COP21 – Paris : Green commitment by Green Building Councils in Asia

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A total of 25 Green Building Councils around the world commits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that the building and construction sector play its part in limiting global warming to 2 degrees.

Under ambitious commitments by Green Building Councils at the COP21 in Paris, more than 1.25 billion square metres of buildings (almost double the size of Singapore) will be registered, renovated or certified as green building space over the next five years.

According to Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council,  committing to an area of green building twice the size of Singapore over the next five years is just the start. In the next 10-15 years, there will be a green building revolution which will see sustainable buildings as the norm. She added that the building sector is a major contributor to climate change.

All 74 national Green Building Councils supporting the commitment from the World GBC aims to achieve Net Zero carbon new building and energy efficient refurbishment of the existing building stock by 2050.

Singapore Green Building Council, along with their members, will work with the government to attain the target of 80% of buildings in Singapore to achieve BCA Green Mark standards by 2030 and continually promote green building design, practices and technology.

Singapore Green Building Council also unveiled their commitment in terms of value chain transformation. They will work with the government to support the intent of Singapore’s INDC to reduce emission intensity by 36% from 2005 levels by 2030 and stabilise its emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030.

In contrary, Hong kong Green Building Council will implement the HK3030 Campaign to reduce electricity consumption of buildings by 30% compared to the 2005 level by the year 2030 – creating a building energy consumption database and encourage buildings to perform better than statutory requirements.

By 2022, Indian Green Building Council commits to increasing the facilitation of 10 billion sq. ft of registered green building footprint through voluntary industry-led initiatives.

Terri Wills also added that Buildings Day in COP 21 – Paris is marked as a turning point in history for politicians and business leaders as both parties jointly recognise that Green Building Councils can lead to economic growth without risking life on the planet. She also emphasized that the “private sector is a driving force in achieving this goal.”

 

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