The built environment sector must work together cohesively to achieve the rapid decarbonisation required to reach net zero emissions.
Current efforts across the sector are varied and at times work towards inconsistent outcomes, limiting the potential for collective action. Whilst the Climate Commitment Platform maps the current level of targets set in the sector, there is a need for clear direction to work towards consistent outcomes.
UKGBC’s Climate Leadership Model has been developed as a shared, common resource to guide all built environment organisations committed to tackling the climate crisis, and for relevant industry bodies and practitioners to feed into. It summarises what leadership is required from different sub-sectors in order to achieve net zero emissions overall.
The model focuses on scopes of emissions and desired outcomes, rather than prescribing principles for good carbon management (e.g. educating staff, measurement and reporting, setting science-based targets). Companies should compare their own climate commitments against the model to evaluate if there are opportunities to increase the scope or level of ambition of their carbon targets. Findings from the Climate Commitment Platform will be used to update the model to ensure it is responsive to the level of climate leadership required in the industry.
The scope of activities have been broadly placed under the following three categories:
- Direct Control – emissions from a company’s own operations (scope 1 and 2 emissions).
- Value Chain – emissions outside of a company’s direct control, however which it has the ability to influence (scope 3 emissions).
- Advocacy & Influence – key activities that a company should undertake to stimulate wider market transformation and system change.
The model provides links to other relevant built environment programmes and commitments, including the WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. This commitment encourages signatories to champion a net zero carbon built environment, starting with their own buildings and through influence of their entire value chain. It is considered the most relevant for built environment organisations and is listed against all sub-sectors.
The model was launched on 20th September 2019 to coincide with UKGBC’s support for the Global Climate Strike with input from several industry bodies (listed at bottom of page). The model is intended to be refined via further collaboration and is intended to be a live resource which can be continually updated. In this way, the currently fragmented built environment sector should be better aligned and consistent in its efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
If you would like to be provide feedback on the model, please email ANZ@ukgbc.org.