AHEAD of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the Australian Institute of Architects is joining global building industry leaders to call for a more urgent transition to net-zero emissions.
With COP26 scheduled for 31 October, the Australian institute is adding its voice to over two dozen global built environment peak bodies and over 60 of the world’s significant building industry firms that are challenging governments and leaders to demonstrate their commitment to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree carbon budget.
“Globally, governments, companies, communities and individuals must all start responding to the climate crisis with the urgency that is so clearly required,” said Tony Giannone, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects.
1.5ºClimate Actions Communique was established by the US based non-profit Architecture 2030 and includes signatories across global architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, and construction sectors.
“Globally, governments, companies, communities and individuals must all start responding to the climate crisis with the urgency that is so clearly required,” said Giannone.
“Architects have the capacity, and we believe the responsibility to be at the forefront of this action.”
As a collective these organisations are responsible for more than US$300 billion in global annual construction and represent more than a million building industry professionals across the globe.
“The Institute is championing a transition to net-zero emissions in Australia’s built environment by 2030. The products, materials and design expertise exist to make the shift; what we need now is the will and determination to achieve it,” added Giannone.
The Australian Institute of Architects reached carbon neutral certification in 2021 and urges its more than 12,000 members to join them.
“It is imperative that Australia is not only represented at COP26 by our Prime Minister but that we embrace more ambitious emissions reductions targets as a nation,” added Giannone.
The Australian Institute of Architects recently teamed up with Consult Australia and Engineers Australia to deliver a design guide in response to the introduction of major legislative and regulatory reforms in NSW.