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Meeting Our Climate Change Obligations Through The Built Environment

New buildings in Australia will need to achieve an emission neutral by 2030 and existing building by 2050 if Australia is to meet its international climate change.The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Chief Executive Romilly Madew used the Green Cities conference in Sydney to launch an industry discussion paper – A carbon positive roadmap for the built environment.

The discussion paper identifies that the Australian property industry has been an early adopter of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. However, there is a lack of certainty and clear guidelines which has made businesses reluctant to accelerate their investment to minimise their carbon footprint.

The built environment is responsible for 23 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse emissions. The property and construction industry has therefore a central role to play in meeting these targets.” (Madew 2017)

The GBCA has identified four key priorities to achieve the objectives of the climate change targets.

The GBCA is now calling for industry feedback on the suggestions which can be provided through the research paper that can be accessed here