MPGCA Human Settlements Action Event

Katowice, Poland
Friday 07th December 2018

MPGCA Human Settlements: Integrated climate action, raising ambition and financing multi-level action

** Please note: the Human Settlements Action Event is open to all COP24 ACCREDITED attendees. Without this accreditation, you will not be able to access the room where the Human Settlements Action event will take place**

Register here.

 

Description

Building upon the Paris Agreement vision of engaging all levels of government for climate action, the MPGCA Human Settlements thematic event in 2018 will consist of the three panel discussions as follows:

  • Integrated action: integrated climate action for low-carbon and resilient societies;
  • Raising ambition: sectoral progress and achievements, with a special focus on the buildings and construction sector;
  • Looking forward: financing multilevel action.

 

Background

The MPGCA Human Settlements thematic group is making tremendous efforts to align policies across all levels of governance to enhance ambition through integrated climate action, action in key sectors and multilevel action supported by means of implementation such as climate finance.

Jointly, local, regional and national governments can realise the transformation needed for achieving the mid-century goal of transitioning into low-carbon resilient economies with their ambitious targets and innovative policy solutions. Sectors with the highest carbon footprint in cities comprise energy, buildings and transport. Cities and regions around the world would further benefit from increased capacity building support for accessing and using new finance instruments.

Objective: Impacts and progress made in 2018

Urban infrastructure accounts for over 70% of global energy use and cities account for between 37% and 49% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings and construction alone are responsible for some 40% of energy consumption and related GHG emissions globally. The majority of the world’s cities are in low lying flood-prone or coastal areas, which are vulnerable to climate hazards. Against this backdrop, strengthening institutional capacity to enable enforcement of standards and policies – for human settlements across all levels of government is crucial for achieving the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement.

Focusing on three pillars of integrated climate action, sectoral progress and financing multilevel action, this year’s MPGCA Human Settlements thematic event aims to strengthen the five high-impact levers of the Human Settlements thematic group, which are as follows: 1) multilevel governance; 2) finance; 3) net-zero emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction; 4) low emission transport; and 5) zero-waste. These five high-impact levers will receive a thematic deep-dive through three 45-minute sessions that would comprise the 3-hour slot dedicated to the Human Settlements thematic group.

Session 1: 10:00AM - 11:00AM - Integrated climate action for low carbon and resilient societies

Session 2: 11:00AM - 12:00PM - Raising ambition: taking a deeper look at the buildings sector

The second session will focus on raising ambition by highlighting sectoral progress made. Based on a reporting back on commitments made at the recent Global Climate Action Summit in California (net zero carbon buildings, 1.5 mid-century climate neutrality , zero emission urban mobility, 100% renewable energy, zero waste, and equity), the session will focus on experiences in the buildings and construction sector. Key policy briefs and outcome documents that would serve as background information for the session include the progress report on the Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction 2018, the Global Roadmap, and the Call to Global Climate Action from the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS).

11:00 - 11:10 - opening remarks by Minister

11:10 - 11:40 - Round Table of five speakers 

Speakers:

  • His Excellency Noureddine Selmi, Minister of Housing and Land Use Planning, Tunisia 
  • Mrs. Fatna EL-K’HIEL, Morocco Secretary of State to the Minister of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy, in charge of Housing
  • Mr. Stephan Ruchti, Head of the Environment & Sustainable Development Unit, Sectoral Foreign Policies Division at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
  • Mr. Adam Jedrzejczak, CEO, Danfoss Eastern Europe
  • Dr. Christine Lemaitre, CEO, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

11:40 - 11:55 - Interaction with audience

11:55 - 12:00 - Closing remarks

Session 3: 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Looking forward: financing multilevel action

Register here

 

MPGCA Human Settlements: Integrated climate action, raising ambition and financing multi-level action

** Please note: the Human Settlements Action Event is open to all COP24 ACCREDITED attendees. Without this accreditation, you will not be able to access the room where the Human Settlements Action event will take place**

Register here.

 

Description

Building upon the Paris Agreement vision of engaging all levels of government for climate action, the MPGCA Human Settlements thematic event in 2018 will consist of the three panel discussions as follows:

  • Integrated action: integrated climate action for low-carbon and resilient societies;
  • Raising ambition: sectoral progress and achievements, with a special focus on the buildings and construction sector;

  • Looking forward: financing multilevel action.

 

Background

The MPGCA Human Settlements thematic group is making tremendous efforts to align policies across all levels of governance to enhance ambition through integrated climate action, action in key sectors and multilevel action supported by means of implementation such as climate finance.

Jointly, local, regional and national governments can realise the transformation needed for achieving the mid-century goal of transitioning into low-carbon resilient economies with their ambitious targets and innovative policy solutions. Sectors with the highest carbon footprint in cities comprise energy, buildings and transport. Cities and regions around the world would further benefit from increased capacity building support for accessing and using new finance instruments.

Objective: Impacts and progress made in 2018

Urban infrastructure accounts for over 70% of global energy use and cities account for between 37% and 49% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings and construction alone are responsible for some 40% of energy consumption and related GHG emissions globally. The majority of the world’s cities are in low lying flood-prone or coastal areas, which are vulnerable to climate hazards. Against this backdrop, strengthening institutional capacity to enable enforcement of standards and policies – for human settlements across all levels of government is crucial for achieving the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement.

Focusing on three pillars of integrated climate action, sectoral progress and financing multilevel action, this year’s MPGCA Human Settlements thematic event aims to strengthen the five high-impact levers of the Human Settlements thematic group, which are as follows: 1) multilevel governance; 2) finance; 3) net-zero emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction; 4) low emission transport; and 5) zero-waste. These five high-impact levers will receive a thematic deep-dive through three 45-minute sessions that would comprise the 3-hour slot dedicated to the Human Settlements thematic group.

Session 1: 10:00AM - 11:00AM - Integrated climate action for low carbon and resilient societies

Session 2: 11:00AM - 12:00PM - Raising ambition: taking a deeper look at the buildings sector

The second session will focus on raising ambition by highlighting sectoral progress made. Based on a reporting back on commitments made at the recent Global Climate Action Summit in California (net zero carbon buildings, 1.5 mid-century climate neutrality , zero emission urban mobility, 100% renewable energy, zero waste, and equity), the session will focus on experiences in the buildings and construction sector. Key policy briefs and outcome documents that would serve as background information for the session include the progress report on the Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction 2018, the Global Roadmap, and the Call to Global Climate Action from the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS).

11:00 - 11:10 - opening remarks by Minister

11:10 - 11:40 - Round Table of five speakers 

Speakers:

  • His Excellency Noureddine Selmi, Minister of Housing and Land Use Planning, Tunisia 
  • Mrs. Fatna EL-K’HIEL, Morocco Secretary of State to the Minister of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy, in charge of Housing
  • Mr. Stephan Ruchti, Head of the Environment & Sustainable Development Unit, Sectoral Foreign Policies Division at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
  • Mr. Adam Jedrzejczak, CEO, Danfoss Eastern Europe
  • Dr. Christine Lemaitre, CEO, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

11:40 - 11:55 - Interaction with audience

11:55 - 12:00 - Closing remarks

Session 3: 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Looking forward: financing multilevel action

Register here