Acknowledging, Embracing and Overcoming the Challenges Before Us

A Vision for Sustainable Construction: Acknowledging, Embracing and Overcoming the Challenges before us
Acknowledging, Embracing and Overcoming the Challenges Before Us

The Climate Challenge: 2023 has been officially recognized as the warmest year on record in the history of our planet, getting perilously close to the 1.5 Deg temperature rise target agreed in 2016 at the COP-21 in Paris. Extreme climate events spread across the globe in 2023, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres aptly summed up as “A mere preview of the catastrophic future that awaits, if we don’t act now”. While the world struggles to find a consensus on the path to transition from fossil fuels and set Globally acceptable mandates, as we witnessed recently at COP 28 in Dubai, our Green Planet is not giving us the time to debate on actions but forcing us to act. To meet a Global Net Zero 2050 target, the World needed to cut down the Global Emission intensity by~ 41% by 2030, taking 2019 as the base, and we are nowhere close to be on track as we stand in 2024.

The positives of COP 28 was the recognition on the urgent need to accelerate a just and equitable Energy Transition to cleaner alternatives. The agreement of Tripling Renewable Energy Capacity and Doubling the global average annual rate of energy efficiency improvements by 2030 are impressive targets that we absolutely need to achieve.