Linda Wade’s Opinion
Representatives from more than 200 countries gathered last year in Glasgow for the COP26 Conference. They agreed to targets to promote sustainability as well as address climate change. Global Coal to Clean Energy Transition DeclarationTo reduce CO2 emissions More than 90% of the global GDPIt is now covered by net zero obligations. To reach them, countries must focus on their built environment and, more importantly, the technology available to support the sector.
The built environment and infrastructure alone contributes approximately 5% to the UK’s GDP 40% of total carbon footprintIf we want to reduce carbon emissions, half of this comes from buildings’ energy output. This shouldn’t be difficult given the technology that allows for critical measurements and data tracking to allow businesses to track how they are doing with sustainability.
The Built Environment trails net zero commitments
Every sector is affected by sustainability goals. We are seeing greater adoption of technology in the transport industry to combat issues like diesel burning. In the same vein, supply chains as well as designers are seeking ways to embrace the circular economy at all stages of product development.
In comparison, the built environment has not received the same level of engagement in sustainability. 2013 however saw a significant increase in the number of people who are engaged with sustainability. Infrastructure Carbon ReviewIt was found that infrastructure was responsible for more than half of the UK’s carbon emissions. 30% of this was directly attributable to maintenance, operation, and construction of assets. Almost 10 years later, even though there has been some progress, it is still not enough. Not enough time to make it happen.To reach ambitious goals.
The built environment has an opportunity to take advantage of the technology available today, and play a greater role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.