UNFCCC workshop on building and city methodologies in Bonn (Germany)

Progressing methods to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and cities

In order to advance the dialogue on the challenges, opportunities and methods for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for cities and buildings, the UNEP-SBCI Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative and the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) organizes working groups with key representatives of the construction sector. These meetings focus on: exchange of best practices; the development of a common language for the reduction of GHG emissions in the sector; the evolution of the relevant GHG emission reporting and monitoring methodologies for buildings, in particular the methods used in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for carbon finance.

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The third workshop on methodologies for the built environment will be held at the UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany, on 27-28 March 2014. The main topics for discussion will include the development of methodologies and a standardized approach to case studies on successful carbon finance projects and recommendations for improving the CDM in the buildings and cities sector.

ENERGIES 2050 is a key participant in these workshops and this year the association will present a handbook for local decision-makers on urban carbon mechanisms that has been produced for the UNEP-SBCI initiative. The objective of this manual is to raise awareness among local actors regarding carbon and climate finance and their potential to support the mitigation of GHG emissions in the built environment. It examines recent international climate negotiations, key challenges and opportunities for reducing GHG emissions from buildings and cities, the importance of measurement, reporting and verification, access to financing to reduce GHG emissions and their relevance to the built environment.

The workshop in Bonn will be an important testing ground for the manual, with comments and additions provided by the participants. Following the meeting, ENERGIES 2050 will finalize the Handbook for Publication and Dissemination in collaboration with UNEP-SBCI.

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