Climate Pledges

The climate negotiations (COP21) in Paris could be a vital turning point in the global battle against climate change. The UK Green Building Council is catalysing private sector action to help ensure a positive outcome from COP21 and encourage greenhouse gas emissions reductions at the pace and scale required in the built environment.

This call to action supports the inaugural “Buildings Day” at COP on 3rd December. Organised through the UN, Buildings Day is designed to help put the buildings and construction sector on a “below 2°C path”. A whole range of commitments are being published, from an unprecedented number of partner organisations who are collaborating for maximum impact. 

For more information on the latest climate science, see these slides or the video below from our recent event. 


The future is in our hands - short film


As a key stakeholder in Buildings Day, WorldGBC – supported by UK-GBC and other national GBCs - has issued a “Collective Commitment” on the role that buildings must play at the global scale:

Buildings account for about a third of CO2 emissions globally and will continue to rise under a business-as-usual scenario. To play its part in limiting global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, the sector must reduce its emissions by a total of 84 GtCO2 by 2050.
Green Buildings are the solution. Cost-effective, they generate economic, health, and social benefits for all. 

We - World Green Building Council, national Green Building Councils and member companies - commit to mobilising a global market transformation in order to advance by 2030 and achieve by 2050 two fundamental goals:

  • Net Zero carbon new building
  • Energy efficiency and deep refurbishment of existing stock



Such a global, high level commitment is only worthwhile if we, collectively, have the means to back it up and implement change in our businesses and on the ground. 

UK-GBC members have also been making their own specific corporate commitments - "Climate Pledges" - demonstrating their ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. View the pledges.


UK-GBC considers itself as playing a vital role in enabling radical change in the market, and we know that we too must reduce our own carbon impact. Therefore, as a contribution towards Buildings Day we have issued our own pledges:

Value Chain Transformation

  • By 2020 we will have trained over 5000 professionals, through a total of 20,000 hours of formalised training and practical learning on the delivery of energy efficiency and net zero carbon solutions.
  • By 2020, we will have engaged over 200 board level business leaders in the green building agenda, through our Leaders Network.
  • By 2020 we will have trained 150 “future leaders”, in a programme of innovation and leadership, ensuring that the business leaders of tomorrow are prepared to adapt to risks and maximise low carbon opportunities.


  • We will work with our members to measure and promote the commercial value drivers for investing in, developing, designing, constructing, and operating low and zero carbon buildings.
  • We will strengthen the business case for investment in low and zero carbon buildings by promoting the co-benefits of health and wellbeing through the “Better Places for People” campaign.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will work with government at the national and local level to enable the development and implementation of policies that promote green building, in support of the Construction 2025 target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment

Measurement and Accountability

  • We will offer support and challenge to our members, on their processes for measuring greenhouse gas emissions; targeting improvements, and reporting transparently on performance.
  • By 2020 we will achieve a 40% improvement in electricity efficiency (excl heating & cooling) and source 100% of our electricity from renewable energy

For more information, please contact John Alker.