Campaign Ambassadors 2020

We are delighted to have the support of the following influential sustainability leaders for World Green Building Week 2020.

Global Campaign Ambassadors

   

Nigel Topping, High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26

"With 39% of energy-related emissions attributed to the built environment, we cannot ignore the enormous impact the sector has on our climate. It's time to prioritise net zero buildings as a solution."

   

Gonzalo Muñoz, High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP25

"In a post COVID19 world, buildings and cities play an even more critical role. Designing buildings based on circular economy principles, so they can generate energy, grow food, and purify air and water. Those are part of the solutions for the net zero and resilient world we urgently need."

   

María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition  

"Business has a vital role to play in decarbonizing the built environment, limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC and achieving net-zero emissions across the built environment life-cycle by 2050. A growing number of leading companies are showing the way such as HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim and thyssenkrupp. We urge all companies to join in the Race to Zero."

 

   

Annica Bresky, CEO and President, Stora Enso

"The new normal after Covid-19 must be a more sustainable normal. We urgently need policies that encourage the use of low-carbon materials in achieving net-zero buildings. The climate cannot wait."

 

   

Kent Jackson, Climate Action Group Lead Partner, SOM

"It is an honour to accept the World Green Building Council’s invitation to join them as Ambassador for the 11th World Green Building Week, supporting their crucial #ActOnClimate campaign. I look forward to this exciting opportunity for collaboration with other global leaders, to help amplify the call to action for governments and policymakers worldwide to actively drive transition to net zero carbon buildings. There has been significant discussion around climate change - our challenge is time. We must tackle this crisis through collective implementation of bold and ambitious, sustainable (building) solutions that will protect the health of our planet and its population - the time is now".

   

Wong Heang Fine, CEO, Surbana Jurong

“World Green Building Week is an opportunity for every organisation to reflect on its role in creating a more sustainable environment. As an organisation, Surbana Jurong is taking accretive steps towards decarbonising the buildings and structures that we design as well as those we use for our own operations. We provide step change solutions for sustainability in every phase of a project lifecycle as a global multidisciplinary urbanisation, infrastructure and managed services consultancy.”

   

Clay G Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy

“I am honored to join with other World Green Building Week Ambassadors in encouraging policymakers, governments and the buildings industry to take urgent action to deliver a net zero carbon built environment.  By acting on climate and greening every building, we are helping communities build back better - improving health and wellness, stimulating local economies and protecting the environment.  To meet these ambitious building decarbonization goals, we will need to integrate active efficiency measures, including electrification and digitalization, with renewable energy resources.”

   

Gene M. Murtagh, CEO, Kingspan

"Decarbonising buildings must go right to the top of the priority list for policy-makers and everyone in the property and construction industry. The tools and technologies are available to do this now, and with the right political will our industry can be at the heart of the green recovery and make a huge impact on Climate Change. We’re proud to support #ActOnClimate, and to sponsor the WorldGBC Advancing Net Zero project. We’re playing our part too as manufacturers, with hard targets to achieve across our global operations by 2030, including net zero carbon manufacturing and a 50% material carbon intensity reduction from our primary supply partners. Well done to the WorldGBC for creating this important moment to drive action."

   

Anders Danielsson, President and CEO, Skanska

"If we are to slow down climate change, the entire construction sector must make great changes. At Skanska we work with innovative energy- and resource-efficient solutions in order to transition to renewable energy and low-carbon materials, such as green concrete."

   

Katie McGinty, Chief Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Johnson Controls​

   

Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO, Saint-Gobain

“Act on climate: today it is no longer a question of whether or why: it is a matter of "how". We need to dramatically accelerate in delivering towards a net zero carbon built environment, and beyond that, sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere. That means highly energy-efficient buildings, that guarantee occupant comfort and protect their health; that means resource efficiency and circular design… We must achieve greater transparency and adopt a common language regarding carbon impact across the whole value chain. A platform such as the WorldGBC and its flagship event the World Green Building Week brings invaluable help in stepping up our collective efforts.”

   

Dominik von Achten, CEO, Heidelberg Cement

"The World Green Building Week is a great opportunity to underline our commitment to a carbon-neutral construction industry, and ultimately towards a carbon-neutral society. HeidelbergCement is determined to lead the transformation and shape our industry in that direction: Our clear goal is to reduce our CO2 emissions by 30% until 2025 and offer carbon-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest."

