A coalition of eight European cities, including Dublin and Leeds, have pledged to completely decarbonise their existing building stocks by 2050. The commitment is called Build Upon2 and is being convened by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). It will see the cities collaboratively develop and implement a built environment renovation and retrofitting framework aimed at boosting residents’ wellbeing and local economies while dramatically reducing carbon emissions across all Scopes. As the framework is implemented over the years, the cities will be required to use local-level data to lobby for national policymakers to set equally ambitious net-zero legislation for buildings. The overarching aim of the project is for the cities to prove that net-zero is possible for the built environment sector in urban environments, in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) recommendation that global carbon emissions should reach zero by mid-century in order to limit warming below 1.5C. As for the UK’s public and private sector, the past few months have seen moves such as the Greater Manchester Combined Authority pledging to make all new buildings net-zero by 2028; London’s City Hall signing C40 Cities’s net-zero building pledge and, most recently, Skanska UK pledging to become a carbon-neutral business by 2045.
Edie 24th May 2019 read more »