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UK Green Building Council urges Government to recognise construction carbon savings

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is urging the Government to pay attention to the importance of carbon savings in the construction industry for World Green Building Day

While the UK has set a target of zero carbon buildings by 2050 acting on the Climate Change Act 2008, the UK-GBC recognises the construction industry is a top priority for reducing greenhouse gasses based on the Copenhagen Agreement and they aim to highlight this for World Green Building Day.

UK-GBC chief executive Paul King said: “Buildings have been poor relations up to now.  Inclusion of buildings within the Copenhagen Agreement would encourage the setting of ambitious targets for carbon reductions for the building sector and create the framework within which industry is incentivised to make those dramatic cuts.”

Synchronised with other events around the world emphasising climate change, the call to action was coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme - Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative.  Emily Thornberry MP will host a reception today in the House of Commons to discuss the importance of climate change in the building industry.

Today’s call to action is also synchronised with other green industries around the world. In America the US Green Building Council will be holding “Congressional Advocacy Day.” Germany will open the doors of certified green buildings for the public to visit, and in Taiwan 300 volunteers will take part in a Green Tour programme.

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