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The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) was set up as a voluntary partnership in 2015 during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21). It involves 30+ countries and 100+ members with different backgrounds and fits within the United Nations Environment Programme. The aim is to work towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.


The main concern is that the buildings standing in 2050 have not yet been built and that the number of new buildings is likely to grow rapidly in the coming years, especially in Africa and Asia. This rapid growth will challenge all energy and environmental targets set out by the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

At the same time, this highlights the opportunities that exist, in general outside Europe.

Publication of regional roadmaps

Global Roadmap contains various sets of information that may interest the HVACR industry GlobalABC has published Global Roadmap for Buildings and Construction over the past years that contain various sets of information that may interest the HVACR industry.

Those relating to the 2020-2050 roadmaps for Asia, Africa, and Latin America will give insight to companies that may wish to improve their knowledge about these regions.

These relatively voluminous reports may also prove useful as background information when Eurovent meets its counterparts in other parts of the world.

Publication on Building Passports

In September 2021 this roadmap was issued. It is very much inspired by European practices. The 54-page document makes for complementary reading when discussing the development of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

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Associations and companies can be recommended to check the UN GlobalABC website at regular intervals.

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