The publication of the UK Green Building Council’s roadmap for limiting carbon emissions in construction and reducing embodied carbon in the built environment has been welcomed by Colliers’ Head of Client Sustainability.
The publication of the new roadmap coincides with the Cities, Regions and Built Environment day at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The roadmap also called for mandatory energy performance publications in commercial buildings and an ambitious retrofit programme to rapidly decarbonise the built environment.
James Pay, Head of Client Sustainability at Colliers, welcomed the move. He said: “The UK Green Building Council has today released their Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, a cross industry initiative, which clearly sets out policies that should be adopted to meet the rapid transformation required. As a minimum all those working within the built environment should be using this as a key tool in their decision making, while also lobbying the Government to adopt the advice, to ensure an achievable net zero future.”
Today the UK Government also announced commitments to help developing cities transition to net zero and re-emphasised it’s ongoing efforts in the UK including funding for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, Boiler Upgrade Scheme and Heat Network Transformation Programme.
“It is promising to see the Government continuing to talk about the opportunity of net zero, the new strategies and some of the actions already being taken,” James added. “However to maintain the post COP26 momentum and drive change, it is key that the strategies are backed up by clear and detailed delivery roadmaps, with relevant legislation to support them as soon as possible.”
Throughout COP26 there has been a wide range of agreements including more than 40 countries agreeing to phase out the use of coal, 100 countries agreeing to stop deforestation by 2030, and many nations pledging to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.
In addition five goals around technology have been agreed, called the “Glasgow breakthroughs” which include commitments to clean power becoming the most affordable and reliable worldwide, zero-emissions vehicles becoming the new normal, near-zero emissions steel becoming the go-to choice, renewable and low carbon hydrogen to be available globally and sustainable agriculture.
In the UK the Chancellor committed the country’s financial institutions and listed companies to produce net zero “transition plans” by 2023, for decarbonisation by 2025. He also said a taskforce is to be established to develop a “gold standard” of reporting by 2022. While the UK and US also supported a Climate Investment Funds’ Capital Markets Mechanism for investment in clean energy in developing countries.