Responsible offsetting and our pathway to net zero
For a building to achieve net zero emissions, it is essential that built environment professionals follow a science-based decarbonisation pathway that prioritises reducing emissions in line with 1.5˚C. Once embodied carbon and energy use intensity limits have been achieved, responsible carbon offsetting has a crucial role to play in the transition to net zero carbon buildings.
However, purchasing offsets from the voluntary carbon market can be challenging due to its lack of maturity and transparency. This can increase exposure to greenwashing accusations and have detrimental impacts on climate action. For the UK’s carbon market to succeed, it is vital that the industry has access to clear guidance, is supported by a robust global governance system, and we work together to gain consensus on this complex topic.
Most recent guidance
Carbon offsetting and pricing
As part of our Advancing Net Zero programme, UKGBC has recently published new guidance to better equip our members who want to purchase offsets or make investment decisions at building asset or organisational level to do so in a way that aligns with their climate goals and supports our wider transition to net zero.
Key aims for this project
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Advancing Net Zero Partners
Our Carbon Offsetting work is made possible by the generous support from our Advancing Net Zero partners.