transport systems in developing countries. Sustainable cities and transport are central to empowering people and protecting the planet.”

    Jochen Flasbarth, President of the German Federal Environment Agency, spoke out for compact cities with short distances. The transport sector has to bear all its own costs, as well as the environmental and health costs. Flasbarth demanded that counterproductive subsidies in this regard must be reduced. E-mobility and gas from renewable sources are clearly better solutions than biofuels, which mostly consume land for food production.

    The 2013 Global Forum on Human Settlements is the most highlighted big-pictures of the conference. The Forum themed on “Sustainable Urban Development and Ecological Cities Initiatives and Best Practices”, and Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch of UNEP took the lead to share the “Global Initiative for Resources Efficient Cities” which is to enhance the quality of life in urban areas, in particular in rapidly growing cities in developing countries, while minimizing resource extraction, energy consumption and waste generation, while safeguarding ecosystem services. It encourages global cities to get the active participation, and UNEP and its partners will assist them by providing technical and policy support.

        At the conference, officials from Berlin Municipal Government and other world city governments introduced the experience on the city transportation and best practices of urban development. Li Xiaolin, President of China Power New Energy Development Company Limited showcased their advanced concept, technology and the international cooperation model for the project of “Green Healthy City” located in Hainan province. Also, delegates from Mission Hills Group, China shared the successful experience of building the world-class low-carbon ecological scenic spot, and the economic and social benefits it generated, -that duly caused wide concern too.

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    UNEP-SBCI Partner FIDIC holds Centenary Conference in Barcelona

    The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC),  a partner in UNEP-SBCI, will be holding its Centenary Conference in Barcelona, 15-18 September 2013.  In collaboration with FIDIC, UNEP-SBCI will be hosting a special session  during the ‘Business Day,’ Wednesday, 18 September from 13:00-16:00.   Arab Hoballah, Chief of UNEP’s Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch will be leading the session, focused on Creating a Resource Efficient Building Sector.  Mr. Hoballah will also moderate a panel discussion on A Global Vision for Sustainable Building with Mr. Torsten Kleiss, Senior Strategy Manager, Siemens Switzerland Ltdm Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Emilio Miguel Mitre, Director of International Affairs for the Green Building Council of Spain and Coordinator of the Sustainable Building Regional and World Conference Series (SB13 and SB14 Conferences), Ike Van der Putte (FIDIC) and municipal and government officials.   For information on the FIDIC Centenary Conference, please visit www.fidic2013.org

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    SB Conferences-series - 2013

    UNEP-SBCI is one of four international co-promoters (along with CIB, iiSBE and FIDIC) of the Global Sustainable Building Conference Series.  The series will continue with more than 15 regional conferences confirmed for 2013, followed by a 2014 Global Conference in Barcelona.    More information, including Calls for Papers and host organizations for each conference, can be found at the SB Conference website:  www.sbconferences.org

    UNEP-SBCI Partner, Building and Construction Authority of Singpore's Centre for Sustainable Buildings (CSB) will be hosting a regional SB Conference, 9-10 September 2013, with the theme, Realising Sustainability in the Tropics.  Please see information below:

    SB13 Singapore
    Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
    For registration, visit: http://www.sbsingapore.org/SB13/registration-rate/online-re/      
    Or contact us: +65 6356 4727 | contact@sbsingapore.org  
     
    Sustainable Building 2013 (SB13) Singapore is a pre-eminent international conference series on Sustainable Buildings & Construction. The event is co-organised by the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings (BCA CSB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). The conference aims to provide an unparalleled view into regional and international sustainable building issues and promote greater sustainability through cost effective solutions in design, construction and operation. It also seeks to showcase built projects, ongoing research and governance models that specifically address life in the tropics; paradigms, processes and tools that can help designers, developers and policy-makers understand the exchange between people and buildings, buildings and neighbourhoods, cities and their surroundings, man and nature. The theme of SB13 Singapore is “Realising Sustainability in the Tropics”, and it is subdivided into four tracks, with a special session on Construction Materials Stewardship, CIB W115. Experts in the industry will be speaking at the conference, including:
     
