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Scientists call for revamped and increased carbon pricing

A group of climate scientists has called for a complete revamp of carbon pricing mechanisms in the build-up to COP26 to ensure that they actively reflect the scale of action required to respond to the climate crisis and enable businesses to deliver deep emissions cuts.

The CCAG is calling for a revamp of carbon pricing policies and mechanisms

The CCAG is calling for a revamp of carbon pricing policies and mechanisms

The Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) has set out seven key recommendations for global leaders to consider during negotiations at COP26. It is hoped the recommendations will make carbon pricing more effective.

Current data from the UN suggests that, based on NDCs, the world is on track for 3C of warming. Separate data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also warns that emissions must have been reduced by at least 45% by 2030 compared to 2010 levels to put the world on course to alleviate the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

As such, the CCAG is calling for a revamp of carbon pricing policies and mechanisms.

As well as raising the price of carbon, CCAG also calls for greater sectoral coverage to enable businesses from all parts of the economy to consider deep mitigation actions. Geographical consideration of carbon pricing should also be considered and pricing should also look to cover all forms of greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, the CCAG calls for carbon price revenues to be redistributed equally to help vulnerable communities, while increased funding should also be made available from high-income countries to developing nations to help them strengthen policies.

The final call from scientists is for governments to be prepared for institutional changes in policy making to include systems thinking, learning and adaptation and knowledge-sharing across countries.

CCAG’s chair Sir David King said: “Carbon pricing schemes have had a positive and significant impact on emissions reductions so far, particularly when it comes to transitioning away from the use of coal and oil, as well as in some areas on clean energy innovation.

 “A properly functioning carbon price covering a large number of countries would send clear signals across global supply chains and help address the distributional impacts of the energy transition. Without significant international fiscal policy revisions such as this, we will categorically lose our fight against climate change, where climate-related disasters become our only certainty.”

Article 6

The recommendations were launched ahead of COP26, where global leaders will discuss carbon markets set out in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

According to the International Monetary Fund, the global average carbon price in 2020 was just $3 per tonne. Some nations, including Canada, have set out requirements for carbon pricing to rise exponentially in the coming years; some Canadian provinces have committed to CAN$170 per tonne in 2030, up from CAN$10 in 2018. But this remains the exception, rather than the norm.

Some green groups have already called for a “radical overhaul” of carbon pricing, in the aim of reaching a $147 minimum price per tonne by the early 2030s.

CCAG also proposes an alternative approach to carbon pricing – one which levies charges at the point of fossil fuel extraction, based on the amount of carbon formed in any process in which it would be used as fuel.

Matt Mace

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Orchard Street accelerates net-zero targets through new pathway

Commercial property investment manager Orchard Street has published a pathway to net-zero emissions, including a plan to reach the milestone for corporate and landlord emissions and refurbishments 20 years earlier than planned.

Pictured: The Bauhaus office block in Manchester, which is WELL Gold certified

Pictured: The Bauhaus office block in Manchester, which is WELL Gold certified

Orchard Street, which manages retail units, offices and industrial facilities worth more than £4bn, outlined plans to reach net-zero ahead of the UK government’s 2050 deadline at the start of this year.

The company has today unveiled a pathway to its net-zero ambitions. The pathway includes two new commitments – to reach net-zero across corporate and landlord emissions and refurbishments by 2030 and to reach net-zero for occupier emissions and fit-outs by 2040. These announcements are 20 and 10 years ahead of the original plans respectively.

The pathway was devised following extensive and direct engagement with its clients.

Orchard Street’s head of responsibility and ESG Lora Brill said: “The acceleration of our net-zero carbon pathway reflects our deep conviction that there is not only an environmental benefit of converting our portfolios to become net-zero carbon but a real financial driver.

“With significant regulatory changes on the horizon, and with rapidly increasing occupier requirements for sustainable buildings as businesses set out their own net-zero carbon targets, we would be failing in our governance and stewardship responsibilities if we failed to consider the financial impact.”

Occupiers’ emissions represent more than 90% of Orchard Street’s total annual carbon footprint. With this in mind, its net-zero strategy focuses more on its managed buildings than its direct operations.

