Building on the momentum of the Global Climate Strike, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched the Climate Commitment Platform, an online tool designed to profile the carbon targets of built environment organisations
Building on the Global Climate Strike, the Climate Commitment Platform features 20 of UKGBC’s Gold Leaf members and Advancing Net Zero Programme Partners, with all UKGBC members to be invited to submit their information to the platform.
The inaugural organisations include:
Berkeley Group Holdings
Canary Wharf Group plc
Hermes Real Estate Investment Management
Morgan Sindall Group
Multiplex Construction Europe
Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Alongside member commitments, the platform features a Climate Leadership Model for the industry. This summarises in a practical and accessible way what climate leadership looks like for different sub-sectors of the built environment, with a view to achieving net zero emissions overall. It is hoped that organisations will use the model when setting and reviewing their climate commitments to ensure that these are consistent with best practice.
Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC, said: “It is absolutely critical that built environment businesses show strong leadership and ambition in tackling the climate crisis. As school children striking on Fridays around the world have reminded us over the past year, no one is too small to make a difference.
“At UKGBC we are ourselves signing up to the WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, and today joining the Global Climate Strike to call for stronger action and ambition from both the built environment industry and Government.”
The launch comes as adults from all walks of life join students on the streets as part of the Global Climate Strike.
Hundreds of individuals from a range of UKGBC member companies have joined demonstrations in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to show support for action on tackling the climate crisis. This is especially timely in advance of the UN Climate Action Summit commencing in New York on 23 September, and World Green Building Week (23-27 Sept).