Throughout 2021, UKGBC worked with a cross-industry team to develop a Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap (the Roadmap) for the UK built environment. The Roadmap project aims to outline a common vision and agree upon industry-wide actions for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation, and demolition of buildings and infrastructure in the UK.
The main Roadmap elements include a carbon footprint for the UK built environment, a Net Zero Carbon trajectory to 2050, and policy recommendations with industry action plans to deliver the 2050 scenario. These outputs are published in an initial series of four reports:
- A Pathway to Net Zero for the UK Built Environment – aimed at stakeholders from across the built environment value chain who need an overview of the Roadmap findings and its implications for the sector. The report provides context for why the Roadmap exercise is critical to delivering the UK net zero goal, while also detailing the necessary technological shifts, policies and industry actions that can help deliver decarbonisation.
- Technical Report – provides detail on the project structure, the process for data collection, the key features of the calculation methodology and concludes with a description of the net zero scenario definition and results.
- Summary for Policy-Makers – aimed at central government, local authorities, and anyone interested in built environment policies. The Summary provides an overview of the relevant Roadmap findings and policy recommendations for central government to deliver a net zero built environment by 2050.
- Stakeholder Action Plans – sets out specific recommended actions for 14 key industry stakeholders, enabling them to play their part in achieving the Roadmap’s goals. As part of our work embedding the Roadmap in our sector, we’re hosting workshops with different stakeholders. Learn more here.
Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap Resources
UKGBC is one of several European GBCs developing national Whole Life Carbon Roadmaps under the WorldGBC #BuildingLife project, funded by the Laudes Foundation and the Ikea Foundation. In the runup to COP26, WorldGBC has convened ten European Green Building Councils to galvanise climate action in the built environment through national and regional decarbonisation roadmaps. The Green Building Councils spearheading the project are Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK. BuildingLife is accelerating ambitions in the building sector by creating the first region-wide response to the vision of a net-zero whole-life carbon-built environment as set out in WorldGBC’s 2019 report.
Roadmap Project Partners
With thanks to the following organisations for their support of the Roadmap.