To ensure that decarbonisation work starts across the broader portfolio as soon as possible, the business is targeting a 25% reduction in occupier carbon intensity by 2025. Occupiers will be supported to improve energy efficiency through retrofitting, digital technologies and behaviour change schemes. The company will also aim to have a maximum of 210 kgCO2e/m2 of embodied carbon on refurbishments by 2025.

Targets for 2035 and 2040 will be set in 2030 to ensure “they are sufficiently ambitious and reflect current best practice”, the pathway report notes. This is in line with the advice of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative.

The business has become the latest signatory to the Better Buildings Partnership’s Climate Commitment. Launched in 2019, the commitment aims to transform the real estate sector to deliver net-zero carbon buildings by 2050.

The firm has also outlined plans to report in line with the TCFD’s (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures’) recommendations and has already undertaken scenario analysis – the process of assessing likely climate risk costs in a range of warming scenarios – for this financial year. Orchard Street claims it is already following most TCFD recommendations but will look to continuously enhance its disclosure in line with the TCFD’s going forwards.

“Client engagement has also been critical to setting the timeline and scope of our targets and informed our decision to bring forward our commitments to 2030 and 2040, ahead of the 2040 and 2050 targets that much of our peer group has committed to,” Brill added.


The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings

With buildings now accounting for more than half of total city emissions on average, it’s clear that urgent and dramatic action is required to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment. In addition, the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has seen those that are able to work from home, creating a new dynamic for the energy use and management of corporate buildings.

Inspired by edie’s award-winning Mission Possible: Net-Zero Carbon campaign, The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings, and what steps they can take today to accelerate progress.

Click here to download the report.

Matt Mace

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M&S refreshes Plan A strategy to deliver net-zero value chain by 2040

Retailer M&S has refreshed its iconic Plan A sustainability strategy to encompass a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions across its entire supply chain and product category by 2040.

M&S’s Plan A strategy was launched in 2007

M&S’s Plan A strategy was launched in 2007

The company confirmed in December that it would refresh its flagship Plan A strategy. That decision was partly made as M&S had committed to net-zero emissions in 2020 as part of a cohort of retailers convened through the British Retail Consortium. M&S will aim to be net-zero across its operations by 2035.

M&S has today (30 September) confirmed that Plan A will involve a headline commitment to becoming net-zero across Scope 3 emissions by 2040.

According to the retailer, this will require all areas of the business to decarbonise, with emissions needing to fall by 33% by 2025 from a 5.7million tonne 2017 baseline. 

With the supply chain accounting for 97% of M&S’s emissions, the company’s chief executive Steve Rowe has admitted that the shape of the business will “fundamentally change”.

“We launched Plan A 14 years ago, because we knew then there was no Plan B for our planet. We now face a climate emergency, and in resetting Plan A with a singular focus we can drive the delivery of net zero across our entire end-to-end supply chain,” Rowe said at a business-wide event to more than 70,000 colleagues. “This won’t be easy. We need to transform how we make, move and sell our products to customers and fundamentally change the future shape of our business.

“This is not a far-away promise; we must act now to rapidly cut our footprint. To deliver this, we need our colleagues to better understand the carbon impact of our products and processes, we need to back our suppliers to innovate and adapt to the changing environment and we must work together to help customers enjoy lower carbon lives.”

M&S’s Plan A strategy was launched in 2007 as a pioneering corporate strategy focused on corporate responsibility. In 2017, the strategy was updated to include targets to make all M&S packaging “widely recyclable” by 2022, halve food waste by 2025 and reduce operational emissions by 80% compared to 2007 as part of M&S’s approved science-based target.

Between 2007 and 2017, the Plan A programme has seen M&S exceed its science-based target initiative, having achieved carbon neutrality from its operations. Alongside the 80% emissions reduction target, M&S was aiming to cut supply chain emissions by 13.3m tonnes.

In that time period, Plan A delivered 296 eco and ethical commitments, including improving the energy efficiency of UK and Ireland-located facilities by 39% and reducing carrier bag usage by 80% since 2008.

The wide-spreading initiative has saved more than £750m for M&S and has seen more than 27 million items of clothing “shwopped” since 2008. Other achievements include: sourcing 100% RSPO certified palm oil and converting 99% of wood and 27% of leather to more sustainable sources.

