Our built environment is one of the key sectors necessary to get us to a prosperous world in which we operate within the boundaries that the natural world can sustain. For the building sector, this means operating at net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 2050. Earlier is better. Currently responsible for around 30% of global energy consumption and associated emissions, the building and construction sectors will play a key role in designing solutions that avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
As the World Green Building Council recently affirmed, building sector innovations can also offer a profound set of political and economic benefits: future-proofing of investments; resilience against energy prices; meeting climate change obligations; market advancements such as education, technology development and innovation; creating new jobs; and enabling significant investment in new clean energy systems.
To stimulate awareness and action on this vital agenda, The Climate Group will host a dedicated event on climate and the built environment in partnership with the World Green Building Council and We Mean Business. A cross-section of international experts & decision-makers will share the actions they are taking to achieve the 100% net zero buildings by 2050 goal. Of particular focus for the event will be on how business, government and the NGO sectors can leverage each other’s actions to support the urgently needed climate leadership.