OECD work on Cities

Building decarbonisation in cities and regions


Implementing a place-based approach to decarbonise buildings is key to developing sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities and regions.  

  • What's the issue?

A net-zero carbon future cannot happen without decarbonising buildings, since buildings and the construction sector account for nearly 40% of energy-related global CO2 emissions. The OECD project “Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions” aims to identify best practices and challenges for both national and subnational governments in driving the decarbonisation of buildings. The project has started in 2021 with a multi-level governance framework to guide building policies, including energy efficient retrofits, installing high performance equipment and promoting renewable energy. Besides saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions, decarbonising buildings also brings multiple benefits such as reducing energy bills, improving health and creating green jobs. Using the framework as a foundation, the project provides more specific place-based analysis taking into account regional differences. The project can provide analysis of current bottlenecks in scaling up decarbonising measures and propose recommendations for both national and subnational policy makers.


  • What can the OECD offer?

The OECD Programme Decarbonising Buildings in cities and regions supports countries, regions and cities to enhance their implementation of energy efficiency measures in buildings, through

    • Data and analysis: collecting key data in cities on buildings, energy efficiency and related policy environments in order to conduct in-depth analysis;

    • Self-assessment: developing self-assessment tools to help policymakers design appropriate policies and identifying opportunities and barriers to implementation;

    • Case studies: providing peer-learning opportunities and targeted policy recommendations to support local and national efforts to develop place-based building energy efficiency policies.





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2022 Policy Seminar

28 November 2022


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Launch Event - Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions

28 March 2022



Seminar - Unleashing the Potential of Public Policies for Building Decarbonisation

9-10 December 2021



Webinar - Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions

14 December 2020


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