OECD work on Cities

Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions


Implementing a place-based approach to decarbonise buildings is key to developing sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities and regions


What's the issue?

A net-zero carbon future cannot happen without decarbonising buildings, since buildings and the construction sector account for nearly 40% of energy-related global CO2 emissions. The OECD project “Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions” aims to identify best practices and challenges for both national and subnational governments in driving the decarbonisation of buildings. The project has started in 2021 with a multi-level governance framework to guide building policies, including energy efficient retrofits, installing high performance equipment and promoting renewable energy. Besides saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions, decarbonising buildings also brings multiple benefits such as reducing energy bills, improving health and creating green jobs. Using the framework as a foundation, the project provides more specific place-based analysis taking into account regional differences. The project can provide analysis of current bottlenecks in scaling up decarbonising measures and propose recommendations for both national and subnational policy makers.



Synthesis report: Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions (2022)

Case study report

Decarbonising homes in cities in the Netherlands: a neighbourhood approach



What can the OECD offer?

The OECD Programme Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions supports local, regional and national governments to design urban policies that enhance the implementation of decarbonisation measures in the built environment through:

    • Data and analysis: collecting quantitative and qualitative data in cities on decarbonising buildings (energy efficiency, embodied carbon), building digitalisation (BIM, smart buildings) and related policy environments in order to conducts in-depth analysis;

    • Self-assessment: developing self-assessment tools to help policy makers to design appropriate policies and identifying opportunities and barriers in implementation;

    • Country-specific and city-specific case studies: providing peer-learning opportunities and targeted policy recommendations to support local and national efforts to develop place-based building decarbonisation policies.






 Seminar on “Sustainable Buildings and Cities"


bangkok BEE

  • Date: January 18 (Thursday), 2024
  • Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Format : Hybrid
  • Time
    • ON-SITE 10:00 – 17:00 (BANGKOK)
    • ONLINE 07:00 – 11:00 (CET, PARIS)







BEE for web

2023 Policy Seminar

12-13 Ocober 2023





2022  Policy Seminar

28 November 2022



Seminar - Unleashing the Potential of Public Policies for Building Decarbonisation

9-10 December 2021



Webinar - Decarbonising Buildings in Cities and Regions

14 December 2020


Speaker Presentations

Webinar Summary

Watch the recording


Related information

Decarbonizing heat in the European buildings sector: options, progress and challenges, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies


The role of cities and local specificities in the decarbonization of heat in the European buildings sector, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies


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