Expert Support for the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC)

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The buildings and construction sector is responsible for just under 20 percent of global CO2 emissions, while at the same time holding significant energy savings potentials. The building sector thus has a key role to play in adhering to internationally agreed climate targets, such as the Paris Convention. Funding and financing options for energy efficiency measures in the building sector play a decisive role in the realization of climate targets. However, there are still uncertainties about the existing possibilities for promoting energy efficiency measures in the building sector, and about their implementation.

Against this backdrop, the Global Alliance for Building and Construction (GABC) was founded in Paris in December 2015, at the initiative of France and the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment). The main focus of the GABC is to raise the energy efficiency potential of the building sector to help achieve the 2°C climate target. Germany is primarily supporting the development of an international roadmap for energy efficiency (Global Roadmap), which is intended to set out the objectives and guidelines of the alliance.

adelphi, with its partners the German Energy Agency GmbH (dena) and Ecofys Germany GmbH, developed a study on the continuing development of the global roadmap and elaborated recommendations on future requirements for action and measures to be taken by the GABC. The Global Roadmap of the GABC was intended, in particular, to help national decision-makers to successfully implement energy efficiency measures in the building sector. Part of the study was to provide a detailed overview of international financing options for energy efficiency measures in the building sector. The focus of the study was on funding and financing measures for private residential building via national and international development banks.

As a project partner, adelphi took on the analysis of national development banks. The study was based on comprehensive research, interviews with representatives of national and international development banks, as well as previously identified best-practice case studies. On this basis, recommendations were elaborated with the aim of improving the implementation of financing projects for energy efficiency measures in the building sector.