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United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) 2022: Capacity Building Critical for Construction

 

The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) is scheduled to take place between November 7th and November 18th in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in 2022.  

The World Meteorological Organization and its partners released a report, the State of the Climate in Africa 2020 

The report alerts of the continent’s disproportionate vulnerability, estimating that up to 118 million extremely poor Africans will face drought, floods, and extreme heat by 2030. As a result, progress toward poverty alleviation and economic growth will stall, leaving more people in deep and widespread poverty. warned of the continent’s disproportionate vulnerability, estimating that by 2030, up to 118 million extremely poor Africans will be exposed to drought, floods, and extreme heat. This, in turn, will have an impact on progress toward poverty alleviation and economic growth, leaving more people in entrenched and widespread poverty. 

The report estimates that investment in climate adaptation for Sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade will cost between $30 and $50 billion per year or roughly two to three percent of GDP – enough to spur job creation and economic development while prioritizing a sustainable and green recovery. 

The COP27 conference will advance global climate talks, mobilize action, and provide an important opportunity to examine the effects of climate change in Africa. 

The Role of Construction in Climate Change and Global Warming 

Today’s world is experiencing climate change and global warming at an alarming rate. Along with other factors, the extraction of natural resources for building materials uses energy, damages the environment, and adds to global warming.  

Construction and the built environment are the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in both developed and developing nations. Therefore, drastic adjustments are needed in the way that materials are produced, used, and saved on energy. It is vital to provide suggestions right away on the use of renewable resources, as well as the recycling and reuse of building materials.   

Given that the AEC sector is one of the main drivers of climate change, sustainability has recently evolved from a trend to a need. Architects, engineers, and manufacturers now have a practical opportunity to help create a better society.  

In recent times we have also witnessed a growing demand for environmentally sensitive construction, specifically the creation of Smart Cities 

Despite the fact that the Covid-19-induced global lockout drastically reduced building and construction-related emissions in 2020, trends are once again on the rise. According to the UN, this means that “emissions will keep rising and contribute to disastrous climate change.” 

Construction and Global Climate Change – Some Stats 

  • About 40% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from this industry (WBCSD 2018). The materials utilized, as well as the heating, cooling, and lighting of buildings and infrastructure, are the main sources of these emissions. 
  • In 2019, CO2 emissions rose to 9.95 GtCO2. When building construction industry emissions are included, the sector is responsible for 38% of all energy-related CO2 emissions. 
  • To reach net zero carbon building stock by 2050, direct building CO2 emissions must be cut in half by 2030. 
  • According to UNEP’s annual Emissions Gap Report 2020, the globe is still on track to experience a temperature rise of more than 3°C this century, despite a decline in carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic. 
  • A recent UN report presents a gloomy picture of the state of the environment, noting that the building industry was responsible for 37% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. 

In recent times we have also witnessed a growing demand for environmentally sensitive construction, specifically the creation of Smart Cities 

Despite the fact that the Covid-19-induced global lockout drastically reduced building and construction-related emissions in 2020, trends are once again on the rise. According to the UN, this means that “emissions will keep rising and contribute to disastrous climate change.” 

Capacity Building is Critical in Construction 

Capacity Building in construction is an investment in future sustainability and effectiveness. Since the construction industry is one of the major contributors to global climate change and global warming, it is critical that the building sector takes proactive and progressive steps toward future sustainability.  

Evolving and Developing the construction industry’s operational, technical, financial, or organizational maturity to the next level is the true essence of capacity building.  

Capacity building is an ongoing strategy for creating a sustainable and effective organization, not a one-time effort to increase short-term effectiveness. By doing this, the construction sector would be better prepared to plan and execute its future missions. 

What is Capacity Building? 

The process of fostering and enhancing the knowledge, talents, processes, and resources that enable communities and organizations to endure, adapt, and prosper in a world that is undergoing rapid change is known as capacity building.  

Capacity Building is a change that is produced and sustained over time from within, a transformation that goes beyond completing tasks to changing mindsets and attitudes is a crucial component of capacity building. 

Programs and initiatives that are founded on the future forecast, sustained involvement, and collaborations experience capacity building and development. 

The Paris Agreement 

According to The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015, and entered into force on 4 November 2016. 

Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. 

In order to achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate-neutral world by mid-century. 

The Paris Agreement is a landmark in the multilateral climate change process because, for the first time, a binding agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. 

With a goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050, the UK became the first major economy to pass a net zero carbon emissions law in June 2019. One of the most challenging goals in the world, the net zero aim calls for balancing emissions with plans to remove an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the environment, such as planting trees or using carbon capture and storage techniques. 

COP27 and the Road to Sustainability  

Buildings and construction account for roughly 40% of global carbon emissions, so we must act quickly to reduce them. At COP27, we need to make sure that governments are aware of this in order to encourage them to adopt laws and other measures that will significantly reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. 

The COP27 conference is a golden opportunity to express solidarity in the face of an existential threat that can only be defeated by coordinated action and successful implementation. 

The global construction industry is quite infamous for the slow adoption and adaption of technological advancements. If we want to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 construction industry needs to immediately address society’s most difficult environmental and sustainability challenges.  

AEC organizations and their leaders need to acquire competencies and skills that can make them more effective and sustainable. There is no right time to do this, the Right Time is Now. 

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