We are getting closer to a net zero carbon definition

7 February 2019

Joel Gustafsson from Max Fordham is part of the UKGBC Net Zero Carbon Building Group; a Task Group made up of 37 representatives from businesses across the built environment value chain and is supported by 13 industry trade associations, professional institutions and non-profit organisations.

The Task Group aims to build a consensus within the construction and property industry about the outcomes needed to achieve net zero carbon buildings, with a consistent approach for building design and management, and informing the future development of voluntary initiatives and local and national policy. 

This week, UKGBC published a consultation paper inviting feedback on a proposed definition for net zero carbon buildings in the UK. The consultation provides the initial proposals from the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Task Group which is developing a framework definition in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Feedback is being sought from businesses and stakeholders throughout the construction and property industry. The consultation paper is available on the UKGBC website and responses can be submitted online. Stakeholder workshops are also being hosted in Manchester on Tuesday 12 February and London on Tuesday 19 February to gather further feedback. The deadline for responses to the consultation is Friday 1 March 2019. 

At Max Fordham we always strive to minimise the environmental impact of our projects, this aim is sometimes hindered by legislation and policy. The work undertaken by this group has generated a set of principles that, if adopted, can inform policy such that it aligns with this aim. We encourage all of our clients and collaborators to engage.