    -       Herbert DREISEITL, Atelier Dreiseitl, Germany
    -       Richard HASSELL, WOHA, Singapore
    -       Curt GARRIGAN, UNEP-SBCI, France
    -       Wolfgang KESSLING, Transsolar, Germany
    -       Charles J. KIBERT, University of Florida, USA
    -       Ashok LALL, Ashok B Lall Architects, India
     
    The conference proceedings will focus on peer reviewed papers by researchers and practitioners; plenary sessions; and exhibition displays with participation encouraged from researchers, practitioners, stakeholders, policy makers, investors, students as well as users. For more information, visit www.sbsingapore.org

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    21.02.13UNEP-SBCI Annual Meeting and Symposium to be held in Changsha, China

    This year’s UNEP-SBCI Annual Meeting and Symposium will be held in Changsha, China, 14-15 May 2013, graciously hosted by BROAD Group. The Annual Meeting, limited to partners and collaborators, will be on 14 May and include highlights of the 2012-13 partnership year, as well as adoption of the 2013-14 Programme of Work and committee/working group assignments. The Symposium on Sustainable Buildings on 15 May is open to the public and will focus on technical and policy developments at the international level and in the region. Highlighted will be: Tools and strategies developed by UNEP-SBCI; Greening the building sector supply chain; Metrics for Efficiency in Buildings; Policies for Resource Efficiency and Climate Mitigation; and The Economics of Efficiency. The symposium will include discussions from policy-makers from local, regional and national authorities and presentations from technical experts from across the world. Please see more information at the UNEP-SBCI Symposium link here
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    21.02.13SB CONFERENCE SERIES- 2013

    UNEP-SBCI is one of four international co-promoters (along with CIB, iiSBE and FIDIC) of the Global Sustainable Building Conference Series. The series will continue with more than 15 regional conferences confirmed for 2013, followed by a 2014 Global Conference in Barcelona in 2014. More information, including Calls for Papers and host organizations for each conference, can be found at the SB Conference website: www.sbconferences.org. Many of the conferences currently have open calls for papers with deadlines approaching soon.

    UNEP-SBCI Partner, Building and Construction Authority of Singpore's Centre for Sustainable Buildings (CSB) will be hosting a regional SB Conference, 9-10 September 2013, with the theme, Realising Sustainability in the Tropics, and has issued a call for paper abstracts. Deadline is 28 February 2013. Please see information at CSB's website

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    21.02.13UNEP to help develop Building Sector NAMAs in Asia

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is pleased to announce it will begin working on a project with partners in Asia to develop Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) specifically for the building sector. The concept of NAMAs dates to 2007, when the Bali Action Plan was adopted at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed to “nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country Parties in the context of sustainable development, supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity-building, in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner.”

    The NAMA Development for the Building Sector in Asia project will assist four priority countries in the region (Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam) to assess opportunities for NAMAs in their respective building sectors and to develop and refine tools to meet ‘measurable, reportable and verifiable’ (MRV) standards. Recognizing the significant mitigation potential of the building sector, the project will identify and evaluate actions for each country to development into formal NAMAs, provide an MRV tool and an overall framework to support NAMA development by the countries, including a regional support network for building sector-specific NAMAs. The project is part of the International Climate Initiative, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The work of UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) to promote policy frameworks and tools provided much of the basis for UNEP’s project proposal.

    This project includes working with representatives from the respective countries through direct consultations and a series of common and country-specific workshops and training sessions that UNEP will conduct with stakeholders (including relevant ministries, local authorities, and representatives from the construction sector, financial institutions, NGOs and developers). UNEP will assist in building the capacity of the countries to implement NAMAs, raising awareness in the region of the linkage between building performance and climate change, and broadly realizing the significant mitigation potential of the building sector. Recommendations for mitigation actions, which could include the adoption of codes and standards, certification systems, retrofit programmes and incentive schemes, among other options will be identified for each country, and guidance will be provided on a framework for implementation which will support alignment with national climate strategies and efforts for NAMAs in other sectors.

