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WorldGBC Whole Life Carbon Vision

On World Environment Day, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announced that 96 signatories are now part of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, which aims to see 100 percent uptake of net zero carbon buildings by 2050, nearly doubling participation in the programme in the last year.

 The new companies and organisations are now committed to ensuring that all buildings they own, occupy and/or develop will operate at net zero carbon by 2030, or earlier. They include: Filipino developer Arthaland, Finnish retail developer Citycon, provider of zero carbon heating and solutions Excool Group, Finnish pension insurer Varma, retail centre developer Wereldhave, real estate investment firm FORE Partnership, residential developer Joseph Homes, investment firm Queensland Investment Corporation Global Real Estate (QICGRE), building services engineering and sustainability consultancy Max Fordham, infrastructure and managing services consulting firm Surbana Jurong, real estate sustainability consultancy Evora Global, environmental design consultant Atelier Ten, leading healthcare real estate investment trust Assura, and the educational institute Adventist Education Southern Brazilian Union who will be retrofitting 78 schools to operate at net zero energy by 2030 and designing all new buildings to net zero energy standards. The report can be read here: https://www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2020

“Buildings are our planet’s largest consumers of energy,” said CEO of the World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa. “Measures to reduce consumption and energy waste in buildings offer the fastest way to unlock carbon savings, but they are often overlooked and deprioritised.” She continued, “As we overcome the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must prioritise 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."

Sixty-two of the 96 Commitment participants are businesses and organisations, and collectively their action alone will reduce more than 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions. Additionally, 28 cities and 6 states and regions have signed the Commitment, signalling a shift in political will towards net zero policy.

For eligible businesses, the Commitment is one of three pathways to become a member of EP100 from The Climate Group. The 2020 Advancing Net Zero Status Report includes the full list of Commitment signatories, updates on key progress that has been made by companies including AESG, Signify and Kingspan, action from Green Building Councils including the launch of new net zero building certification schemes, and design and investor community insights from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and EVORA Global.
The WorldGBC’s Commitment for zero carbon buildings places energy saving at its heart. This approach is completely aligned with global leader in sustainable building solutions, Kingspan, who sponsor WorldGBC’s Advancing Net Zero project and became a signatory of the Commitment in September 2019.

Bianca Wong, Global Head of Sustainability at Kingspan, sponsor of the ANZ project and Commitment signatory as part of their Planet Passionate programme said: “We are proud to support and be a part of the WorldGBC’s critically important Advancing Net Zero project and welcome the latest status support. Only through collective action can we achieve our ultimate goal of a decarbonised built environment by 2050.”

Paul Stoller, Director, Melbourne and Sydney at Atelier Ten said: “Atelier Ten has always been committed to finding ways for buildings to tread more lightly on the planet. Now more than ever it is crucial for us as a profession to work together to have a positive impact on the world around us. The barriers to a no-carbon future are no longer technological or economic.”

As more companies advance the net zero movement, WorldGBC is pleased to announce its next call for action - aimed at governments - will kick off during its 11th annual World Green Building Week event, 21 to 25 September 2020. The signature awareness event is focused on global advocacy for a greener built environment and this year will galvanise governments to take concrete action for the decarbonisation of buildings using the theme of #ActOnClimate.

More information on the week, can be found at www.worldgbc.org/worldgreenbuildingweek