London, England World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and GRESB have announced a collaboration that will see companies who commit to making their portfolios 'Paris Proof' by signing WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment) recognized.
The Commitment, which recognizes businesses committed to ensuring their portfolio of buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030, and advocate for all buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050, is supported by Green Building Councils’ asset level net zero standards in 15 countries and counting, which all adhere to WorldGBC's global principles for net zero carbon buildings and provide third party assurance of performance.
The inclusion of the Commitment by GRESB is hoped to drive uptake of net zero standards across large portfolios in addition to dozens of other Green Building Council rating tools already recognized.
Globally, almost 40% of energy related greenhouse emissions occur from buildings, with 28% coming from the operations of buildings themselves.
The Commitment is unique in positioning energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonisation across building portfolios, in addition to generating and procuring renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand.
This represents the most cost effective, best practice approach to ensuring buildings are fit for purpose and provide healthy and comfortable environments.