The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has announced a new task group which will develop guidance on the procurement of renewable energy and carbon offsets for the built environment

The new task group will develop guidance for procuring renewable energy, provide a set of principles for offsetting outstanding carbon balance and set a transition plan for phasing out the future use of offsets.

This work will build on UKGBC’s ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework’, which was developed to build industry consensus on the definition of a net-zero carbon building for both construction and operation.

The framework encourages reductions in whole life carbon and improvements in energy efficiency as the most important steps in decarbonising buildings but recognises that the procurement of renewable energy and offsets can also play a role in a building’s net-zero transition.

This project forms part of UKGBC’s ‘Advancing Net Zero Programme’, which has been made possible this year thanks to the support of our lead partner the Redevco Foundation, and programme partners BAM Construct UK, Berkeley Group, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Hoare Lea and JLL UK.

Urgent need for the built environment to decarbonise

Emily Huynh, technical advisor at UKGBC, said: “The importance and urgency for the built environment to decarbonise cannot be understated.

“It is critical that action is taken now to promote a more rapid step change in our transition to net-zero, and many businesses are now grappling with the practical steps they will need to take.

“This new task group will work together to develop guidance that provides clarity on how best to address residual emissions during this transition, through the procurement of renewable energy and the use of carbon offsets where applicable.

“The group’s work will help demystify how practitioners can go about procuring quality renewable energy and offsets as the industry pursues a consistent and ambitious trajectory to net zero carbon.”

UKGBC will undertake a consultation on the draft guidance in Autumn 2020 to capture perspectives from across the industry.

The task group is being supported by, and includes representation from:

  • BBP
  • BPF
  • CIBSE
  • Energy Institute
  • IEMA
  • Passivhaus Trust
  • REA
  • RIBA
  • RICS
  • SEA

The task group includes representatives from:

  • Acclaro Advisory
  • AECOM
  • amber energy®
  • ARUP
  • BRE
  • Burges Salmon LLP
  • Carbon Intelligence
  • Carbon Trust
  • The Crown Estate
  • Currie & Brown
  • Hilson Moran
  • Hoare Lea
  • JLL
  • Landsec
  • Max Fordham LLP
  • Peel L&P
  • Syzygy Consulting
  • Turley
  • Verco
  • Willmott Dixon

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