I was recently asked how Science Based Targets are connected to Zero Carbon Buildings – hmmm, I thought, interesting question.
Let’s start with the definitions.
There is a lot of focus on “net zero carbon” or “net carbon neutral” or similar in the sustainability world. This is mainly a corporate or building issue with most companies wanted to make an effort to eliminate their CO2 emissions and therefore their contribution to man-made climate change. [Read more…]
‘Net zero’ buildings are highly energy-efficient buildings that use on or off-site renewable energy to achieve net zero carbon emissions. Can the concept of ‘net zero’ by adapted for the health and wellbeing agenda? Well, I think so and here’s why… [Read more…]
World GBC wants to “advance net zero”, whilst the amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive published last month in OJEU affirms that all new buildings must be “nearly zero energy” by the end of 2020 and GRESB insights this month is dedicated to “Net neutral buildings”! What on Earth do all these labels mean? This article aims to clear the mud from the water. [Read more…]
Our world continues to become increasingly urban. From the 19th century growth of European and North American cities, to the explosive population increase during the 1950s in cities like Tokyo and Mexico City, to the current expansion of cities in China and Sub-Saharan Africa, cities have been –and continue to be– global engines for innovation and economic development. Cities occupy about two percent of the world’s landmass. Their impact however, is colossal; cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. [Read more…]