The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has revealed the latest signatories to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment during World Green Building Week.
The signatories include property adviser JLL and one of the largest UK landlords, Grainger.
The commitment challenges signatories to achieve net-zero carbon in operation for all building areas under their direct control by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be net-zero carbon by 2050.
The new signatories will be talked about tomorrow (22 Sep) during UKGBC’s flagship World Green Building Week virtual event, ‘The Road to COP26’, where Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, will give a keynote speech.
The minister will address the role of built environment businesses in showing leadership and action on the climate crisis as the UK gears up to host the UN Climate Summit, COP26, in November next year.
The latest UKGBC member signatories to the commitment are:
- AECOM (UK & Ireland), global infrastructure consultancy
- Argent LLP, major property developer
- Grainger PLC, one of the UK’s largest professional landlords
- Greengage Environmental Limited, sustainability consultancy
- Hoare Lea LLP, leading engineering consultancy
- Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), global commercial real estate services company
- Lendlease Europe, a leading international property and infrastructure group
- SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) one of the world’s largest architectural firms
Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC, welcomed “these industry heavyweights rise to the climate emergency challenge and step up their ambition”.
She added: “The theme for this year’s World Green Building Week, ‘Act On Climate’, couldn’t be more appropriate as the need to tackle the climate crisis is brought into ever sharper focus. We look forward to working together with these UKGBC members to help them put this commitment into practice and accelerate the transition to a net-zero carbon built environment.”