WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Catalysing market demand for net zero buildings by challenging organisations to commit to net zero carbon for all building areas under their direct control by 2030.

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September 18, 2019

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The WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment) challenges companies, cities, states and regions to reach net zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030 and to advocate for a net zero carbon built environment by 2050.

The Commitment has been developed to radically reduce the building sector’s impact on climate change by spearheading a global shift towards aggressive energy efficiency as well as a complete change from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables. The Commitment is also recognised as a pathway to achieving the global EP100 initiative.

This page provides information for UK-based organisations interested in the Commitment. For full details on the Commitment and the global list of signatories, please visit WorldGBC’s page.

UK companies

The Commitment is especially relevant to any organisation wanting to demonstrate leadership on net zero buildings in light of the UK Government’s net zero target. By challenging companies to set an advanced trajectory to achieve net zero carbon in operation for their own building areas by 2030, signatories demonstrate real action and can help to inspire their own customers and supply chain.

A total of 30 UKGBC members have currently signed up to the Commitment (representing almost a third of global signatories), listed below:

Commitment Forum

The Net Zero Commitment Forum is an exclusive benefit to UKGBC members that have signed up to the Commitment. It provides a collaborative environment for signatories to actively create, promote and share solutions on how to deliver net zero buildings at scale.

The first forum meeting was held in April 2020 and ongoing meetings will be held on a quarterly basis. More information on the forum is available here.

Interested in signing up to the Commitment?

The full requirements of the Commitment are set out in the detailed guidance document developed by WorldGBC. If you are interested in signing up to the Commitment, please get in touch with us via ANZ@UKGBC.org to find out more.

The Commitment and Net Zero Framework

UKGBC’s net zero carbon buildings framework builds upon the principles set out in the Commitment and provides additional guidance relevant to the UK market. Whilst the Commitment sets out base requirements, the framework is being developed to set more challenging requirements for net zero buildings in the UK.

The key points of difference are outlined in the table below:

If you have any questions or would like further information on the Commitment, please email ANZ@UKGBC.org.