UCL Energy Institute


Launch of the Global Roadmap for Buildings and Construction 2020-2050

21 July 2020

The Global Roadmap for Buildings and Construction along with the Regional Roadmap for Latin America was launched on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Photo shows the DUO BUILDING, Groningen, The Netherlands

The Roadmaps were co-authored by Dr Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor at UCL Energy Institute, in collaboration with the International Energy Agency and the UN Environment Programme on behalf of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

The Global Roadmap for Buildings and Construction sets out targets and timelines towards achieving zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction between 2020 and 2050.

The roadmaps cover eight themes, including urban planning, new buildings, existing buildings, building operations, appliances and systems, materials, resilience and clean energy, in the quest of harnessing the sector's enormous opportunities for decarbonization and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Built on a global methodology, they reflect regional specificities, and highlight priorities and data gaps for each region. Thereby they present both a framework and a process that can be used at a national level, and support the buildings and construction sector's Race to Zero by 2050.

The roadmaps are a product of a highly consultative process, involving more than 700 experts who engaged in its development process, refining them each time with more data and examples from the regions. They bring a common vision and language for the buildings and construction sector's highly fragmented value-chain and support the transition towards the decarbonization of the sector.

The Africa and Asia Regional Roadmaps will be released in September.

For further information regarding the UCL's involvement in the GlobalABC or the Roadmaps, please contact Ian Hamilton.