The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment calls on the building and construction sector to decarbonize the built environment, inspire others to take similar action, and to remove barriers to implementation. The participants commit to reducing and compensating all operational and embodied carbon emissions within their portfolios by 2030 and to advocating for all buildings to be net zero whole life carbon by 2050 following a 1.5°C pathway.
The global buildings and construction sector is responsible for 37% of global carbon emissions, with 10% of this being embodied carbon resulting from materials and construction processes. It has been estimated that more than half of the total carbon emissions from new construction between 2020 and 2050 will be due to upfront emissions. “The industry we operate in has an immense impact on the environment, which means it is our responsibility to act. Signing the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment complements our decarbonization efforts. We intend to lead by example and invite others in the real estate industry to join us in advancing net zero,” says Niko Pulli, CEO of Technopolis.
“By following our Net Zero Carbon Road Map, we want to lead the way in low carbon construction as well as carbon neutral energy consumption in our industry. We aim to use carbon neutral energy in all of our buildings by 2030 and are committed to performing a whole lifecycle analysis for and reducing the emissions of all our new construction and renovation projects.”
WorldGBC is a global action network that works with businesses, organizations, and governments to drive the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment is WorldGBC’s global project to accelerate halving emissions of the building and construction sector by 2030 and the total decarbonization of the industry by 2050. Technopolis joins over 150 signatories and leaders of the industry from businesses, organizations, cities, states and regions worldwide.
Read more about the commitment from WorldBGC's website