BRIEF – 8 December 2009 –
When the world’s leading green building organisations met last month at the GreenBuild conference at Phoenix in the US, it agreed to develop common international language to measure the carbon footprint of buildings, which account for around 40 per cent of the world’s energy use and 33 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Chair of the World GBC Tony Arnel this week, said the significance of this agreement should not be underestimated.

“The coming together of so many leading green building organisations is unprecedented and appropriate at this critical moment in the world’s response to the global challenge of climate change. Buildings account for a third of global carbon emissions and, as the IPCC has demonstrated, provide by far the most cost-effective carbon reduction potential. The World GBC is delighted to have been able to play a part in this historic development.”

Green Star Director of the Green Building Council of Australia, Andrew Aitken, who was involved in the metric’s technical development said:“With the development of rating tools worldwide, it is crucial we speak of carbon in a consistent and common way. This agreement to will go a long way in supporting all countries to develop a consistent framework.”

Chief Executive GBCA Romilly Madew said more agreements would follow,  “on water, then transport and so on.”

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