Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI)

What is UNEP-SBCI?

UNEP-SBCI is a partnership that brings together the main public and private actors in the building and construction sectors (companies, local and national governments, non-governmental organizations, research centers, international institutions, etc.). Its purpose is to bring a common message from these actors to promote the universal adoption of practices aimed at improving the efficient use of resources and energy efficiency in buildings.

Much of the work of the initiative focuses on knowledge and data development and the development of tools and strategies to assist decision makers at all levels in adopting sustainable construction policies and practices .

In addition, since the building is an essential part of the dynamics of cities, UNEP-SBCI collaborates with many international initiatives on cities.


The building sector alone is responsible for 40% of the annual energy consumption and nearly 30% of all energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Yet this sector has great potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions at lower costs, both in developed and developing countries.


Afin d’atteindre son objectif, le PNUE-SBCI organise son travail autour de 4 axes :

  1. Provide a common platform for dialogue and collective action for stakeholders in the building sector.
  2. Develop tools and strategies for the promotion and adoption of sustainable building practices around the world.
  3. Establish globally recognized baselines, based on a life cycle approach, focusing first on energy efficiency and GHG emissions, and then extending to additional indicators such as: use of building materials and water.
  4. Demonstrate, through pilot projects, the important role of buildings in climate change mitigation and adaptation policies and adapt them accordingly to local, national and global policies. (*)

* Extract from the UNEP-SBCI brochure

ENERGIES 2050 & the UNEP-SBCI Initiative

Since 2007, ENERGIES 2050 has been participating in the United Nations Environment Program’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI).

Stéphane POUFFARY, Honorary president of ENERGIES 2050, was one of the founding members of the initiative in 2006. Since then, several members of the ENERGIES 2050 network have been actively involved in all UNEP-SBCI activities as well as in the development of the various tools and reports produced.

In 2012, ENERGIES 2050 was elected Chairman of the Executive Committee of UNEP-SBCI.

Stéphane POUFFARY, before being elected President of the Executive Committee, was involved as Chairman of the Think Tank on Climate Change between 2006 and 2010 and as Senior Adviser of the Advocacy Committee between 2010 and 2012.

Currently, ENERGIES 2050 members participate in all UNEP-SBCI Committees and Working Groups.

Useful Documents

Short brochure (FR)

Detailed brochure

UNEP Plans for Cities and Buildings

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