The world of buildings and construction was under the spotlight at COP21 in Paris. It is recognised that buildings account for about a third of C02 emissions, and will continue to rise under a business-as-usual scenario. To play its part in limiting global temperature increase to 2 degrees, the buildings sector must reduce emissions by 84 GtC02 by 2050, it was stressed at COP21’s Buildings Day.
At the Paris Climate Summit, the World Green Building Council (WGBC), national Green Building Councils and member companies – announced their commitment to mobilising a global market transformation in order to advance by 2030 and achieve by 2050 two fundamental goals:
– Net Zero carbon new building
– Energy efficiency and deep refurbishment of existing stock.
Buildings Day was also marked by the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which aims to scale up the sector’s attempts to decarbonise.
Eighteen countries (Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America), and over 60 organizations are part of the alliance. They believe
Green Building is the solution.
Sixteen leading European firms also took the opportunity to deliver their own commitment to drive delivery of ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ (nZEB) for new build by 2020, and refurbished buildings by 2030. They believe green building is cost-effective, it generates wide economic, health, and social benefits for all.
The ‘Moving towards net zero buildings’ commitment, has been signed by 16 leading organisations representing different sectors of the property sector supply chain, including Acciona, British Land, Doosan, Ferrovial, GlaxoSmithKline, Hammerson, Heathrow, Interface, JLL, Kingfisher, Land Securities, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Philips, Skanska, Sky, Tesco.
EU regulation states that by 31 December 2020 all new buildings must be nZEBs. The group said the new commitment was a response to the “lack of co-ordinated approach across the built environment sector in the delivery of energy efficient building”.