GBCN, IFC Edge to Host Future Cities Summit on Sustainable Building Strategies in Nigeria 

Bennett Oghifo

Green Building Council Nigeria (GBCN) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), through its EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program, are set to host the Future Cities Summit to address sustainable building practices to accelerate net zero and climate resiliency in urban development in Nigeria. The event will take place on July 19-20, 2023 at the Abuja Continental Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria and will bring together key stakeholders within the real estate and construction sector. The event, themed ‘Towards a Net Zero and Climate-Resilient Nigeria,’ aims to catalyze change in the built environment by exploring innovative strategies and policies to enhance green practices for buildings, while simultaneously fostering the creation of sustainable cities. The event aligns with the World Green Building Council’s Africa Manifesto for Sustainable Cities and the Built Environment which outlines a comprehensive roadmap to guide Africa’s transition to greater urban sustainability. The Future Cities Summit will serve as a crucial platform for about 1,000 built environment professionals and stakeholders, providing opportunities for thought leadership, industry networking, sustainability advocacy, and recognition of initiatives.

Attendees can expect engaging panel discussions, interactive sessions, and insightful presentations from renowned experts in the field, sharing their knowledge and experiences to drive positive change. Through the Future Cities Summit, GBCN and IFC’s EDGE will provide an avenue to empower attendees with the shared vision of policies and programs needed to create net zero and resilient Nigerian cities, showcase sustainable building practices and highlight the progress achieved in green buildings in Nigeria. To learn more about the Future Cities Summit and register for participation, please visit the official event website at About GBCN: Green Building Council Nigeria (GBCN) is a non-profit, industry-led initiative committed to promoting sustainable building practices in Nigeria. GBCN serves as a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and advocacy to drive the adoption of green building practices across the country. GBCN is a member of the World Green Building Council (World GBC) and, as such, is part of a network of over seventy-five (75) national green building councils from all over the world, fifteen of them located in Africa. More information on GBCN and what it does can be found at About IFC IFC — a member of the World Bank Group — is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit About IFC’s EDGE An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers to build and brand green in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. The program has been generously supported by the following partners: Austria, Canada, Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. For more information, visit Signed: Green Building Council Nigeria IFC EDGE

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