Building System Carbon Framework launched to help align company actions towards a net-zero built environment

Published: 29 Jun 2020
Type: News

Geneva, 29 June 2020 – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), together with member companies Acciona, Arcadis, ArcelorMittal, Arup, CRH, Guidehouse, LafargeHolcim, Mahindra Lifespaces, Majid al Futtaim, New World Development, Saint-Gobain and Skanska, have developed a new framework for aligning all actors of the built environment around a common language for carbon emissions. The Building System Carbon Framework is targeted at companies involved in manufacturing, designing, constructing, investing, owning, operating, occupying, renovating and demolishing buildings.

To meet the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5°C, it is essential to decarbonize our economy completely by 2050. For the built environment, this means reaching net-zero emissions across all activities in the building and construction system. However, the challenge is significant. The built environment is currently responsible for 40% of the global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to achieve net zero, companies must collaborate.

The Building System Carbon Framework facilitates cooperation within the diverse and fragmented building and construction system, using a common metrics and a full life-cycle approach. It is neutral on materials and solutions and bridges embodied and operational carbon, which is a vital prerequisite for the decarbonization of the built environment.

The new framework is designed to be a user-friendly reporting tool that provides a clear overview of the carbon emissions in the building and construction system. By simplifying the reporting structure, it enables reflections and opportunities for dialogue between stakeholders and allows them to identify the best emissions-reduction strategies for all parts of the value chain.

This framework has been developed as part of WBCSD’s Transforming the Built Environment project and will form the base for future work within the Decarbonization workstream. As a first next step, the Building System Carbon Framework will be applied in case studies conducted in collaboration with project members. We invite new members and partners to join us in this venture.

For more information, please contact Luca De Giovanetti

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