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Plenary Session on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Meeting the global challenges related to climate change and resource use requires action at all levels, including national governments, local authorities, private sector and civil society.  Globally, the building sector contributes more than one third of the energy consumption, nearly 25% of greenhouse gases emissions and up to 40% of resource consumption. At a time when rapid urbanisation and development in many parts of the world is increasing demand for resources and energy, the building sector plays a critical role in assuring that what is built, now and in the future, meets both the needs of the communities while contributing to address climate change and achieve broader sustainable development objectives.  
 
Led by UN Environment, the Plenary Session on Climate Change and Sustainable Development will take place on 6 June (Day 2 morning) at WSBE17 Hong Kong. Through presentations and interactive panel discussion, influential leaders of several international organisations will discuss:

  • Why the building sector is critical to mitigate climate change and achieve sustainable development

  • The potential of the building sector to contribute to the less than 2-degree scenario as outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • The pathways and that countries and other stakeholders, including local authorities and the private sector, can adopt to realise climate objectives

  • How actions that organisations could take in the building sector contribute to achieving the targets in the SDGs

This session will feature key perspectives, including from Ms Christiana FIGUERES, Vice-chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, and former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as other organisations representing the public and private sector and the international community.  Through presentations and a moderated panel discussion, this session will provide an overview of environmental impact and highlight the potential of the building sector, focusing on solutions and necessary actions to achieve the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Session Chair

     
Mr Curt GARRIGAN
 
   

Mr Curt GARRIGAN

Cities and Buildings Programme Manager, UN Environment- Economy Division

Curt GARRIGAN is currently the Cities and Buildings Programme Manager for UN Environment based in Paris, France.  He led efforts to plan the first ‘Buildings Day’ at COP21, and to launch the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which has mobilized 24 countries and more than 70 organisations to scale up building sector climate actions.  He has also coordinated UN Environment’s efforts to assist countries in developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for the sector.  Prior to joining UN Environment, Mr GARRIGAN served more than 20 years in a number of operational and management roles for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Tennessee including serving as Deputy Mayor. 

Speakers

Mr WONG Kam-sing, GBS, JP
Mr Gregor HERDA
Ms Christiana FIGUERES
Mr John DULAC

Mr WONG Kam-sing, GBS, JP

Secretary for the Environment, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Mr WONG Kam-sing was born in 1963 and is an architect by profession. He has been promoting green building and building energy efficiency over the past years. He had served as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Chairman of the Professional Green Building Council. He has contributed to the development of local green building standards and taken part in a number of green building projects.

Before joining the Government, he has contributed to the work of a number of Government advisory bodies. In particular, he had active involvement in the public engagement processes of the Council for Sustainable Development. He was the convener of the Support Group on Combating Climate Change: Energy Saving and Carbon Emission Reduction in Buildings. He was also a member of the Support Group on Building Design to Foster a Quality and Sustainable Built Environment.

Mr WONG graduated from the Department of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong. He received further education on green building from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He has been appointed as the Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government and assumed the post on 1 July 2012.

Mr Gregor HERDA

Regional Housing Advisor, United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)

Gregor HERDA is an urban planner who has been coordinating the sustainable housing portfolio of UN-Habitat since 2014, including the activities of the Global Network for Sustainable Housing. His research interests include the socio-economic and financial sustainability of social housing programmes, integrated life-cycle energy analysis of housing developments as well as the application of building sustainability assessment and benchmarking tools in the Global South. He is currently based in New Delhi as a Regional Housing Advisor for India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Ms Christiana FIGUERES

Vice-Chair, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Christiana FIGUERES is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016.

Ms FIGUERES is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Mission2020 Convenor. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Ms FIGUERES brought together national and subnational governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the UN. For this achievement Ms FIGUERES has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy. In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over the past 20 years, she served as Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA), which she directed for eight years.

Mr John DULAC

Energy Technology Policy Building Sector Lead, International Energy Agency

John is the Energy Technology Policy Building Sector Lead at the International Energy Agency. He leads the energy technology and policy analysis in the buildings sector, contributing to IEA efforts to better understand the implications for a low-carbon economy. He also leads the IEA’s Collaborative on Combined Heat and Power and efficient District Heating and Cooling (CHP/DHC). John is also the desk officer for the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs)on Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES), Heat Pump Technologies (HPT), District Heating and Cooling including Combined Heat and Power (DHC) and Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E).

John previously worked as a research associate at the Asian Development Bank. He received a BSc in Environmental Engineering and BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and MSc in Urban Planning and Master of International Affairs at Columbia University.

 
Mr Nils LARSSON
Mr Pekka HUOVILA
Ms Christine LOH
 

Mr Nils LARSSON

Executive Director, International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment

Nils LARSSON is an architect specializing in research on the performance of the built environment and its impact on climate change. During the 1990's he developed a well-known building performance assessment system to support integrated design.  He represents five international partner organizations in managing an international series of regional and global conferences on sustainable built environment, which has been underway since 2000. He is currently leading the development of an international survey that will identify effective GHG mitigation measures within the built environment and is also actively assisting the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GBAC, formed at COP21) in the organizational start-up phase and carrying out GBAC's information mission.

Mr Pekka HUOVILA

Coordinator, The 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction

Mr Pekka HUOVILA has 35 years of experience in sustainable built environment research and practice. He coordinates the UN 10YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme for the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, supporting and mainstreaming sustainable building solutions globally. He has acted at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as Principal Scientist and Key Account Manager for EcoCities in developing countries and emerging economies with practical experience from Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has also served over 10 years as a Visiting Professor in University of Salford, UK. Pekka was the principal organizer of the SB11 Helsinki World Conference.

Ms Christine LOH

Under Secretary for the Environment, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Ms Christine LOH was the Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit public policy think tank Civic Exchange prior to joining the HKSAR Government in September 2012.  Prior to founding Civic Exchange in 2000, Ms LOH had spent nearly a decade as a politician and member of the Legislative Council (1992-97 and 1998-2000).       

Before joining the Legislative Council, Ms LOH held senior regional positions in commodities trading, as well as in project negotiation. Having been very active in public affairs since 1980, she had founded or served on boards of a wide range of non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong and overseas concerning a variety of issues including environmental protection, urban planning and design, and equal opportunity. Ms LOH is a lawyer by training.



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