   

Justin Johnson, Director - Climate, CIFF

“WGBC’s work to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector is essential in tackling the climate emergency – they are helping forge a path to net zero that also works for people, communities and businesses.  I wish them a successful World Green Building Week!”

   

Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-founder and Managing Director, GRESB​

“Now more than ever, real estate and infrastructure sectors need to commit to a net zero future. We are eager to do our part to empower the industry to move in this direction by providing investors and managers with the tools and data they need. It’s only by working together and engaging in dialogue that we will be able to achieve a shared vision of sustainable real assets.”

       

 

Regional Ambassadors

 

   

Ignacio Santelices, Executive Director, Energy Sustainability Agency (Chile)

“Most of our lives are spent in buildings, whether they are our homes or offices. The quality of life that these buildings give us and the energy expenditure, both depend directly on the energy efficiency standard they have. We have a great challenge in retrofitting existing homes and improving the standards of new buildings, through public -private collaboration, in which the GBC can play a critical role. In addition, it is a great opportunity to reactivate the economy and create new jobs."

   

Paola Valencia Marticorena, Executive Secretary of Sustainable Construction | DITEC Ministry of Housing and Urbanism | Government of Chile

"Chile is committed to face the climate crisis, declaring in the last NDC its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This means a paradigm shift in the way of approaching development for our country and in particular for the construction industry.

Along with the above mentioned, the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism of Chile has implemented a Sustainable Construction agenda for several years now.  Whose principles are based on promoting the reduction of environmental impacts of the building sector, responsibly managing natural resources, contributing to a better quality of life for people and building cities that are environmentally friendly.

In this sense, and in line with the national commitment to carbon neutrality, the Ministry has promoted the creation of a public-private committee whose focus is to coordinate different stakeholders of this sector to promote efficient carbon management in the construction industry.

The first product of the committee was a three-year Roadmap where initiatives from public and private institutions were integrated into three lines of work; data collection, implementation of calculators and implementation of a monitoring system, reporting and verification of the sector's footprint.

Currently, this committee is developing the National Strategy for the Management of the Carbon Footprint of Construction, with the objective of encouraging the construction sector to handle its resources in a sustainable way through the management of the sector's carbon footprint."

   

Gabriel Prudencio, Head of Sustainable Energies Division. Ministry of Energy, Chile

“The Chilean Government has made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. More effective policies to achieve more energy efficient buildings play a key role as these can help achieve a substantial reduction of  GHG emissions.

Chile, like all the Parties, subscribed to the Paris Agreement, must implement the necessary strategies to fulfill the commitments agreed in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The Ministry of Energy in Chile is carrying out a decarbonization plan of the electric matrix by 2040 that would bring a reduction of 7.5 MtCO2eq by 2050. Our NDC includes specific strategies to achieve energy efficiency in buildings and residential units in particular.

 We are currently co-leading the National Whole Life Carbon Roundtable under which we are developing a national strategy to achieve a carbon zero built environment by 2050.  This initiative is developed in collaboration with leading public and private institutions in the construction industry. Some of the objectives in the short term (2020-2025) are to: develop the first embodied carbon benchmark for existing residential and commercial buildings, understand data needs and developing tools to assess whole life carbon in the industry. We are also implementing actions to advance in the definition of Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) for Chile. 

Chile, like other countries is facing an economic crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic that will continue to require innovative solutions to overcome the challenges that our local economies face: In this sense, this brings many opportunities for decarbonization while achieving environmental stewardship, economic reactivation, and just transition."

   

Jyrki Katainen, President of The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra​ (Finland)

“The environment and spending time in nature are very close to my heart. When I was Vice-President of the European Commission, I thought a great deal about the importance of taking care not only of economic structures but also of the other foundations of life. Much has already been done in Finland to build our future on a sustainable base, for example by introducing circular economy practices. But much still remains to be done. 

How we use the land and natural resources determines our ability to preserve biodiversity and tackle the climate crisis. Good planning combined with the use of circular economy practices and operating models, helps us find a balance between nature, natural resource use and human actions. 

At the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, we have been working for more than 50 years to ensure Finland’s global success and to maintain a high level of well-being for all Finns. The Green Building Council Finland, which Sitra helped to establish a decade ago, has joined us and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment to build a foundation for a circular economy in the built environment. It is a pleasure to endorse this work."

