2 November, 2016

Constructing the future: will the building sector use its decarbonisation tools


Climate Action Tracker

Nearly one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the building sector. Under current policies, energy consumption in buildings is set to rise by 1% per year. This continuing growth in building sector emissions contrasts with the maturity of the technological solutions available to reduce emissions.

Decarbonisation of the building sector plays a key role in achieving the Paris Agreement long-term temperature goal. Getting this sector onto a pathway consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires urgent and highly ambitious action.

This Climate Action Tracker briefing, second in its decarbonisation series, looks at how emissions from the building sector can be reduced to be in line with the Paris Agreement’s warming limit.