Our planet is in crisis, and without further decisive action temperatures could rise by between 2.2-3.5°C by 2100. The built environment has a critical role to play in addressing the climate crisis, limiting global warming to 1.5°C and enabling the UK to transition to net zero by 2050.
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Climate change mitigation and the path to net zero
The built environment is the largest source of climate emissions after surface transport. Our buildings, towns, cities and infrastructure have a clear role to play in enabling the UK to achieve its climate commitments to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 (compared with 1990 levels) and achieve net zero by 2050.
The science clearly shows we’re running out of time to deliver the radical transformation needed. This warning has not fallen on deaf ears, with many organisations stepping up with action plans to deliver net zero. But for an industry like the built environment, which is proven to be capable of rapid emissions reduction, the pressure is now on to do so systematically at scale and at pace.
Tackling the climate crisis and transforming a whole industry is not without significant challenges. But building a net zero, climate resilient and regenerative built environment represents a huge opportunity to deliver green growth through innovation, value creation, more green jobs and better, healthier places to live and work. Built environment businesses can be at the forefront of this transformation to a green economy.
What we do to help mitigate climate change
UKGBC is committed to working with our members, the sector and government to significantly and swiftly reduce carbon emissions within the built environment and drive the net zero transition forwards.
We do this by working in collaboration with leading businesses, government entities and third-sector partners who are committed to transforming the way our buildings, communities, cities, and infrastructure are planned, designed, constructed, maintained, repurposed and operated.
UKGBC is at the forefront of influencing progressive policy and identifying the carbon reduction pathways required to propel the sector forward. We are also committed to driving and amplifying the solutions that will transform our built environment, so that people and nature thrive.
Our work focuses on reducing carbon emissions through both operational and embodied carbon across the sector – both in residential and commercial development. Our members are at the core of everything we do and we support our network of over 700+ organisations with the guidance, insight and support they need to deliver a net zero, climate resilient and regenerative built environment.
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Race to Zero
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Homes genuinely fit for the future: A briefing and discussion on the Future Homes and Buildings Standard
Strong Taskforce recommendations for decarbonising Scottish homes should shape ambitious policy commitments
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Advancing Net Zero Partners
Our Climate Change Mitigation work is made possible due to the generous support of our Advancing Net Zero Programme Partners