BRIEF – 22 September 2009 – The inaugural World Green Building Day on 24 September will focus attention on the huge potential of buildings to reduce greenhouse emissions, easily, cheaply and quickly. And the flip side – which is that emissions from buildings are set to double by 2030 if action is not taken.
According to the chair of both the WorldGBC [World Green Building Council] and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Tony Arnel, the potential of the built environment is still not being utilised.
“This potential is not yet reflected in international priorities. For example, as of April 2009, only 12 of the 4500 projects in the Clean Development Mechanism pipeline were seeking to reduce energy demand in buildings,” Mr Arnel said in a media statement today.
“A sustainable built environment can – indeed, must – play a central role in the global response to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The challenge is to realise the full economic and environmental potential of the sector by overcoming some of the market failures, skills deficits and institutional barriers that impede action.
“The member nations of the WorldGBC are undertaking a number of initiatives to highlight the effectiveness of green buildings policies and the use of green building tools in reducing GHG emissions, including the development of common carbon metrics between the leading green building rating tools to enable consistent measurement of carbon savings from green buildings,” Mr Arnel said.
A new WorldGBC [Green Building Council] Asia Pacific Network will be launched in Melbourne to celebrate the World Green Building Day.
Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, will launch the event, which will include a panel discussion of green building leaders at one of Australia’s greenest buildings, The Gauge.
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