Regional roadmap for a low-carbon and resilient buildings and construction sector


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Policy approach(es) used to catalyse investment: 1) Development of a national, regional, or sectoral InfraTech strategy, 2) a change in procurement policy, 3) a change in regulation, and 4) a government-sponsored innovation sandbox

Key benefits: 

  • Climate mitigation – enabling technologies for renewable energy, low carbon materials and sustainable appliances
  • Climate adaptation – enabling technologies for urban planning and resilience
  • Improved infrastructure delivery and performance – enabling technologies for existing and new buildings

Additional benefits

The roadmap was funded by the MoEI, but the further outcomes of the roadmap would be to help attract investments to the construction sector.

Scale of deployment 

22 Arab countries, addressing their buildings and construction sector

Project start/end dates: 

Project initiation date is September 2019. Completion date is May 2022

Current status of the project: 

Development of the roadmap is completed. It will be launched publicly at COP27 and subsequently actioned by each Arab country.

Arab Roadmap Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector

This roadmap aims to attract investment towards decarbonising the construction sector, with a view to achieve Paris Agreement goals by 2050.  The Arab Roadmap acts as a blueprint for the Arab countries, supporting the initiation of each country’s national roadmap by addressing countries’ diverse conditions, including climatic, economic, demographic, energy emissions, and urbanisation patterns. Furthermore, the roadmap takes into consideration the diversity of the building sector in each country and accordingly provides three sub-roadmaps distinguishing between decarbonisation transition needs of various Arab countries.

The Roadmap covers eight activities within the construction sector:

  • Activity 1: Urban planning. This activity covers land use, zoning, and other planning associated with how buildings, transport, and energy systems interact.
  • Activity 2: New buildings. This activity covers all aspects of new buildings, including the design process, design strategies, codes, and labels.
  • Activity 3: Existing buildings. This activity covers all aspects of the improvements of existing buildings.
  • Activity 4: Building operations. This activity covers all aspects of building operations and management.
  • Activity 5: Appliances and systems. This activity covers lighting, appliance, and equipment systems that are used in new and existing buildings.
  • Activity 6: Materials. This activity covers envelope, structural, and product materials used in buildings.
  • Activity 7: Resilience. This activity covers all aspects of building resilience that enables increased capacity to adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing climates and other natural disasters.
  • Activity 8: Clean energy. This activity covers the clean energy transition away from carbon-intensive fuels to renewable energy resources.

 The policy approaches adopted through the Arab Roadmap include:

  1. A change in procurement policy
    1. Promote green procurement activities – sustainable materials, low embodied carbon materials, recycled materials…
    2. Promote bulk procurement
    3. Capacity building on procurement models
  2. A change in regulation
    1. Appliances min performance regulations
    2. Reforming the planning and building regulation to Integrate considerations of embodied carbon
    3. Developing green procurement regulations
    4. Regulations to improve buildings resilience to climate change
    5. Revising renewable energy regulations
  3. Development of a national, regional, or sectoral InfraTech strategy 
    1. This drives the adoption of technologies for: Urban Planning, New Buildings, Existing Buildings, Sustainable Buildings’ Operations, Sustainable Appliances, Low Carbon Materials, Resilience, Clean Energy
  4. Availability of a government-sponsored innovation sandbox
    1. Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) is developing an R&D virtual hub


Note: This case study and all information within was submitted to the GI Hub by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in response to our global call for InfraTech case studies. 

Last Updated: 21 October 2022