The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a programme of work that aims to bring construction and property businesses together to lead the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.
The news comes a week after the IPCC report on the dramatic consequences of global warming beyond 1.5ºC made headlines. The report set out the urgent need for all sectors of the global economy to decarbonise at speed and scale.
The UK programme forms part of a global campaign led by the World Green Building Council to create a built environment that is in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement. It will align closely with UKGBC’s advocacy activity with central and local governments and seek to foster international collaboration on achieving net zero carbon.
A number of UKGBC’s members are already signing the WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Commitment, which launched at the Global Climate Action Summit last month.
UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme is launching with an industry task group that will develop a definition for net zero carbon buildings in the UK market. It aims to bring together businesses, policymakers and industry bodies to build a consensus on a way forward for new building standards.
Interested parties are encouraged to sign up to receive updates on the programme including details of upcoming events and workshops. UKGBC is also recruiting for a dedicated projects manager to work on the programme, as well as a project co-ordinator.
Richard Twinn, senior policy advisor at UKGBC said, “Those involved in the programme and the associated commitment will be leading the way in decarbonising our buildings and infrastructure.
We invite organisations working across the built environment to collaborate on this initiative. Only by working together can we achieve the scale and speed of change needed to achieve the Paris Agreement and meet a 1.5ºC target.”
UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme is possible due to the support of Redevco Foundation, and BAM, Berkeley Group and Hoare Lea.