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WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Surpasses 50 Signatories


In conjunction with Canada Green Building Council’s Accelerating to Zero Summit in Vancouver, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announced that 50 signatories have now signed up to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

These organisations have pledged to take urgent action to ensure their portfolios of buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and, for some cities, states and regions to enact regulations to ensure all new buildings operate at net zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing, operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

“We are inspired by the leadership action demonstrated by the early signatories to the Commitment,” said Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council. “Reaching this significant milestone of over 50 signatories demonstrates that businesses are recognising the value net zero buildings present to their operations; and policymakers are acting on the responsibility to their citizens to provide more efficient and healthier buildings for us to occupy every day.”

Launched in September 2018, the Commitment positions 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 provide healthy and comfortable environments.

The announcement comes as WorldGBC released its Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019. The report details efforts to demonstrate market demand and readiness to take on the challenge of decarbonising the global building stock, and highlights collective leadership action from global businesses, governments and NGOs to catalyse the market towards achieving this goal.

A full list of the Commitment signatories is celebrated in the report, which also profiles the early action taken by some including Kilroy Realty, Majid Al Futtaim, Integral Group, the City of Vancouver, and the State of California – who are all actively converting their commitments into action.

Additionally, the report features actions from Green Buildings Councils (GBCs) from across the world facilitating this market transformation such as:

  • the release of nine new net zero carbon certification schemes (from France, Canada, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Sweden, India, USA) and two frameworks (from the Netherlands and the UK);
  • certifying nearly 390 buildings globally as net zero carbon;
  • raising awareness through advocacy activities of the urgency and achievability of net zero carbon buildings;
  • developing industry capacity through educational programmes and industry events.

“Our Green Building Councils are supporting their members to better understand how these targets can be applied in practice, and respond to the climate emergency facing us,” affirmed Gamboa.

Among the latest businesses to sign up to the Commitment was Armstrong Fluid Technologies, a member of Canada Green Building Council. Armstrong Fluid Technologies is a leader and innovator in the design, engineering and manufacturing of intelligent fluid-flow solutions, committed to sustainability through its charter ‘Planet Proposition’.

For Armstrong Fluid Technologies and the other signatories, the Commitment forms one of three pathways to become a member of EP100, an initiative by The Climate Group in partnership with Alliance to Save Energy. It brings together energy-smart companies committed to using energy more productively, to lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and accelerate a clean economy. The Commitment’s inclusion of energy efficiency as an essential component to a net zero carbon strategy, supports the improvement of energy productivity.

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