By 2050, Africa will be home to 1.1 billion more people that it is today. That’s nearly 75% of the worlds projected population growth of 1.5 billion more people. This means a huge demand for buildings – with 80 percent of those that will exist in 2050, yet to be built.
But this also means that we have the opportunity to build sustainably right from today. Green Building Councils (GBCs) in our Africa Regional Network are responding to these challenges and opportunities on the ground. They are focusing on the implementation of the priority areas detailed in the Africa Manifesto for Sustainable Cities and the Built Environment. Developed by a coalition of GBCs with regional collaboration from the African Union, the Manifesto articulates the policies African business leaders, national and sub-national governments must support to deliver ‘The Africa We Want’.
GBCs from our Africa Regional Network are accelerating climate action towards net zero carbon, healthy, resilient and equitable built environments in urban, peri-urban and rural areas across Africa.
Collectively they are – supporting the development of strong regulatory and voluntary frameworks; advocating for stronger Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); training green building workers including the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); and directing much-needed foreign, regional and national investment into sustainable buildings.