We are delighted to have the support of the following influential sustainability leaders for World Green Building Week 2020.

Global Campaign Ambassadors

   

Nigel Topping, High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26

"With 39% of energy-related emissions attributed to the built environment, we cannot ignore the enormous impact the sector has on our climate. It's time to prioritise net zero buildings as a solution."

   

Gonzalo Muñoz, High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP25

"In a post COVID19 world, buildings and cities play an even more critical role. Designing buildings based on circular economy principles, so they can generate energy, grow food, and purify air and water. Those are part of the solutions for the net zero and resilient world we urgently need."

   

María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition  

"Business has a vital role to play in decarbonizing the built environment, limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC and achieving net-zero emissions across the built environment life-cycle by 2050. A growing number of leading companies are showing the way such as HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim and thyssenkrupp. We urge all companies to join in the Race to Zero."

 

   

Annica Bresky, CEO and President, Stora Enso

"The new normal after Covid-19 must be a more sustainable normal. We urgently need policies that encourage the use of low-carbon materials in achieving net-zero buildings. The climate cannot wait."

 

   

Kent Jackson, Climate Action Group Lead Partner, SOM

"It is an honour to accept the World Green Building Council’s invitation to join them as Ambassador for the 11th World Green Building Week, supporting their crucial #ActOnClimate campaign. I look forward to this exciting opportunity for collaboration with other global leaders, to help amplify the call to action for governments and policymakers worldwide to actively drive transition to net zero carbon buildings. There has been significant discussion around climate change - our challenge is time. We must tackle this crisis through collective implementation of bold and ambitious, sustainable (building) solutions that will protect the health of our planet and its population - the time is now".

   

Wong Heang Fine, CEO, Surbana Jurong

“World Green Building Week is an opportunity for every organisation to reflect on its role in creating a more sustainable environment. As an organisation, Surbana Jurong is taking accretive steps towards decarbonising the buildings and structures that we design as well as those we use for our own operations. We provide step change solutions for sustainability in every phase of a project lifecycle as a global multidisciplinary urbanisation, infrastructure and managed services consultancy.”

   

Clay G Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy

“I am honored to join with other World Green Building Week Ambassadors in encouraging policymakers, governments and the buildings industry to take urgent action to deliver a net zero carbon built environment.  By acting on climate and greening every building, we are helping communities build back better - improving health and wellness, stimulating local economies and protecting the environment.  To meet these ambitious building decarbonization goals, we will need to integrate active efficiency measures, including electrification and digitalization, with renewable energy resources.”

   

Gene M. Murtagh, CEO, Kingspan

"Decarbonising buildings must go right to the top of the priority list for policy-makers and everyone in the property and construction industry. The tools and technologies are available to do this now, and with the right political will our industry can be at the heart of the green recovery and make a huge impact on Climate Change. We’re proud to support #ActOnClimate, and to sponsor the WorldGBC Advancing Net Zero project. We’re playing our part too as manufacturers, with hard targets to achieve across our global operations by 2030, including net zero carbon manufacturing and a 50% material carbon intensity reduction from our primary supply partners. Well done to the WorldGBC for creating this important moment to drive action."

   

Anders Danielsson, President and CEO, Skanska

"If we are to slow down climate change, the entire construction sector must make great changes. At Skanska we work with innovative energy- and resource-efficient solutions in order to transition to renewable energy and low-carbon materials, such as green concrete."

   

Katie McGinty, Chief Sustainability, Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Johnson Controls​

   

Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO, Saint-Gobain

“Act on climate: today it is no longer a question of whether or why: it is a matter of "how". We need to dramatically accelerate in delivering towards a net zero carbon built environment, and beyond that, sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere. That means highly energy-efficient buildings, that guarantee occupant comfort and protect their health; that means resource efficiency and circular design… We must achieve greater transparency and adopt a common language regarding carbon impact across the whole value chain. A platform such as the WorldGBC and its flagship event the World Green Building Week brings invaluable help in stepping up our collective efforts.”

   

Dominik von Achten, CEO, Heidelberg Cement


"The World Green Building Week is a great opportunity to underline our commitment to a carbon-neutral construction industry, and ultimately towards a carbon-neutral society. HeidelbergCement is determined to lead the transformation and shape our industry in that direction: Our clear goal is to reduce our CO2 emissions by 30% until 2025 and offer carbon-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest."

