Deep Dive Discussions

Deep Dive Discussions 3.3 on Smart Cities

Low Carbon, Climate Smart and Green Buildings

Day 2 – Wednesday, 16 October 2019
15:30 - 17:00
Ballroom 3
Mr. Curt Garrigan
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Chief, Sustainable Urban Development Section
Nora Steurer
Ms. Serina Hijjas
Malaysia Green Building Council
Vice President
Prof. Deo Prasad AO
CRC for Low Carbon Living LTD
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Junichi Fujino
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Programme Director
Mr. Tan Szue Hann
Sustainability, Singapore Institute of Architects
Mr. Baylong Tham Wai Leong
Penang Green Council
Ms. Puja Sawhney
SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility
SCP Expert for South Asia
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Ms. Nora Steurer, Programme Management Officer, GlobalABC/UNEP

Mr. Kyungkoo Philip Kang, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP


The buildings and construction sector globally is responsible for about 40 per cent of energy- and process related emissions and 36 per cent of final energy demand. Cities are hubs of economic activity producing 80 per cent of Asia-Pacific’s GDP, while also responsible for about 75 per cent of resource consumption. Half of the buildings standing in 2060 are not yet built with urban centres growing particularly rapidly in the Asian region. We have a narrow window of opportunity to get it right and construct climate proof buildings that promote well-being, reduce heat-island effect and increase cities’ resilience. Solutions are particularly urgent for the fast-growing emerging Asian megacities. Especially by targeting urban centres and buildings we can address climate change challenges while also tackling social issues including affordable housing, accessibility and urban poverty.

Buildings constructed today are likely to dictate city and town development and consumption patterns for decades to come. Today’s built environment is a complex mix of structures, systems and technology.  A logical starting point to developing sustainable cities is by developing buildings that are resilient, energy efficiency, environmentally sound, economically productive and socially inclusive.

Several best practices at building operation level exist to improve their efficiency and  today’s technologies can enable data collection to track  building performance and maintenance over time. Such technologies can be transformative making our buildings into tools for sustainable, efficient, healthy, and prosperous living.

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