Architects pledge to phase out carbon in the built environment by 2050

Architects pledge to phase out carbon in the built environment by 2050

Architects across the world have signed up to a global commitment to eliminate CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050, reports Edie.net.

Member organisations representing over 1.3 million architects in 124 countries – including the UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects – agreed to adopt the 2050 Imperative at the recent International Union of Architects (IUA) World Congress in Durban, South Africa.

The 2050 Imperative states that urban areas are responsible for over 70% of global CO2 emissions, mostly from buildings, and that over the next two decades an area roughly equal to 60% of the world’s building stock will be built or rebuilt in urban areas. As such, this provides an opportunity to reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions to zero by 2050.

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