Our Chair Lynne Sullivan OBE has recently authored an article that has been featured on UnlockNetZero.
“In 2013, as a founder member of the Green Construction Board (then an independent advisory committee to UK government on sustainability in the built environment co-chaired by the BEIS Minister) I and colleagues commissioned a Low Carbon Routemap for our sector.
We believed this was essential to inform our work programme: to compare actual business-as-usual emissions from the built environment against the then target of 80% carbon reduction by 2050. Even then, with key elements such as capital carbon of infrastructure excluded, it was clear from the modelling that more urgency must be brought to bear, particularly on reduction of operational emissions from heating, since maintaining BAU and even the median ‘central’ scenario of interventions got us nowhere near where we needed to be to satisfy the UK Climate Change Act. Eight years on, the UK Green Building Council has produced a follow-up updated built environment Net Zero model (funded by the Laudes Foundation) – as part of a global network of Green Building Councils’ routemaps to be showcased at COP26 – and I represent Green Construction Board, now part of CLC, as well as the Good Homes Alliance on the project Steering Group…”