Businesses promise to make their buildings net zero: Almost 100 organisations and businesses have agreed to the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment to make all of their buildings net zero by 2030.

The tsunami of new members signing up to the scheme has helped to almost double participation in the programme over the last year.

The members will now work to ensure all buildings they own, occupy or develop will generate net zero carbon emission by 2030 at the latest, as well as striving towards all buildings worldwide becoming net zero emissions by 2050,

The businesses and organisations involved are from a wide variety of sectors and include clean heating solutions provider Excool Group, Finnish retail developer Citycon, retail centre developer Wereldhave, Finnish pension insurer Varma, real estate investment firm FORE Partnership and educational institute Adventist Education Southern Brazilian Union, which plans to retrofit 78 schools to enable them to go net zero by 2030, as well as designing all new buildings in line with net zero energy standards.

Of the participants, 62 are businesses and organisations, which are expected to collectively cut 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions from their environmental footprints.

Additionally, six states and regions and 28 cities have signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

Cristina Gamboa CEO of the World Green Building Council said: “Buildings are our planet’s largest consumers of energy. Measures to reduce consumption and energy waste in buildings offer the fastest way to unlock carbon savings, but they are often overlooked and prioritised.

“As we overcome the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must prioritise resilience. Net zero building can benefit people, economies and the planet and must form a part of the bold and decisive action necessary to tackle the climate emergency.”

Businesses promise to make their buildings net zero

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