Invest in the built environment as a leading strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Financial resources are key to overcoming the upfront costs that prohibit the construction of new green buildings and the retrofit of existing buildings. Financing for clean energy technology and adaptation should support building efficiency projects and sustainable, disaster-resilient infrastructure in developing countries. To capture the full emission reduction potential of buildings, all available avenues of funding should be used. This includes the commitments under the Copenhagen Accord for new and additional finance as well as other major other funding streams such as:

  • loans
  • investment in the form of carbon offsets,
  • official development assistance, and
  • new and innovative mechanisms.