The construction and operation of buildings generate 38% of global greenhouse gas emissions. While numerous technologies exist to help decarbonize the sector, there is an urgent need to accelerate investment to implement these solutions at scale in cities around the world.
This briefing paper introduces the Building Value Framework, which aims to shift how the value of investments green buildings are perceived. The framework proposes a more holistic decision-making approach, recognizing the importance of social and environmental outcomes, as well as system performance. It incorporates a detailed description of both financial and non-financial value outcomes, as well as an operational checklist to support asset owners and investors in making future-proof investments to decarbonize buildings.
We welcome stakeholders to join us on this journey.
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To learn more about the Building Value Framework, please visit the webpage here.
A massive global infrastructure investment of $66 trillion is needed in emerging economies before 2030. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) offers a new development paradigm by investing in green infrastructure, which is necessary to avoid the irreversible carbon lock-in effect on global climate change. This insight report highlights the low-carbon technologies, green finance developments and enabling environments as well as the broader stakeholder ecosystem needed for green development of the BRI. These are illustrated by engaging case studies based on interviews with Green Investment Principles signatories, multilateral development banks and selected organizations that are harnessing cutting-edge business models to achieve decarbonization and the SDGs. The report is a call for knowledge development and further multistakeholder collaboration to build a sustainable future.
Cities are the engine of the global economy - contributing 80% of the world’s GDP – but their exponential growth in recent decades has come at the expense of nature. The built environment has grown by two-thirds in the first 12 years of the 21st century, leading to the degradation of local ecosystems and the loss of habitats. Urban areas are also responsible for over 75% of global carbon emissions, accelerating climate change which drives further nature loss.
Urban leaders around the world have the power and responsibility to transform cities and lead the way in tackling the interconnected biodiversity and climate crises.
This report provides a vision for cities of the future and the needed systemic shifts to develop BiodiverCities that place nature at the heart of decision-making and infrastructure investments. The report also sets out how public and private urban leaders can utilise nature to both reduce the impact of their cities on biodiversity, increase their climate resilience, and secure significant economic benefits.
The November Chief Economists Outlook is published as COVID-19 is resurging in some parts of the world, the global economy still finds itself in major disequilibrium and the costs of fighting climate change are starting to come into view.
This edition of the Outlook explores evolving economic fragilities, assesses disruptions and potential trend reversals for prices, wages and global integration and considers possible policy responses. It draws on the collective views and individual perspectives of a group of leading Chief Economists, through the Forum’s Chief Economists Survey and consultations with the Chief Economists Community.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most important technologies for business, the economy and society and a driving force behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution. C-suite executives need to understand its possibilities and risks. This requires a multifaceted approach and holistic grasp of AI, spanning technical, organizational, regulatory, societal and also philosophical aspects. This toolkit provides a one-stop place for corporate executives to identify and understand the multiple and complex issues that AI raises for their business and society. It provides a practical set of tools to help them comprehend AI’s impact on their roles, ask the right questions, identify the key trade-offs and make informed decisions on AI strategy, projects and implementations.
The first Global Cybersecurity Outlook flagship report identifies the trends and analyzes the near-term future cybersecurity challenges. The accelerated shift to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with recent high-profile cyberattacks have resulted in bringing cybersecurity top of mind among key decision-makers in organizations and nations.
Much still needs to be done to arrive at a shared understanding of how to strengthen cyber resilience. The aim of this report is to provide an in-depth analysis of the challenges that security leaders are dealing with, the approaches they are taking to stay ahead of cybercriminals and the measures they are implementing to enhance cyber resilience not only within their organizations but also within the wider ecosystem.
China has an opportunity to achieve its economic and social ambitions and the vision of ecological civilization, while creating millions of sustainable jobs by 2030 if it transforms three systems at the heart of its economy, according to the latest report in the World Economic Forum’s New Nature Economy Report series.
The new analysis finds that two thirds (65%) of China’s total GDP is at risk of disruption from nature loss.
By urgently making 15 nature-positive transitions across three socio-economic systems, China could add $1.9 trillion in annual business opportunities and create 88 million resilient jobs by 2030. For each of the transitions required, the report sets out recommendations for business- and government-driven action and highlights progress to date and case studies.
This report is also available in Chinese here.
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