AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION
GLOBAL BUILDING STOCK
Equivalent to adding an entire New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next 40 years.
Buildings are near half the carbon problem driving climate change and representing nothing less than an existential threat to humanity.
Buildings have evolved, from consumers of energy traditionally, to conservators of energy over the last couple of decades, to contributors of energy today that will generate all required energy from within their building lot.
This shift is a reflection of the multiple aspects of the relationship between our built environment and our climate: it is about delivering low-cost, on-site electricity while transitioning away from fossil fuel generation, protecting the world’s climate through efficient building design and construction practices, and ensuring the resilience of the building sector against climate impacts.
OF GLOBAL ENERGY
MARKET + REGULATION DRIVING TO
NET ZERO BY
700 CITIES IN 53 COUNTRIES
“Climate change is a crisis that extends beyond municipal boundaries or national borders - and it can only be solved by the collective power of a global coalition.
Race to Zero is already galvanizing cities around the world to raise their climate ambition, make new commitments to protect our planet, and lay the foundation for a more just, sustainable, and resilient future."
C40 Chair and Los Angeles Mayor