    Further, the project will help develop a sector-specific MRV methodology, using the Common Carbon Metric (CCM) developed by UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative as the basis. The application and further refinement of the CCM in consultation with the UNFCCC as a MRV methodology specific to the building sector will provide a tool for the respective countries to continue establishment of baselines and measure progress in emission reductions. At the conclusion of the project, knowledge sharing workshops will be held in China and India to further encourage building-sector NAMAs in those countries.

    UNEP-SBCI’s members and partners were critical to the development and pilot testing of the Common Carbon Metric, and have long promoted the potential for NAMAs in the building sector at its various symposia. The project proposal developed by UNEP capitalizes on these efforts and will create additional opportunities for UNEP-SBCI’s continued work on mitigation opportunities to potentially contribute to national strategies and actions. The implementing partners in the project consist of The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore’s Centre for Sustainable Buildings (BCA-CSB), a UNEP-SBCI partner and an official ‘centre collaborating with UNEP,’ UNEP- Regional Office for Asia and Pacific in Bangkok, the UNEP-RISOE Centre near Copenhagen, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. Additional project partners will be identified as the project proceeds.

    The NAMA Development for the Building Sector in Asia project has great potential, not only for the countries in the region to achieve significant mitigation, but also for the lessons learned and methodologies to be replicated in other locations. We look forward to seeing the progress and results from this project and continuing to see UNEP-SBCI efforts contribute to policy action worldwide.

    This project is part of the International Climate Initiative. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

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    21.02.13LivCom Awards

    The International Awards for Liveable Communities (The LivCom Awards), which is both an Awards initiative and a major learning programme, has been presented each year since 1997, and in collaboration with UNEP since 2007. LivCom is a world Awards Programme based on International Best Practice for the management of the local environment. www.livcomawards.com

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    21.02.13UNEP-SBCI Common Carbon Metric Continues at ISO

    In Fall 2010, Professor Tomonari Yashiro of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Sciences (a UNEP-SBCI partner since 2011), and convenor of a Working Group focused on Sustainability in Buildings and Civil Engineering Works at the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) proposed to develop an International Standard to provide a universal method of measuring GHG emissions from buildings, using UNEP-SBCI's Common Carbon Metric as the basis and reference for the development of the standard. The Common Carbon Metric is a globally harmonized tool and protocol to measure energy consumption and report GHG emissions from building operations. ISO has over the past two years been developing the standard, and Professor Yashiro, who also facilitates UNEP-SBCI's Energy/GHG Technical Adviroy Committee, presented the ISO progress at the UNEP-SBCI Fall Symposium. As part of the ISO process, draft standards are subject to periodic balloting to continue the multiphase development of the standard. The draft standard based on the CCM has passed ballots through the Committee Draft phase and is the standard-writing process is estimated to continue until 2014.

    The CCM has continued to attract interest and has been applied in a variety of projects and locations. Concurrent with the ISO process, UNEP has demonstrated the CCM in city workshops in Eastern Europe through a project with UNEP's Regional Office for Europe and the European Union Covenant of Mayors, and has incorporated the CCM in a project proposal to assist governments in Asia to develop Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for the building sector. Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the Ministry of Energy Green Technology and Water has applied the CCM for the building component of its Low Carbon Cities Framework and Assessment System (LCCF). It has been used as part of the LCCF in Cyberjaya and will be used in four other townships in Malaysia.

    UNEP-SBCI partners helped to develop and pilot test the CCM, and the success of the protocol and tool is a testament to the strength and possibilities of the initiative to develop effective tools, strategies and policies to support sustainable buildings.

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