Global cities commit to make new buildings “Net-zero carbon” by 2030

The leaders of 19 global cities have committed to eliminating carbon emissions from new building portfolios by 2030, in order to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement and keeping global temperature rise below 1.5℃.

Net-Zero buildings are believed to use energy ultra-efficiently and meet any remaining energy needs from renewable sources. The declaration follows a similar initiative from the World Green Building Council (WGBC), which  called on corporates within the built environment sector to set net-zero carbon goals for 2030.

The signatories to the declaration are the mayors of Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Tshwane, Vancouver, and Washington D.C.

This commitment includes a pledge to work together with state and regional governments and the private sector to drive this transformation, and calls on national governments for equal action.

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