The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) works towards the Paris Agreement Goals of limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

Our motto: Towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings a

The GlobalABC Secretariat is hosted by UN Environment's Economy Division. To contact the Secretariat, email us at Global[dot]ABC[at]un[dot]org.

Transforming the building and construction sector is vital to the success of the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The buildings and construction sector is already responsible for nearly 40% of global final energy use and of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, including the manufacturing of materials and products. Rapid population growth and purchasing power in emerging economies, especially in fast growing urban areas, and the need for more affordable and adequate housing means this impact could expand even further. Global building floor area is expected to double by 2060 and, without action, energy demand in buildings could increase by 50% over the same time period, along with emissions from construction. The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) is a major international initiative that aims to increase pace and scale of this transformation.

Our vision: In a future-proof world all buildings – old and new – are zero emission, efficient and resilient. Does your city or country prioritise #FutureProofBuildings? Are you curious about their benefits and who is acting in the sector? Follow the conversation on Twitter @Join_GlobalABC and LinkedIn on our company page.

With 120 members, including 27 countries, the GlobalABC is the leading global platform for governments, the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental and international organizations to increase action towards a zero-emission, efficient and
resilient buildings and construction sector. We have a host of knowledge products including reports and guidelines already available to our partners. We channel visibility for the sector and are recognized as key influencer at international gatherings aimed at addressing urbanization challenges and climate change, such the annual UN climate change conferences and the G20.

The GlobalABC’s key goals include: Raising ambitions to meet the Paris climate goals While the sector is a major emitter, it also holds huge potential for improvement. We work to raise the level of ambition in retrofitting existing buildings and future-proofing the investments that we will see going into new buildings over the next 15 years. Mobilizing all actors along the value chain Faced with a fragmented value chain, all stakeholders – from design to construction, operations and demolition in the private and public sectors – need to play their part. We encourage policy frameworks that promote both uptake of existing, cost-effective solutions and private sector innovation – using sustainable public procurement as a lever to create markets and investor security.

Our activities are organized around education and awareness; public policies; market transformation; finance; and building measurement, data and information.

Our products and activities include:
• Global Status Report, which keeps track of annual progress and highlights good examples.
• The Global Roadmap, which identifies key steps to put the sector on a sustainable path. The Roadmap is now being expanded upon four major regions.
• Guide on Incorporating Buildings Sector Climate Actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
• Cost-Effective High-Impact Building Energy Policies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
• Science-based performance standards.
• Local alliances in the buildings and construction sector, paired with Green Building Councils or other alliances on buildings.

Visibility and advocacy:
• Buildings Day at each year’s Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
• Side events at high level international gatherings, such as during G20 meetings.
• Regional Roundtables for best practice exchange and raising ambition levels.

Get involved

The buildings and construction sector must change, and indeed is changing. By joining the GlobalABC, you can help shape this change, gain access to a fantastic network of likeminded champions, increase visibility of your actions and actively shape key messages and tools that put this important sector on a climate compatible path. Join the GlobalABC and engage in one or more of its five work areas:

Education and Awareness | Public Policies | Market Transformation | Finance | Building Measurement, Data and Information

The GlobalABC Secretariat is hosted by UN Environment's Economy Division. To contact the Secretariat, email us at Global[dot]ABC[at]un[dot]org.

Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector - presenting the GlobalABC Global Status Report 2019

The Global Status Report documents the status and trends of key indicators for energy use, emissions, technologies, policies, and investments to track the buildings and construction sector, globally and in key regions. Central findings of this report include:

Big step-up in ambition needed to put buildings and construction on track to meet Paris Agreement Goals. Buildings and construction generate nearly 40% of CO2 emissions, yet action continues to lag far behind opportunity. 

With a window opening for enhanced Paris agreement plans, the sector will be key to unlocking higher climate action. 

Dramatic improvements in the way the world’s buildings are built, designed and operated are urgently needed if the vast, globally significant building and construction sector is to play its part in meeting international goals under the Paris Agreement.

The report also underlines several worrying trends – overwhelming the many positive ones also featured – that governments need to address now to get on track to meet targets by 2030 and beyond. Indeed, without action, energy demands for this sector could rise by 50% by 2060. 

The report underlines that we’re not on track. Without serious and sustained action these rising energy demands from this vital sector mean we cannot achieve the urgently needed climate transition or the sustainable development goals.

For more information download the Global Status Report here.



As the graph below shows, substantial progress can be made since more countries could commit themselves to take effective action in the sector.


N° of countries

Building Energy Codes

N° of countries

Building Energy Certification

N° of countries

Space Heating

Emissions with policy coverage (MtCO2)

Space Cooling

Emissions with policy coverage (MtCO2)

Water Heating

Emissions with policy coverage (MtCO2)


Emissions with policy coverage (MtCO2)

Indicators of progress for the transition towards zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings (Source : Global Status Report, 2016).