COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

How can we build Nothing?


SUSTAINORDIC will be facilitating a debate in the Nordic Pavillon at the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The debate will focus on how to break the barriers towards sustainable and climate-friendly buildings for the future.

A level of Urgency

One of the big global GHG emitters is the construction sector. Our built environment is responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions. If we are serious about a global transition to net-zero, the industry needs to radically reduce the amount of carbon emitted from new construction, infrastructure and buildings while at the same time being at the forefront of an increased need for homes. On this account, the sector is expected to grow 42% by 2030. This puts an extra level of urgency on the need to transition the way we imagine, plan, construct and use buildings.

And we have to start now! The good news is that we know many of the solutions already, and if we get started, something can be done about it.

Nordic experiences as basis for the debate

Based on experiences and failures from the Nordic countries, we will discuss how we as a global community can start the global movement of transforming words, knowledge and technical solutions into action based on the specific local conditions we are operating within. We will discuss the barriers that prevent us from transitioning to sustainable and circular practices in architecture and construction and we will identify opportunities for catalysing the necessary change.

The event invites architects, urban designers, decision makers, influencers and game changers to discuss perspectives, barriers and levers that can spark cultural change and drive the necessary shift towards sustainable and circular construction that will form the carbon-neutral society of the future.

Will you be in Sharm EL -Sheikh? Please join!

With this year's COP taking place in the Sinai desert, SUSATINORDIC has committed to avoid unnecessary travel and therefore, they will use the expertise and inspiration present on site.

In the panel:

Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, Climate-KIC

Audrey Nugent, Director of Global Advocacy, World Green Building Council

Kurt Emil Eriksen, Senior Political Advisor, VELUX

The event is organised by SUSTAINORDIC – Sustainable Construction Materials and Architecture

Date, time and location

Date: November 12, 2022

Location: Nordic Pavilion at Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention CenterEl-SalamSouth Sinai GovernorateEgypt

Online: Live broadcasts from COP27 | Nordisk Samarbejde (