Cundall is one of 38 founding signatories for Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (‘the Commitment”). Led by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) this commitment is the start of a leadership movement towards a decarbonised built environment.
In an unprecedented statement of coordinated action from business and cities, states and regions, the 38 signatories, made up of 12 businesses, 22 cities and four states and regions, gathered at a dedicated session to signal the start of a leadership movement towards a decarbonised built environment.
Their collective commitment provides strong evidence that industry, mayors and governors are willing to take drastic action to prevent catastrophic climate change and create more comfortable, healthy and future-proofed environments for their employees and residents to occupy.
Globally, buildings and construction together account for 36% of final energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when upstream power generation is included. Operating emissions are 28%, with construction emissions such as manufacture of materials 11%.1
Amie Shuttleworth, Global Director of Sustainability for Cundall said: “This initiative aligns perfectly with our sustainability strategy ‘One Planet, One Chance’, with one of our six impacts we are focusing on being Climate Positive Action by 2025. With 20 offices globally, being a founding signatory to the initiative which focuses the industry globally to reach an ambitious but achievable target, we are confident that our designers can collaborate with our clients and fellow designers to achieve a future of net zero emissions.”
As a signatory, Cundall is required to evaluate their current energy use and associated emissions across their portfolios; identify opportunities to reduce energy wastage and improve energy efficiency; power their buildings from renewable energy sources; and report on progress against decarbonisation targets. All signatories will be expected to meet high verification standards, in the lead up to and in the year of achievement of net zero carbon emission buildings, and report annually on progress.
Business signatories also commit to further advocate through their operations to eliminate carbon emissions, becoming enablers to radically transform the wider supply chain.
Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, said: “We are delighted at the ambition being demonstrated by this group of climate leaders. Our new partnerships with C40 and The Climate Group have enabled us to convene the world’s most pioneering organisations in net zero carbon buildings, and bring company CEOs, city mayors and state governors onto the same stage, committing action towards a common cause. Our vision of a net zero emissions future is within reach, if we all work together to overcome the challenges.
“Taking this leap has taken a phenomenal effort from the founding signatories, and we applaud them for their leadership and compel others to join us on this exciting journey. Our Green Building Councils are ready to support each and every signatory as we work together to towards decarbonising the built environment.”
1Source: Global Status Report 2017, UN Environment and International Energy Agency