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UKGBC announces latest signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

To mark World Green Building Week 2020 (21-25 September), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has named the latest signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

The new signatories to the Commitment were highlighted on Tuesday (22 September) during UKGBC’s flagship World Green Building Week virtual event, ‘The Road to COP26’, where the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, addressed the role of built environment businesses in showing leadership and action on the climate crisis as the UK gears up to host the UN Climate Summit, COP26, in November next year.

The Commitment challenges signatories to achieve net zero carbon in operation for all building areas under their direct control by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050.

The latest UKGBC member signatories to the Commitment are:

  • AECOM (UK & Ireland), global infrastructure consultancy
  • Argent LLP, major property developer
  • Grainger PLC, one of the UK’s largest professional landlords
  • Greengage Environmental Limited, sustainability consultancy
  • Hoare Lea LLP, leading engineering consultancy
  • Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), global commercial real estate services company
  • Lendlease Europe, a leading international property and infrastructure group
  • SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), one of the world’s largest architectural firms

These firms join other UKGBC members Mott MacDonald and Tritax Big Box who were announced last month as the Commitment reached the 100 signatories mark, globally.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC, said: “It is fantastic to see these industry heavyweights rise to the climate emergency challenge and step up their ambition. The theme for this year’s World Green Building Week, ‘Act On Climate’, couldn’t be more appropriate as the need to tackle the climate crisis is brought into ever sharper focus. We look forward to working together with these UKGBC members to help them put this Commitment into practice and accelerate the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.”

The 11th Annual World Green Building Week has galvanised over 214 events in more than 40 countries.

The Week has also prompted more than 100 organisations to endorse a Call to Action statement, urging all levels of government to implement policy to ensure the following:

  • By 2030, all new buildings, infrastructure and renovations have at least 40% less embodied carbon with significant upfront carbon reduction, and all new buildings must be net zero operational carbon
  • By 2050, new buildings, infrastructure and renovations will have net zero embodied carbon, and all buildings, including existing buildings, must be net zero operational carbon

A full list of organisations that have signed the Commitment can be found here.

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