climate change

Plan B for Rapid GHG reductions and urban resilience

A new document developed by a group of about a dozen iiSBE members outlines the views of iiSBE (the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment) on the likely impacts of climate change and the range of reactions that may be expected. The document suggests that it may require some extreme climate-related events taking place in major cities of the developed world to cause governments to take resolute action. In such a case, there is a danger that the immediate needs of adaptation, repair and reconstruction may cause vital mitigation activities to be deferred.

The iiSBE position paper provides a series of 21 suggested actions that could be launched immediately, or at least would be ready for implementation when circumstance allow. The proposed actions are all aimed at rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but also include some longer-term mitigation actions. They are all generic, which means that application to any specific location would require adaptation and fine-tuning of the strategy.

This is a working paper and we welcome comments and suggestions.

Nils Larsson

SBE partners launch international survey on effective climate change measures

CIB, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC have decided to develop and implement a large-scale international survey on effective climate change mitigation measures in 2016. The content will benefit from the experience of the small pilot survey carried out by iiSBE in late 2015.

The survey will be web-based and may be multi-lingual. In any case, we are aiming for a large number of respondents that will allow considerably more sophisticated analysis than in the pilot survey, such as relating the measures seen as being effective to the location of the respondent and his/her profession. Our goal is to have the results of V2 of the survey made available at the World SBE17 in Hong Kong in June 2017.

The project will be led by Nils Larsson of iiSBE and Dr. Ruben Paul Borg at the University of Malta will be leading the process of analyzing the data. An international panel of advisors will help to guide the content of the survey and the four partner organizations will form a management group.

Excellent primer on climate change

We have recently come across a high-quality and primer on climate change, published by the SBC Energy Institute in Gravenhage, the Netherlands. The FactBook is dated October 2015, so it is quite up to date, and it covers all major issues related to climate change within its 75 pages. Go to or download the file here.

Happy New Year from iiSBE staff.