UKGBC launches project to develop a ‘Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap’ for COP26

United Kingdome Green Building Council (UKGBC) is embarking on an ambitious new project: the development of a net zero whole life carbon roadmap, for launch at COP26.

… A report setting out the industry actions…

… A science-based trajectory for reducing built environment emissions…

UKGBC writes:

UKGBC is one of several European GBCs developing national whole life carbon roadmaps under the #BuildingLife project. The roadmaps aims to build a common vision and agreed actions for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation and demolition of buildings and infrastructurebuilding on the action pathways for operational energy and embodied carbon developed by WorldGBC and forming the Whole Life Carbon Vision 

The UK project will bring together diverse stakeholders from across the built environment sector and will consist of two main elements: 

  1. A report setting out the industry actions, government policies and associated mechanisms and processes that will be needed to manage the net zero transition in the built environment, along with declarations of support from key organisations across the sector  
  1. A science-based trajectory for reducing built environment emissions in line with limiting global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees, building on the Green Construction Board Low Carbon Routemap which will be updated in line with the latest climate science and expanded to cover all built environment sectors 

The roadmap will cover the entire building life cycle and include all building types as well as infrastructure. Critically, this will be an industry-led, consensus-based processdeveloped in consultation with market stakeholders and policy makers and launched with industry, and potentially national and local Government backing. The roadmap is central to UKGBC’s COP26 advocacy and will be launched at the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November 2021.


There will be several opportunities to get involved with the roadmap during 2021, including participating in an industry-wide steering groupIf you would like to signal your interest in being involved with the development of the roadmap as a relevant industry or government body, please contact Alexandra JoncaFor general updates about the roadmap, contact to be added to the Advancing Net Zero mailing list.  

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