Industry comes together to collaborate on Whole Life Carbon Roadmap project

07 April, 2021

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has announced four new task groups and a Steering Group which will support the development of the Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the Built Environment.

The Roadmap, announced in December, aims to develop a trajectory of carbon reduction targets and actions, covering the total lifecycle impact of the built environment in the UK, and secure the support of relevant industry actors in delivering decarbonisation. The project is a co-owned process that brings together key stakeholders from across the built environment sector.

Four task groups comprised of over 50 experts have been formed to work through the decarbonisation implications across sectors and develop a timeline of solutions. An industry-wide Steering Group has also been formed to oversee the Roadmap and provide strategic input throughout the process.

This project is part of a multi-national project (#BuildingLife) coordinated by WorldGBC and made possible with the support of Laudes Foundation and Ikea Foundation. The development of national Roadmaps will be led by GBCs across 10 European markets in the lead up to COP26 and will aim to build a common vision and agreed actions for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

UKGBC will undertake a consultation on the draft roadmap proposals in June-July 2021 to capture perspectives from across the industry.

Tom Spurrier, Roadmap Project Lead at UKGBC, said:

“Delivering the carbon reductions required to bring us in line with a 1.5 degree trajectory is an industry-wide challenge that must be met with an industry-wide response. It is therefore essential we come together to develop a shared, coherent plan of action which sets out clear actions and targets for stakeholders across our industry to work towards, which is exactly the purpose of the Whole Life Carbon Roadmap project.

“The volume of applications received for each task group is testament to the level of ambition across our industry. The practical experience and input from each task group member will be instrumental in ensuring the Roadmap can be readily adopted by industry, and put us on track to meeting our climate targets without delay.”

Four task groups have been formed to support the development of UKGBC’s Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the built environment. Each Task Group will also be supported by an individual in the Next Generation cohort. These are early career professionals who will be helping deliver a net zero built environment now and in the future.

Sarah Jolliffe, BAM Nuttall's Carbon Reduction Lead, will be a representative in the Infrastructure Task Group:

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