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World Green Building Council Fights Against Global Warming

Marina Maletic

December 9, 2021
World Green Building Council Fights Against Global Warming

About 70 Green Building Councils around the world want to reach the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming.

The construction and building industries are some of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. They are responsible for 40% of total emissions on Earth. 

According to InHabitat, the industry has seen a reduction in its environmental impact because new policies were implemented.

The World Green Building Council released a Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, and they’ve updated it for the COP26.

“With the buildings sector accounting for 40% of global emissions and 50% of resource consumption, the need for urgent action is critical,” said Nigel Topping, COP26 high level climate action champion. “WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment provides a bold approach for businesses looking to be a front runner in decarbonizing emissions from buildings by 2030.”

In their original statement, the Council aimed to halve the emissions the construction industry creates by 2030 and to achieve total decarbonization by 2050. They hope to achieve this by reducing how much energy buildings consume and eliminating reliance on fossil fuels. 

Now, they are going a step further. The Council wants to slash embodied emissions, which are emissions produced before the building is operational. About 10% of the total carbon emissions come from materials and construction. They hope that energy-efficient practices will make fast progress and speed up green building.

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