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IPCC Report | What are the Green Building Council’s next steps?

September 6, 2021

Sustainability and building compliance expert. Specialising in low energy design, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM, and air testing for the construction industry,

Andrew Sadler



According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, climate change has had widespread, rapid and intensified impact across the globe and some trends are sadly now irreversible at present time.

And now, the IPCC report has announced a ‘Code Red’ for human driven global heating. As we have seen over the past few years, human-induced climate change has affected many weather and climate extremes in every region across the world. We must act now to avert a climate catastrophe.

Luckily, there’s still time to limit climate change, IPCC experts say. If we work towards strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, we could quickly make air quality better. We hope that in 20 to 30 years global temperatures could stabilise. 

Julie Hirigoyen, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)’s Chief Executive has now responded to the IPCC report. In this blog, we will go into more detail about the IPCC report and what the Green Building Council are working towards to limit their impact.

What is the Sixth Assessment IPCC Report?

The IPCC is the body of the world’s leading climate experts. They formed in 1988 and are in charge of preparing comprehensive reports on the state of our knowledge of the climate. Since then, reports have been created every seven years and in August, the sixth assessment report was produced. 

The Sixth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the sixth in a series of reports that assess scientific technical and socio-economic information surrounding climate change.

In the eyes of the Green Building Council, the Sixth Assessment IPCC report should be a massive wake-up call for governments across the world. It proves that too many commitments are being missed and that current pledges must be scaled up to deliver the urgent changes needed for us to limit the effect of climate change.

Now, What Are The Green Building Council Planning To Do Next?

According to the Green Building Council, 21-22% of the UK’s total carbon emissions is directly controlled by the built environment sector, playing a significant role. Of course, tackling this challenge will be tough. However, it gives the building sector the opportunity to deliver valuable green jobs and better, healthier places. We can and must lead the change.

Chief Executive, Julia Hirigoyen states that the UK government must show clear leadership and embed ambitious climate action across all its flagship policies. This ranges from planning reform and tougher building regulations to home retrofit incentives and ‘levelling-up’. 

With delays to key initiatives such as the heat and buildings strategy, this has led to considerable uncertainty in the industry. So, the sooner the direction of travel is made clear, the quicker the costs of new technologies will come down which is vital for building construction companies and consumers.

How Can We Do Our Bit to Help At BuildPass?

We are passionate about building better spaces that are focused on sustainability. Through our range of services and wealth of experience, we’ll give you the confidence to deliver low carbon sustainable projects which help to lower our impact and work towards making the change to limit climate change.

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