The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has issued new findings reporting that the number of organisations committed to net-zero buildings has doubled in one year.

Net Zero

A net zero energy building is one which relies on renewable energy sources to produce as much energy as it uses over the period of a year.

The WorldGBC – comprising a global network of building councils – together lead the transformation of buildings to make the building environment healthier and sustainable. The councils in 70 countries around the world work together to deliver the Paris agreement and The UN Global Goals for sustainable development.

Building and construction accounts for 39% of energy related global greenhouse gasemissions, 28% of this is made up ofoperational emissions (from energy used to heat, cool and light buildings). The remaining 11% derives from embodied carbon emissions found in the material and construction processes across a building’s entire lifecycle.

World Environment Day

By way of commemorating World Environment Day the WorldGBC confirmed they have 95 signatories – 61 of which are companies who have committed to having their buildings at net zero status within deadline – this move will eradicate more than 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

“Buildings are our planet’s largest consumers of energy,” WorldGBC’s chief executive Cristina Gamboa said. “Measures to reduce consumption and energy waste in buildings offer the fastest way to unlock carbon savings, but they are often overlooked and are not priority.

“As we overcome the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must focus on resilience. Net-zero building can benefit people, economies and the planet and must form a part of the bold and decisive action necessary to tackle the climate emergency.”

In a move to highlight the importance of the lessening the building environment businesses impact on the environment, the WorldGBC have partnered with the BBC to launch a multi channel campaign. The resulting film series will showcase ways in which built environment businesses are innovating approaches to design and construction.

The series is due to launch in autumn 2020

The companies who have committed to the WorldGBC Net Zero goals have agreed to meet the deadline by 2050. This deadline coincides with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) research outlining the necessity to limit global warming to 1.5C.

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