To help deliver a net-zero value chain, M&S has identified 100 colleagues as ‘Carbon Champions’ across key roles in buying, sourcing and operations, while a carbon literacy programme will be introduced for other colleagues.

M&S is collaborating with the wider industry, including The Consumer Goods Forum, the British Retail Consortium, WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2030, Textiles 2030 and the National Farmers’ Union. M&S is a member of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C and part of the Race to Zero campaign.

Matt Mace

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Tidal

Scottish renewables firm Simec Atlantis Energy (SAE) has posted pre-tax losses of £10.7 million for the six months to June 30. It marks a deterioration in trading from losses of £6.2m a year earlier. SAE, which operates the MeyGen tidal array in the Pentland Firth, said there were a number of factors behind the wider losses. The Edinburgh firm added: “There was reduced revenue performance from the MeyGen project as a result of significant outages in three of its four turbines, which necessitated retrieval for onshore repair.

Press & Journal 28th Sept 2021 read more »

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Offshore Wind & Robotics

The global robotics market in the energy sector will be worth £8.4 billion by the middle of the century, according to new research from the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. Given the high growth forecasts, onshore and offshore wind is particularly expected to drive robotics development, with just this segment expected to be worth £1.3 billion by 2030, increasing to £3.5 billion by 2050.

Current 28th Sept 2021 read more »

UP to £15 billion would be added to the Scottish economy through the Crown Estate Scotland seabed leasing process, it has been claimed. And the ScotWind partnership said the success of their bids would enable a £100 million fund to directly invest into Scottish supply chain companies to support the development of their projects.

The National 29th Sept 2021 read more »

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Rewilding

Jeremy Leggett, a former Greenpeace director, will launch a “mass ownership company” ahead of the COP26 climate change conference to acquire land in the Highlands for rewilding and the sequestration of carbon. Mr Leggett will sell one of his two recently purchased rewilding estates, Beldorney near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, to the newly-formed company, Highland Rewilding Ltd.

Scotsman 28th Sept 2021 read more »

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Six top tips for getting to grips with your organisation’s Scope 3 emissions

Most organisations find that a significant proportion of their total emissions footprint is indirect, making Scope 3 emissions a key focus for the net-zero transition. But how can these emissions be accurately measured and reported – and reduced at the pace needed?

For a deeper dive into these tips, the webinar can be streamed on-demand

For a deeper dive into these tips, the webinar can be streamed on-demand

These were the questions which edie sought to answer during its latest masterclass webinar, which was hosted on Thursday 23 September in association with Carbon Intelligence.

WATCH THE WEBINAR ON-DEMAND HERE

The 60-minute session, which is now available to watch on-demand, was attended by hundreds of professionals, providing information on processes from gathering and analysing your Scope 3 data, to engaging key stakeholders and suppliers in ways which support net-zero carbon commitments.

Here, edie rounds up six of the speakers’ key takeaways, which should serve to inform and inspire businesses of all sizes and sectors, regardless of where they are on their journey to address Scope 3 emissions in line with climate science.

1) Understand how to build the business case for reducing Scope 3 emissions

Setting the scene as the webinar began, Carbon Intelligence’s associate director Annabell James emphasised the importance of addressing Scope 3 emissions – not just in terms of environmental benefits, but in economic risks that will doubtless interest any board.

She said: “Scope 3 typically accounts for about 90% of a business’s overall emissions impact, and this really means it is a key area of climate-related risk now and in the future. As such, it’s become a hot topic with investors, regulators and other stakeholders.

“We’re increasingly seeing Scope 3 being included in upcoming regulatory requirements, such as the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (TCFD) reporting requirement. It’s also necessary for any business wishing to set a credible science-based target and net-zero strategy.

“We can no longer afford to ignore Scope 3 emissions if we wish to be seen by our stakeholders as having a credible approach to sustainability and tackling climate change.”

Notably, the Science-Based Targets initiative is increasing the minimum temperature pathway ambition for verification to 1.5C, from the “well-below 2C” minimum at present. For targets to be verified in line with 1.5C, if a business’s Scope 3 emissions account for 40% or more of its total annual footprint, targets must be developed to address at least two-thirds of Scope 3 emissions.

