WorldGBC reaches 100 signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced that five companies have joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. These new additions bring the total number of signatories to 100, which is a doubling of participation in the program in just over one year.
The signatories range from small and medium enterprises to large, multi-national corporations, and span engineering, design and consultancy services to real estate owners and manufacturing.
Since its inception, businesses and organisations signed up to the Commitment now cover nearly 6,000 assets, with over 32 million square metres total floor area and $100 billion in annual turnover. By 2030, the operational portfolio emissions of these Commitment signatories will be at net zero, affecting approximately 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e), according to the WorldGBC.
“Achieving this milestone, in less than two years since the launch, demonstrates the growing importance of net zero carbon buildings to governments, businesses and mayors”, said Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council. “As countries look to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, there is an opportunity for net zero buildings to provide benefits for people, the planet and economies. By positioning net zero carbon buildings at the core of these recovery efforts, governments and policymakers can harness the incredible potential of net zero buildings to build back better and enable a green recovery”.
The WorldGBC states that the new companies and organisations are committed to ensuring that all assets they own, occupy and/or develop under their direct control will operate at net zero carbon by 2030, or earlier.
The Commitment is unique in positioning energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonisation across global portfolios, in addition to generating and procuring renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand. This represents the most cost-effective, best-practice approach to ensuring buildings are fit for purpose, future-proofed against climate impacts, and able to provide healthy and comfortable environments.
The new corporate signatories to the Commitment are: Mott MacDonald, QIC Global Real Estate (QIC), United Metal Coating LLC, Bioconstrucción y Energía Alternativa, and Tritax Big Box.
The full list of the Commitment signatories includes developers, real estate investment and property funds, manufacturers and global design firms, 28 cities including London, New York and Tokyo, and six states and regions including California and Scotland.
Businesses, governments, organisations and individuals are encouraged to sign the World Green Building Week’s Call to Action Statement. More information can be found at: www.worldgbc.org/worldgreenbuildingweek.