PRESS RELEASE: Property sector steps up ahead of COP26

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today published a press release announcing the latest signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.
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September 21, 2020

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To mark the start of World Green Building Week 2020, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has unveiled the latest signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (‘the Commitment’).

The new signatories to the Commitment will be highlighted tomorrow (22 Sep) 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, will give a keynote. The Minister will address 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 hot on the heels of other UKGBC members Mott MacDonald and Tritax Big Box who were announced last month as the Commitment reached the 100 signatories mark, globally. A full list of organisations that have signed the Commitment is available on WorldGBC’s website

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.

-ENDS-

Notes to the editors

More information about the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment is available here.

All global signatories to the Commitment are listed on WorldGBC’s site, here.

Join the conversation on social media with #ActOnClimate and #WGBW2020, and visit www.worldgbc.org/worldgreenbuildingweek for more information.

Today also saw UKGBC and Green Building Council Finland join the Commitment to show leadership in setting net zero goals. As Green Building Councils are affiliated with WorldGBC, they will not be counted towards the overall total of commitment signatories.