Emirates GBC urges entities region-wide to commit to net zero carbon buildings
Date: 20-09-2018
Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has called upon all businesses, entities, and cities in the United Arab Emirates and the region to formally endorse and sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. Announced globally by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to take advanced climate action by setting ambitious targets to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building portfolios by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be Net Zero in operation by 2050. 

These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below two degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

The Commitment’s aim is to generate the next wave of high momentum to cut down global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and inspire national governments to step up national climate action plans over the next two years.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council, said, “We will not have sufficient time to reach the Paris Agreement targets, which calls on decarbonizing the global economy within 20-30 years, if we delay action. We need to achieve tangible results and the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment is a unique opportunity to ambitiously work toward reducing energy demand and controlling carbon emissions. This calls for the concerted efforts of all – governments, businesses, civil society organisations and the public at large – to achieve the significant milestone that will be our true investment in the future for our upcoming generations. I am very proud that Majid Al Futtaim, who are active Board Members of EmiratesGBC, are among the first three organisations globally to sign up the commitment, thus demonstrating the UAE’s global leadership in sustainable development. I encourage the private sector to follow this lead and position their organisations as global leaders in sustainability.”

The Commitment opened for recruitment in June, and will be formally launched at the Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco in September where states and regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society are committing to taking ambition to the next level.

EmiratesGBC’s seventh annual Congress on October 9, 2018 will also share a focus on Net Zero and will be held under the theme ‘Targeting Zero: A Vision for Future Cities.’

The Congress will mark a regional first with an in-depth discussion on the Net Zero Energy Building movement as well as to continue to advocate for the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment as a significant step to create net zero cities.


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