As well as posing risks if not addressed, the speakers also encouraged listeners to frame decarbonisation as a potential “catalyst for change” that can improve supplier relationships, reputation and employee engagement.

2) Read the Greenhouse Gas Protocol

There are multiple guidelines and standards which businesses can follow to map their Scope 3 emissions, but James explained how the GHG Protocol specifically can be used.

The Protocol is overseen by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). It covers both upstream and downstream emissions and is used by the vast majority of large businesses disclosing to CDP, making it widely recognised.

Downstream sources of emissions covered by the Protocol are:

  • Investments
  • Franchises
  • Leased assets
  • Transport, logistics, distribution
  • Processing of sold products
  • Use of products
  • End-of-life treatment for products

Upstream sources of emissions covered by the Protocol are:

  • Purchased goods and services
  • Capital goods
  • Fuel and energy
  • Transport, logistics, distribution
  • Business travel
  • Employee commuting
  • Waste from operations
  • Leased assets

“Not every single category will be relevant to your organisation – this will be dependent on your business model and the sector you operate in,” James noted. She said that, for most businesses, purchased goods and services are likely to represent a significant proportion of Scope 3 emissions. For Avara, the other organisation represented on the panel, purchased goods and services account for 61% of the Scope 3 total.

3) Establish a data hierarchy

Research presented at the World Economic Forum by Carbon Intelligence concluded that a lack of high-quality data, shared from suppliers and other actors along the value chain, is the most common challenge in managing Scope 3 emissions. As has been said many times, you cannot manage what you cannot measure.

Without quality data, James explained, estimates are often used, which can reduce accuracy and does not necessarily lay the foundations for strong engagement. She recommended that businesses use spend-based analysis of  emissions “hotspots” to ensure that data collection and related engagement is meaningfully targeted, in the first instance. From there, larger businesses should expect in-depth Scope 3 modelling to take a minimum around two years.

“The ultimate aim with those key suppliers is to get to a point where they are actually providing you with lifecycle assessment emissions data on the products and services they provide to you,” James said.

Avara’s sustainability manager Sophie Oldfield also emphasised that, without strong data on the environmental footprint of the supply chain, decision-makers will not be adequately informed to properly balance environmental sustainability with the other parts of the ESG agenda – or its own financial ambitions.

Avara, Oldfield explained, has developed a data roadmap to improve the quality and quantity of data over time, from the least granular spend-based estimates in the GHG Protocol, to a hybrid approach, to purely supplier-specific data. Priority to improving granularity has been given to feed and farming emissions, which account for around half of its Scope 3 footprint.

4) Understand that supplier engagement is not a one-size-fits-all activity

Grouping suppliers in terms of spend, emissions and business models is likely to improve engagement, James argued, as solutions can be better targeted.

Suppliers with high emissions and a good track record on sustainability, she explained, will benefit from light-touch engagement. Those with high emissions but which are just beginning their sustainability journey, or which are in hard-to-decarbonise, high-ESG-risk sectors, will need more in-depth engagement and may need to be provided with bespoke tools and resources on measuring and reducing emissions.

Avara’s Oldfield added that having a vertically integrated supply chain can make supplier engagement simpler. The business uses contract and company-owned farms, all of which are managed by its agriculture team, which conducts regular audits, not only to check on climate impacts but on biosecurity and bird health.

She also spoke about how benchmarking can be used to motivate suppliers to improve and to identify specific areas for decarbonisation potential, noting that all efforts to reduce Scope 3 emissions are “ultimately dependent on collaboration”. Beyond the motivating, reporting and engaging piece, Oldfield emphasised, suppliers may need support to change product or packaging design or to upgrade equipment and processes.

5) Consider investing in digital data management tools

“What we’ll see over the next decade is that the volume of data engagement that will be required [will grow], meaning data cannot sit in spreadsheets forever,” said James.

“Businesses are going to need to be able to accurately track their data on a regular basis; monitor how they are engaging with suppliers; measure engagement impacts; use data insights to identify decarbonisation opportunities, and have a way of accurately reporting to key stakeholders with confidence.”

To that end, Carbon Intelligence is in the process of developing a data management solution and is currently in the early adopter phase.

