Whole Life Carbon Vision

The World Green Building Council and the GBCs participating in the Advancing Net Zero project are dedicated to supporting market transformation towards total sector decarbonisation.

Our ‘Whole Life Carbon Vision’ infographic set out our framework for achieving this visions, including key target dates, definitions for net zero operational and net zero embodied carbon buildings, and the key principles to ensure best practice in achieving these targets.

WorldGBC recognises that in most situations, net zero energy buildings, i.e. buildings that generate 100% of their energy needs on-site, are not feasible, and that net zero embodied carbon should be pursued as part of a whole lifecycle approach to carbon reduction that includes net zero operational carbon. 

Therefore a net zero carbon vision that acknowledges the time value of carbon emissions from materials and construction, as well as recognising the role of offsets in facilitating the transition, is more appropriate for the mass scale required to achieve the urgent and significant carbon emission reductions necessary to align with IPCC guidance.

We believe that this enormous challenge will be achieved through radical cross-sector collaboration, and our Green Building Councils are leading the way.

 

 

The World Green Building Council and the GBCs participating in the Advancing Net Zero project are dedicated to supporting market transformation towards total sector decarbonisation.

Our ‘Whole Life Carbon Vision’ infographic set out our framework for achieving this visions, including key target dates, definitions for net zero operational and net zero embodied carbon buildings, and the key principles to ensure best practice in achieving these targets.

WorldGBC recognises that in most situations, net zero energy buildings, i.e. buildings that generate 100% of their energy needs on-site, are not feasible, and that net zero embodied carbon should be pursued as part of a whole lifecycle approach to carbon reduction that includes net zero operational carbon. 

Therefore a net zero carbon vision that acknowledges the time value of carbon emissions from materials and construction, as well as recognising the role of offsets in facilitating the transition, is more appropriate for the mass scale required to achieve the urgent and significant carbon emission reductions necessary to align with IPCC guidance.

We believe that this enormous challenge will be achieved through radical cross-sector collaboration, and our Green Building Councils are leading the way.