The Commitment calls upon business, organisations, cities, states and regions to take urgent, courageous and immediate climate action towards decarbonising the built environment. We must commit... we must act, together.
The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment) challenges companies, cities, states and regions to reach Net Zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be Net Zero in operation by 2050.
By setting ambitious ‘absolute’ targets, the Commitment aims to maximise the chances of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees, and ideally below 1.5 degrees, by drastically reducing operating emissions from buildings.
The Commitment provides a framework for organisations to develop globally ambitious yet locally relevant, flexible and universally viable solutions for their portfolio to both reduce energy demand and achieve net zero carbon emissions. For businesses, the Commitment is one of three pathways available to join EP100.
Find out more in our Commitment Overview Document.
The Commitment officially launched at the Global Climate Action Summit on 13th September, 2018. A large number of signatories from companies, cities, states and regions convened to show leadership in climate action and publicly declare the need for net zero carbon buildings at scale.
Since launching, a wide range of entities have become signatories of the Commitment. Each signatory is unique. Whilst they have their own strategies, complexities and opportunities for their buildings they all share a common goal. Through this goal and as part of this community, all signatories show the possibilities of achieving Net Zero globally and may share their lessons, knowledge and leadership.
Who can join?
To become a signatory, entities must demonstrate an equivalent level of ambition and impact as the leadership required by the Commitment. This can be through
- International presence to stimulate global markets;
- Significant presence in their country;
- Significant capacity to influence the built environment;
- High level of carbon emissions within their sector relative to an average entity; and/or
- High potential for advocacy to increase uptake within industry
In addition to whole organisations, divisions of entities and non-profit institutions are are also eligible to sign up to the Commitment, subject to eligibility requirements. Contact your local GBC to find out more information.