This is a global challenge of both supply and demand - our sector has a direct influence on the demand-side element, and the positive news is that today we have the tools and methodologies to deliver buildings that achieve net zero performance. Ground-breaking deep retrofit projects are exemplars for how this can be achieved in the 80% of buildings we see today, that will also exist in 2050, and new build carbon positive schemes show the world a future of net gain.
As each day passes, we compress the timeline between now and 2050, and let’s not forget that this commitment is merely to stop the harm that has already been done to our planet, not reverse it. Global collaboration remains our most influential solution to this global challenge, alongside a universal measurement framework acting as the catalyst for stretching country and sector carbon reduction targets. A piecemeal approach will not work, this must be a global commitment for radical change.