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ASHRAE Global Decarbonization Efforts at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP)

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Since 1995, countries from around the world belonging to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have convened annually to discuss and measure progress on combatting climate change at The Conference of the Parties (COP).  ASHRAE has taken part in COP since 2021 sharing information on the solutions, standards, and opportunities ASHRAE provides to address decarbonization of the global built environment.

COP 28
Expo City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | November 30-December 12, 2023

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COP 27
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt | November 6–18, 2022

  Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Planning, Design and Development in the Global South: The ‘How To’ for People + Planet

This side event, organized by Architecture 2030, ASHRAE, and the International Network of Women Engineers + Scientists (INWES), set out design and construction guidelines, with regional examples, for equitable and resilient development to meet GHG emissions reduction targets. 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob and 2022-23 ASHRAE Treasurer were among the multidisciplinary group of leading industry practitioners who spoke at this event.

Left to Right: Imen Makhlouf, Engineer, INWES; Noella Nibakuze, Design Director, MASS Design; Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Chair, IFLA Climate Change; Dennis Knight, 2023-23 ASHRAE Treasurer; Lisa Richmond, Senior Fellow, Architecture 2030; Farooq Mehboob, 2023-23 ASHRAE President; Aamena Desai, Senior Urban Designer, Arup. Photo courtesy of Architecture 2030.

Building Industry Steps Up to Address Climate Change

Leading up to COP27, ASHRAE, along with 24 of the world’s leading building industry organizations issued a statement to government representatives pledging to assume a leadership role in decarbonization efforts in the built environment. Watch as 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, reads from the statement. Learn more.

Translations of the Written Statement:
French | German | Portuguese | Spanish | Swedish

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COP 26
Glasgow, Scotland​ | October 31–November 12, 2021

  Wednesday, November 10, 2021

65% by 2030 / ZERO by 2040: Top 200 Global Firms and Organizations Lead With 1.5°C Climate Actions

This side event, organized by Architecture 2030 and ASHRAE , highlighted ways in which signatories of the 1.5°C COP26 Communiqué are responding to the urgency of the climate crisis and specific actions to decarbonize the built world and meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C carbon budget. The importance of the building community’s participation in addressing the climate crisis was emphasized.

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