As part of the ongoing development of UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, we have drafted further guidance on renewable energy procurement and carbon offsetting for businesses to ensure the framework is used consistently and aligned with best practice.

The draft guidance focuses on three main elements:

  • Renewable energy procurement for electricity, heating and domestic hot water
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Carbon accounting

These elements touch on a range of areas, including but not limited to, the current UK electricity market, green gas, local and international offsets, GHG reporting, alignment with UK net zero trajectory and more.

We are seeking feedback from businesses and stakeholders throughout the carbon management, energy, construction, and property industries. The consultation paper lays out recommendations for the three main elements, alongside questions designed to elicit feedback on our recommendations. The deadline for submitting comments is now Tuesday 24th November 2020 –  following several requests, we have extended the original deadline.

UKGBC is also hosting two workshops on the 5th  and 12th November 2020 to provide an overview of the consultation, and offer participants the opportunity to ask questions and provide further feedback on the guidance. Details on how to sign up for these workshops is available here.

The draft guidance has been developed by an industry task group, comprised of built environment professionals, trade associations, and professional institutions. All feedback will be reviewed with the task group, who will play a key role in finalising the guidance for publication in March 2021.

This work forms part of UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme which has been made possible this year thanks to the generous support of Lead Partner: Redevco Foundation; and Programme Partners: BAM, Berkeley Group, Grosvenor, Hoare Lea, and JLL.