Corporates in a range of sectors, from retail, to agri-food, to technology firms and built environment giants, are already using other digital tools to collect and store data and to engage suppliers. Such tools have proven particularly helpful amid Covid-19, as lockdown restrictions have made site visits and supply chain visits more challenging.

Moreover, data management tools can help businesses avoid greenwashing accusations, giving them the ability to provide up-to-date, detailed and accurate information.

6) Remain flexible with accounting and disclosure approaches

Looking to the future, Carbon Intelligence’s James had a word of caution for the audience. She said: “Greenhouse gas accounting is developing all the time; it’s not as mature as other forms of accounting. Methodologies, approaches and data sources will vary between companies.” But she emphasised that this state of play may well change at a pace.

To this point, the UK Government has not yet made the reporting of Scope 3 emissions mandatory, but strongly encourages this disclosure under Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR). Governments including the UK’s have been pushed by green groups to do more to standardise emissions disclosure, so professionals may see rapid changes in this field in the coming years.

The full masterclass webinar is available to watch on-demand here.

edie Staff

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edie’s next online masterclass to focus on ESOS phase 3

edie’s next online masterclass has been confirmed for Thursday 14 October and will help your business stay ahead of the curve with the third phase of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand for those who have registered

The 45-minute masterclass will air at 1pm on 14 October, and is being hosted in association with Inspired Energy.

—CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE MASTERCLASS—

With ESOS Phase 3 compliance now on the horizon, the Government is planning some significant changes to the Scheme – including requirements for organisations to disclose their ESOS data publicly and carry out an associated net-zero assessment.

What would these changes mean for your business in practice? What are the most effective routes to ESOS Phase 3 compliance? And how can your business seize the “Opportunity” of the Scheme to support your decarbonisation goals?

This 45-minute masterclass will seek to answer all of those questions and more. The masterclass will be based around two expert presentations which break down the ESOS Phase 3 compliance process and outline potential changes to the Scheme. The session will culminate with a live audience Q&A, allowing you to have your ESOS and net-zero questions answered by our experts. 

Inspired Energy’s client optimisation manager Emma Hird has been confirmed as a presenter and edie will announce her co-presenter, a representative for the UK Government, in due course. This session will be chaired by edie’s senior reporter Sarah George.

Discussion points:

  • Changes to ESOS Phase 3: What is the Government planning?
  • Phase 1 and 2 recap: Key learnings for energy managers
  • How to align your energy auditing with net-zero goals

Masterclass chair:

Sarah George
Sarah George, Senior Reporter
edie 

Masterclass presenters: 

 

 

Emma Hird, client optimisation manager, Inspired Energy

Emma Hird is an accomplished Client Optimisation Manager and a CIBSE qualified Low Carbon Consultant, ESOS Lead Assessor, and Heat Networks Consultant. She has personally managed CRC compliance for over 20 corporate clients since the start of Phase 2, as well as taking a lead role in developing ESOS and SECR compliance services.

Additional presenters/speakers TBC

—CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE MASTERCLASS—

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Energy Crisis

Doug Parr: As the effect of the gas price shock starts to seep into the lives of ordinary people over the coming weeks and months – causing bills to rise, energy suppliers to go bust and supermarket shelves to empty – many will be left wondering how the government could have allowed this to happen. While it is true that a global surge in demand, coupled with geopolitical games and electricity supply issues in the UK have resulted in a squeeze on supply and subsequent price hike, this is only half the story. What ministers are failing to talk about as they reassure us that they do “not expect” supplies to run out this winter, is that it is not supply but the UK’s dependency on gas, and the failure of successive governments to wean us off the stuff years ago, that has left the UK dangerously exposed. The UK is one of the most gas-dependent countries in Europe – more than four-fifths of homes are still heated by it and almost half of our electricity is produced by burning it. Failed government policy over decades must shoulder much of the blame. The UK has the least energy-efficient housing stock in western Europe. Yet, we still don’t have a programme in place to insulate the millions of homes across the country that desperately need retrofitting. Insulating the UK housing stock is essential – it would reduce our dependence on gas, our exposure to such price shocks, slash emissions, reduce fuel poverty and, as Greenpeace UK’s recent report pointed out, create up to 138,000 new jobs and inject almost £10bn into the economy. The latter economic benefit would also require a mass rollout of heat pumps, which would further reduce our dependence on gas. But once again, poor policy decisions have gotten in the way. The UK is last when it comes to the sale per household of these sources of clean heating, behind Poland, Slovakia, Estonia and almost everyone else in Europe. New nuclear power cannot realistically help. Continual cost escalation and ever-increasing delivery timeframes have proven that it is not a viable alternative to fossil fuels. According to EDF the next UK plant that could be approved wouldn’t be up and running until 2034 and that’s assuming none of the usual long delays. We can’t wait 13 years or more for a magic nuclear bullet, even if the issues such as waste can be solved.

