UAE's AESG joins World GBC to minimise climate change
Consultancy commits to World GBC's Paris Agreement-driven Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment
UAE- and UK-headquartered construction consultancy AESG, led by Saeed Al Abbar, has joined a group of 51 signatories – which includes 23 cities, such as New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Sydney; six states and regions; and 19 businesses and entities, like the Dubai-headquartered Majid Al Futtaim – as a supporter of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment established by the World Green Building Council (World GBC) to limit the impact of climate change by containing the global temperature rise to 1.5-2.0°C, as targeted by the Paris Agreement at COP 21.
World GBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment has been developed in partnership with global green building councils, The Climate Group, and C40.
The buildings’ sector, according to an AESG statement, contributes to at least 40% of global CO2 emissions, underscoring the need for the industry to rapidly commit to a net zero-friendly way of doing business.
AESG, as a signatory of the World GBC-led movement, has committed to ensuring its offices are net-zero energy consumers by 2030, and will also ensure that the construction projects it works on from its Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and London offices embody the net zero agenda.
To understand the significance of AESG’s commitment, it is necessary to know why the Paris Agreement at COP 21 targets to limit the global temperature increase within 1.5-2.0°C.
“The importance of committing to a net zero economy is highlighted in the latest IPCC report on the impacts of global warming, published October 2018,” AESG’s statement explains.
"The impact of a 1.5°C to 2.0°C increase includes the loss of 70-90% of coral reefs, the extinction of a number of terrestrial and marine species, increased extreme weather events, and droughts and flooding that will impact up to 79 million people worldwide.”
Al Abbar, managing director at AESG, said achieving the goals of the commitment would require “close coordination between public and private entities”.
He added: “We hope that in providing a pathway to net zero on all of our projects, we will be able to help stimulate the transition to decarbonising the global economy in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Change agreement.”
World GBC’s chief executive officer, Cristina Gamboa, added: “Reaching this significant milestone of over 50 signatories demonstrates that businesses are recognising the value net zero buildings present to their operations; and policymakers are acting on the responsibility to their citizens to provide more efficient and healthier buildings for us to occupy every day.
“Our green building councils are supporting their members to better understand how these targets can be applied in practice, and respond to the climate emergency facing us.”