Implementing a place-based approach to decarbonise buildings is key to developing sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities and regions
What's the issue?
A net-zero carbon future cannot happen without decarbonising buildings, since buildings and the construction sector account for nearly 40% of energy-related global CO2 emissions. The OECD project “Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions” aims to identify best practices and challenges for both national and subnational governments in driving the decarbonisation of buildings. The project has started in 2021 with a multi-level governance framework to guide building policies, including energy efficient retrofits, installing high performance equipment and promoting renewable energy. Besides saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions, decarbonising buildings also brings multiple benefits such as reducing energy bills, improving health and creating green jobs. Using the framework as a foundation, the project provides more specific place-based analysis taking into account regional differences. The project can provide analysis of current bottlenecks in scaling up decarbonising measures and propose recommendations for both national and subnational policy makers.
Synthesis report: Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions (2022)
Case study report
Decarbonising homes in cities in the Netherlands: a neighbourhood approach
What can the OECD offer?
The OECD Programme Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions supports local, regional and national governments to design urban policies that enhance the implementation of decarbonisation measures in the built environment through:
2022 Policy Seminar
28 November 2022
Seminar - Unleashing the Potential of Public Policies for Building Decarbonisation
9-10 December 2021
Webinar - Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions
14 December 2020
Decarbonizing heat in the European buildings sector: options, progress and challenges, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies