Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) was launched at COP21’s Buildings Day in Paris in December 2015 by the French Government and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It brings together the building and construction industry, countries and businesses to raise awareness and facilitate the global transition towards low-emission, energy-efficient buildings.

The GABC gathers together 23 countries and 64 non-state organisations (sub-national, non-governmental organisations and private sector – including WorldGBC and its member Green Building Councils) from all over the world.

GABC members acknowledge that the buildings and construction sector can contribute significantly to achieving climate goals and the common objective of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The Alliance aims to support and accelerate the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and thus facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement for the buildings and construction sector in terms of energy efficiency gains, growth of renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

WorldGBC was an initiating partner of the Global Alliance, and in 2016 was directly funded by UNEP to support the Alliance in planning and delivering its events during COP22 Marrakech. 

In November 2016, the GABC published the first Global Status Report, which will track each year the progress made in the transition towards low-emission and energy efficient buildings. In the same month, the Global Roadmap report was also published.