Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap
UKGBC is one of several European GBCs developing national whole life carbon roadmaps under the #BuildingLife project. The roadmaps aims to build a common vision and agreed actions for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation and demolition of buildings and infrastructure, building on the action pathways for operational energy and embodied carbon developed by WorldGBC and forming the Whole Life Carbon Vision.
The UK project will bring together diverse stakeholders from across the built environment sector and will consist of two main elements:
- A science-based trajectory for reducing built environment emissions in line with limiting global temperature rises to below 1.5 degrees, building on the 2013 Green Construction Board Low Carbon Routemap which will be updated according to the latest climate science and expanded to cover all built environment sectors
- A report setting out the industry actions, government policies and associated mechanisms and processes that will be needed to manage the net zero transition in the built environment, along with declarations of support from key organisations across the sector
The roadmap will cover the entire building life cycle and include all building types as well as infrastructure. Critically, this will be an industry-led, consensus-based process, developed in consultation with market stakeholders and policymakers and launched with industry, and potentially national and local Government backing. The roadmap is central to UKGBC’s COP26 advocacy and will be launched at the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November 2021.
For more information about the roadmap, you can access the slide deck from the December 11th project launch event.
Four Task Groups comprised of over 50 experts have been formed to work through the decarbonisation implications across sectors and develop a timeline of solutions. An industry-wide Steering Group has also been formed to oversee the Roadmap and provide strategic input throughout the process. The groups will be working together to develop the initial Roadmap proposals.
There will be several opportunities to get involved with the roadmap during 2021, including an industry consultation period currently scheduled for late June/July. If you would like updates on these opportunities and the development of the Roadmap or you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Jonca.