International experts discuss climate action in the building sector

As side-events to the Carbon Expo in Cologne, adelphi organised two events on climate mitigation in the building sector. As a result, participants concluded that greater efforts on the project level are necessary for the development of more effective approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The side events were conducted on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and were conceptualised as side-events to the Carbon Expo in Cologne. As part of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) Workshop activities, the events under the general title of "Call for Action on Climate Protection in the Building Sector: Opportunities Through Carbon Markets and Domestic Policies" covered discussions of past events on the topic of climate protection in the building sector, with a particular focus on the role of carbon market instruments.

The first event dealt with recent developments in climate protection in the building sector across China and Russia. Hou Wenjun from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China explained the role of buildings in several pilot emission-trading-schemes. Elena Gogina from the Moscow State University of Instrument Engineering and Computer Science presented a promising pilot project for the modernisation of prefabricated buildings in a Moscow suburb.

During the second side-event, speakers presented and discussed the role of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) on an urban level in Latin America. They focused particularly on developments in Costa Rica and Colombia regarding this policy and financing instrument.

Participants from both events agreed that a greater number of pilot projects and further experience with innovative concepts for an increase in climate friendly construction are required for sustainably mitigating the climate impact of buildings. In this regard, German politics, German businesses and civil society can contribute by engaging in knowledge transfer, technology cooperation or, for example, city partnerships.