Independent 26th Sept 2021 read more »

Chris Goodall: The price of natural gas. What has caused the unprecedented spike in price? There’s surprisingly little commentary on this and I have not seen any article that notes that climate change is a big part of the reason. Raised levels of demand in Asia are partly due to uncharacteristically high temperatures raising air conditioning needs. This is also the case in the US. Drought in Brazil has meant its large hydroelectric power supplies have been cut to a fraction of normal levels. Brazil and Argentina together are now importing far more gas than China and taking about 1% of world production.

Carbon Commentary 26th Sept 2021 read more »

Ukraine’s pipeline chief has a stark winter warning for Britain: the geopolitics of Europe’s escalating gas war with Russia are intractable, and the coming supply crunch is likely to force brutal demand destruction in industry and homes. Yuriy Vitrenko, head of the Ukrainian energy and pipeline nexus Naftogaz, said that Western capitulation to Vladimir Putin’s gas blackmail would embolden Russia to launch a full-scale war on former Soviet territory. He warned that the Kremlin has taken advantage of an acute global gas shortage to weaponise flows to Europe. “Last year Gazprom booked 65bcm (billion cubic metres) of transit through Ukraine and this year it is only 40bcm. That’s why you are not getting your 25bcm of gas. It’s as easy as that,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

Telegraph 26th Sept 2021 read more »

Sam Laidlaw: The panacea is large scale and economically viable battery storage, enabling consumers across the country to depend on low carbon power as and when they need it. But while such technology exists on a small scale, large scale battery storage remains many years away. The uncomfortable truth is that even if today the UK had double its capacity of renewable energy, it would not have helped with the recent power crunch as the country was experiencing a period of low pressure weather, meaning that the wind simply wasn’t blowing. Returns on renewables investments – at least in the short term – are not sufficient on their own to finance the capital requirements of ever-larger low carbon projects. So investors need to recycle returns from existing production to capitalise renewable investment. We therefore need to get the balance right between existing energy projects and the move to renewables.

Telegraph 27th Sept 2021 read more »

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edie launches new business guide on net-zero carbon buildings

edie has published a brand new guide exploring how businesses can improve energy efficiency, data collection, local network sharing and staff engagement and wellbeing as part of a long-term journey to deliver net-zero emissions for the built environment.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings

With buildings now accounting for more than half of total city emissions on average, it’s clear that urgent and dramatic action is required to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment. In addition, the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has seen those that are able to work from home, creating a new dynamic for the energy use and management of corporate buildings.

Inspired by edie’s award-winning Mission Possible: Net-Zero Carbon campaign, The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings, and what steps they can take today to accelerate progress.

The report, sponsored by building performance software and Digital Twin company IES, provides this insight through the lens of five key enablers of net-zero carbon buildings: energy consumption, data management, local energy networks, staff engagement, and embodied carbon. The guide concludes with a selection of green building innovations, as picked by edie’s Innovation Partner, Springwise.

Click here to download the report

With the built environment responsible for around 40% of global emissions, it is one of the key sectors that will either hinder or help progress towards net-zero emissions.

Earlier this month, the World Green Buildings Council (WorldGBC) unveiled an update to its longstanding Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, that aims to ignite a “reduction-first” approach to decarbonisation to halve emissions from the sector by 2030 and tackle lifecycle emissions.

This collective effort will require unprecedented levels of innovation. To mark World Green Buildings Week (20-24 September) edie and its new content partner Springwise have outlined some of the most innovative solutions that are emerging. You can read that round up here.

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