World Green Building Council calls on companies to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building stocks
As part of their newly announced, Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has called on the built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions for building portfolios by 2030, a recent news report has been able to suggest.
Firms are encouraged to promote the aims across the supply chain by incentivising energy demand reductions and the uptake of renewable energy solutions.
In order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the building and construction industry, which accounts for around one-third of global emissions, will need to play a crucial role in keeping the global temperature at sustainable levels. Energy consumption levels in the sector are set to be exacerbated in the next 35 years, with the global building stock expected to double to 415 billion square metres.
The WorldGBC believes that the building sector must operate at net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and launched its Advancing Towards Zero campaign in 2016 to drive the transition globally.
“This new Commitment is a huge step forward on the path towards net zero. Our vision is ambitious, but we know that the building industry has the knowledge, the technologies and the capability to deliver,” the WorldGBC’s chief executive Terri Wills said.
“The Commitment will help to create unprecedented demand for green design and construction, stimulating the market to deliver net zero carbon buildings at scale.”
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