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The UNECE region is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for 34% of the world’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. The people of the region are increasingly feeling the impacts of climate change - from wildfires to flooding, heatwaves and drought.  

Through its norms, standards, conventions and policy assistance, UNECE provides practical tools to support countries in their climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, to leverage financing, and to strengthen collaboration. 

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UNECE and partners kick off major project on energy efficiency and carbon footprint of building industry in seven countries

UNECE and partners have started implementation of a multi-year project on “Improving the energy efficiency of the global building supply chain industry and its products to deliver high performance buildings” (full project budget EUR 19.8 million), funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) Germany. 

Supporting Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and emphasizing scalability and replication, the project will focus specifically on improving the effectiveness of the building sector supply chain to improve the complete lifecycle performance of buildings. The project will address the embodied energy and carbon of buildings and ensure that buildings’ operational components are designed and installed to operate optimally. A core element of the project will be to support the seven beneficiary countries to develop their relevant public and private sector capacities to ensure the long-term replication and upscaling of the project activities. 

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