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COP28 Media Alert: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Urban Futures

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The Multilevel Action, Urbanisation and Built Environment, Transport day, will highlight solutions to transition to low carbon and resilient built environments and infrastructure, sustainable and circular waste systems, and sustainable mobility and freight. 

As part of Monash University’s Blue Zone pavilion at COP28, a number of Monash University academics,  industry experts and local leaders will host a series of events that focus on the necessary action needed in urban areas, where population growth, economic activity and greenhouse gas emissions converge.

Wednesday 6 December, 9.30 - 10.30am (Gulf ST)
How to decarbonize built environments at speed and scale

This event will showcase how Indonesia and India are working from the bottom up and top down to decarbonise their built environments.


  • Peter Graham - Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) and Associate Professor, Monash University
  • Ery Wijaya - Country Manager Indonesia, Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN)
  • Eka Permanasari - Associate Professor, Monash University, Indonesia
  • Daizong Lui, Director - East Asia, Institute for Transport and Development Policy
  • Bishal Thapa - Senior Director – Collaborative Labelling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), India

The following can be attributed to Associate Professor Graham:

“Decarbonising built environments demands swift and widespread action. Countries like Indonesia and India are leading the charge, employing a dual approach—building from the ground up and implementing top-down strategies—to swiftly drive decarbonisation. Their concerted efforts exemplify the urgency and multi-level commitment required to achieve this critical goal on a global scale.”

Wednesday 6 December, 10.45 - 11.45am (Gulf ST)
How to engage Health, Resilience and the Right to Sustainable Housing as a powerful policy driver to decarbonize the Building Sector

This event will explore the key narratives that are accelerating built-environment decarbonisation and resilience by strengthening awareness of buildings’ impact on people and planet


  • Mili Mujumdar - Board member Global Buildings Performance Network and Vice-President, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Angie Bone - Monash MSDI Associate Professor of Practice in Planetary Health
  • Hitesh Vaidya - Former Director, National Institute for Urban Affairs India
  • Tony Wong - Professor, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

The following can be attributed to Professor Wong:

“Amidst the surge towards urbanisation, we can expect a corresponding increase in Informal settlements. The responsibility falls upon city planners and governments to "leave no one behind" in sculpting sustainable, resilient and liveable cities."

Follow Monash University’s COP28 journey and join the global conversation on climate change. 

About Monash University’s presence at COP28

Monash is deeply committed to urgent, collective action on climate change. 
Our focus will be on sharing expertise, influencing policymakers and convening change makers in our shared pursuit of a more sustainable, just world for all.

The Monash University delegation will join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference, COP28 in Dubai, UAE, from 30 November to 12 December 2023.


A range of Monash University experts will be available to discuss climate related issues at COP28. Read more from them in our climate change special on Monash Lens.

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