At COP28, the Multilevel Action, Urbanisation and Built Environment Day took place
on Wednesday the 6th of December 2023 to discuss ways to increase climate action
and reach net zero.

At COP28, over 40 Ministers attended an event, that was set up to allow discussions to find solutions that will increase cities’ resilience to the negative effects of climate change, to increase the rate the world is transitioning to net zero, and to increase necessary climate action.

There were several outcomes to the Multilevel Action, Urbanisation and Built Environment Day, which was also the day for the theme of transport. These outcomes came after the announcement of the Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships for Climate Action, also known as CHAMP. The aim of CHAMP is to integrate and benefit cities when creating plans, policies, and strategies that concern climate action and commitments.

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The president of COP28, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber stated regarding the coalition:

“Meeting the aims of the Paris Agreement and keeping 1.5°C within reach depends
on the leadership and support of the world’s mayors and governors. That is why at
COP28 we have empowered leaders and communities by launching CHAMP and
working with organisations like UN-Habitat and Bloomberg Philanthropies to
recognise and support the important roles cities and their leaders can play in
addressing climate change.”

The main outcomes that have come from this coalition, at COP28, include:

1. A Playbook for Nature-Positive Infrastructure Development – This was established with the
partnership of the WWF, or the World Wildlife and the FIDIC, or the International Federation of Consulting Engineers. This playbook is to encourage those in the construction sector to conserve and restore natural ecosystems. The playbook contains nature based solutions to improve the sustainability of
infrastructure projects.

2. Buildings Breakthrough – This partnership is made up of the support from 27 countries worldwide.
The aim of this partnership is to increase the number of near net zero and climate resilient buildings
by 2030. It is important to note that currently 40% of the world’s carbon emissions are from the
building sector energy usage. The sector also produces one third of the world’s waste and extracts
around 50% of all material used.

3. Cement and Concrete Breakthrough – The aim of this partnership is to increase the use of
clean cement worldwide. They are planning to work towards making near zero cement production
available around the world by 2030.

4. Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP): Greening Construction with
Sustainable Wood Initiative
– This initiative has been put in place to offer a new framework
to both governments and stakeholders to increase the mitigation, adaptation, and
resilience efforts within the building sector.

5. Generation Restoration Project – This project, that will occur between 2023 and 2025, has
been established through the guidance from the Paris Agreement and the Global
Biodiversity Framework. The project currently takes place in eight cities around the world in order
to increase the rate ecosystem restoration is occurring in urban areas and to increase the
mitigation efforts for reducing emissions.

6. Land transport: Fossil fuel free – The first transport/energy ministerial was carried out at
COP28, by its President, the International Transport Forum, the International Energy Agency,
and the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. The main aim of this event was to find
solutions to decarbonising the transport sector. One of the aims is to double the use of land
transport that is energy efficient and fossil fuel free by 2030.

7. Waste MAP – This will be used to measure and track waste that is emitting methane.
This means that governments worldwide can identify areas of high methane emittance,
and quickly integrate mitigation efforts. The platform was established through Carbon Mapper,
the Clean Air Taskforce (CATF), the Global Methane Hub, the Google Foundation, the
Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)/GHGSat, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

8. Waste to Zero Initiative – This voluntary coalition is made up of government departments
and officials, not-for-profit organisations, and businesses and organisations in the private sector.
The aim of this coalition is to decrease waste, decarbonise the waste sector, and create resources
where possible from waste.

For further information and up to date news on COP28 and its themes, please see our COP28 Focus homepage where you can access all of our guides, news, and reports from the event.