   

Justin Johnson, Director - Climate, CIFF

“WGBC’s work to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector is essential in tackling the climate emergency – they are helping forge a path to net zero that also works for people, communities and businesses.  I wish them a successful World Green Building Week!”

   

Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-founder and Managing Director, GRESB​

“Now more than ever, real estate and infrastructure sectors need to commit to a net zero future. We are eager to do our part to empower the industry to move in this direction by providing investors and managers with the tools and data they need. It’s only by working together and engaging in dialogue that we will be able to achieve a shared vision of sustainable real assets.”

       

 

Regional Ambassadors

 

   

Ignacio Santelices, Executive Director, Energy Sustainability Agency (Chile)

“Most of our lives are spent in buildings, whether they are our homes or offices. The quality of life that these buildings give us and the energy expenditure, both depend directly on the energy efficiency standard they have. We have a great challenge in retrofitting existing homes and improving the standards of new buildings, through public -private collaboration, in which the GBC can play a critical role. In addition, it is a great opportunity to reactivate the economy and create new jobs."

   

Paola Valencia Marticorena, Executive Secretary of Sustainable Construction | DITEC Ministry of Housing and Urbanism | Government of Chile

"Chile is committed to face the climate crisis, declaring in the last NDC its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This means a paradigm shift in the way of approaching development for our country and in particular for the construction industry.

Along with the above mentioned, the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism of Chile has implemented a Sustainable Construction agenda for several years now.  Whose principles are based on promoting the reduction of environmental impacts of the building sector, responsibly managing natural resources, contributing to a better quality of life for people and building cities that are environmentally friendly.

In this sense, and in line with the national commitment to carbon neutrality, the Ministry has promoted the creation of a public-private committee whose focus is to coordinate different stakeholders of this sector to promote efficient carbon management in the construction industry.

The first product of the committee was a three-year Roadmap where initiatives from public and private institutions were integrated into three lines of work; data collection, implementation of calculators and implementation of a monitoring system, reporting and verification of the sector's footprint.

Currently, this committee is developing the National Strategy for the Management of the Carbon Footprint of Construction, with the objective of encouraging the construction sector to handle its resources in a sustainable way through the management of the sector's carbon footprint."

   

Gabriel Prudencio, Head of Sustainable Energies Division. Ministry of Energy, Chile

“The Chilean Government has made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. More effective policies to achieve more energy efficient buildings play a key role as these can help achieve a substantial reduction of  GHG emissions.

Chile, like all the Parties, subscribed to the Paris Agreement, must implement the necessary strategies to fulfill the commitments agreed in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The Ministry of Energy in Chile is carrying out a decarbonization plan of the electric matrix by 2040 that would bring a reduction of 7.5 MtCO2eq by 2050. Our NDC includes specific strategies to achieve energy efficiency in buildings and residential units in particular.

 We are currently co-leading the National Whole Life Carbon Roundtable under which we are developing a national strategy to achieve a carbon zero built environment by 2050.  This initiative is developed in collaboration with leading public and private institutions in the construction industry. Some of the objectives in the short term (2020-2025) are to: develop the first embodied carbon benchmark for existing residential and commercial buildings, understand data needs and developing tools to assess whole life carbon in the industry. We are also implementing actions to advance in the definition of Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) for Chile. 

Chile, like other countries is facing an economic crisis due to the COVID19 pandemic that will continue to require innovative solutions to overcome the challenges that our local economies face: In this sense, this brings many opportunities for decarbonization while achieving environmental stewardship, economic reactivation, and just transition."

   

Jyrki Katainen, President of The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra​ (Finland)

“The environment and spending time in nature are very close to my heart. When I was Vice-President of the European Commission, I thought a great deal about the importance of taking care not only of economic structures but also of the other foundations of life. Much has already been done in Finland to build our future on a sustainable base, for example by introducing circular economy practices. But much still remains to be done. 

How we use the land and natural resources determines our ability to preserve biodiversity and tackle the climate crisis. Good planning combined with the use of circular economy practices and operating models, helps us find a balance between nature, natural resource use and human actions. 

At the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, we have been working for more than 50 years to ensure Finland’s global success and to maintain a high level of well-being for all Finns. The Green Building Council Finland, which Sitra helped to establish a decade ago, has joined us and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment to build a foundation for a circular economy in the built environment. It is a pleasure to endorse this work."

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