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Time running out to meet climate goals: UN

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UNB, Dhaka :
The clock is ticking on efforts to reform the buildings and construction sector's energy performance and keep the Paris Agreement on track, a new UN-backed research has revealed.
The Global Status Report 2017, from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction - first launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and France at the 21st Climate Change Conference - finds that the sector continues to grow, with the energy intensity per square metre of buildings needing to improve 30 per cent by 2030.
"Over the next 40 years, the world is expected to build 230 billion square metres in new construction - adding the equivalent of Paris to the planet every single week," said Executive Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fatih Birol at a side event of the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday.
"This rapid growth is not without consequences," he warned.
In 2016, an estimated 235 billion square metres (m2) of total floor area was reached. Over the next 40 years, an additional 230 billion m2 buildings will be constructed - the equivalent of adding the floor area of Japan to the planet every year to 2060.

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