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Broad pledges need to become detailed plans now, says UKGBC chief executive Julie Hirigoyen

Green Building Council to deliver CREtech London keynote

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of increasingly influential real estate support group, UK Green Building Council, will address delegates on how to embed ESG throughout the industry at the forthcoming property technology show, due to take place in April.

The UKGBC has become a prominent lobbyist for change in the built world, which accounts for a significant proportion of carbon emissions globally.

In November, at the COP26 UN climate change summit, UKGBC launched a Whole Life Carbon Roadmap as part of the UK Government Pavilion. The built environment is directly responsible for 25% of the total UK carbon footprint, and has a critical role to play in the transition to Net Zero.

The trade body’s comprehensive report made a series of recommendations for Government and industry. Projections based on ‘business as usual’ current policies show the UK built environment will be well below 2050 targets.

The roadmap set out a clear multi-stakeholder action plan for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

UKGBC provided detailed technical toolkits for businesses to follow as well as a policy summary and action plan for stakeholders and policymakers.

The organisation’s work is based on a science-based trajectory for reducing built environment emissions in line with limiting global temperature rises to below 1.5 degrees. The report sets 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.

The report is downloadable from the UKGBC website.

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