Advancing Net Zero

To help achieve the UK’s net zero target, UKGBC is leading the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.


April 1, 2021


Policy & Advocacy, Research & Innovation



The Paris Climate Agreement represented a turning point in efforts to tackle climate change, with a commitment to limit increases in global temperatures well below 2ºC and decarbonise the global economy by the second half of this century. To meet this challenge the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) launched the global Advancing Net Zero campaign which aims to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050.

UKGBC launched its Advancing Net Zero programme in 2018 to help drive this transition in the UK and deliver the emissions reductions required from the construction and property sectors. In 2022-23, UKGBC will be seeking to build on the success of the programme to date and deliver on the ambitions set out in the Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap – please contact us at if you would like further detail on our planned activities

The items listed below are links to current resources and activities that have been developed to accelerate the transition to a net zero carbon built environment. 

Current resources:

Net zero buildings  

  • Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, see this page for: 
    • Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework Definition 
    • Net Zero Operational Carbon: 10 key requirements for new buildings 
    • Energy Performance Targets for Offices 
    • Net Zero Carbon Buildings: Levels of Performance 
    • Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting Guidelines
  • Net Zero Carbon Buildings Verification

Delivery enablers

Net zero organisations


Other ways to get involved:

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*Please note that the items marked with an asterisk are for UKGBC members only. For more information on becoming a member, please visit our membership page. 

Further information

If you have any queries or comments on the Advancing Net Zero programme, please get in touch with us at 

With thanks to the support from UKGBC 2022-23 Advancing Net Zero Programme Partners: