Foreman Roberts at COP28 – Day 3

07 December 2023


Nine big initiatives and breakthroughs to bring to you today from our third full day at COP28 in Dubai, all aimed at hastening the net-zero transition and enhancing climate resilience in urban areas.

The initiatives cover various sectors, notably buildings, waste and resource management, urban water resilience, and urban nature restoration.

Key outcomes from the meetings on December 6th include:

The Buildings Breakthrough

Spearheaded by France and Morocco, this initiative aims to standardise ‘near-zero and resilient buildings’ by 2030. This effort addresses the building sector’s substantial contribution to global energy-related CO2 emissions, material consumption, and waste production.

The Cement Breakthrough

Initiated by Canada and the UAE, this endeavour focuses on promoting clean cement as the global standard, aiming for near-zero emission cement production worldwide by 2030.

The Waste to Zero initiative

This coalition, comprising various government levels, NGOs, and the private sector, is dedicated to decarbonising waste management and transforming waste into resources.

The Waste MAP

This ground-breaking platform employs satellite monitoring to track and measure methane emissions from waste. It is a collaborative effort by several global organisations and will initially be operational in 20 major cities.

15-Minute City Initiatives

C40, a network of global city mayors, is intensifying efforts to implement the 15-minute City concept, emphasising liveable, walkable, and people-centred urban environments. Collaborations with Urban Partners and Novo Nordisk aim to support pilot projects and measure the impact of these initiatives on emissions reduction and public health.

The Generation Restoration Project

This project supports pilot projects in eight cities worldwide to catalyse urban ecosystem restoration and emissions mitigation, guided by the Paris Agreement and the Global Biodiversity Framework.

Commitments to Fossil Fuel-Free Land Transport

A landmark transport-energy ministerial session at COP28 focused on decarbonising the transport sector, with a collective goal to significantly increase energy-efficient and fossil-free land transport by 2030.

Nature-Positive Infrastructure Development

In collaboration with WWF and FIDIC, this playbook provides guidance on integrating nature-based solutions in infrastructure projects, highlighting the construction sector’s role in ecosystem conservation and restoration.

Forest & Climate Leaders’ Partnership Initiatives

These initiatives aim to transform the building sector through intergovernmental and multi-level collaboration, offering frameworks for rapid sectoral transformation toward greater mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Over 40 global ministers convened to develop these significant initiatives, which not only present opportunities for sustainable urban development but also underscore the importance of integrating environmental considerations into all aspects of infrastructure and city planning.

Stay tuned as Foreman Roberts brings you all of the latest information from COP28 as these declarations are announced.