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COP26: 1.5°C

July 2021 | Thought Leadership

In February UN Secretary-General António Guterres boldly declared 2021 the “make or break year” for the planet as a recent UNFCCC report found the 2030 emissions-reduction pledges of 75 countries to be wholly inadequate to achieve 1.5°C targets.

The Significance of COP26

In order to retain a good probability (67% chance or better) of avoiding more than 1.5ºC of warming (a budget of 340-400 GTCO2), we must reduce carbon emissions from all sectors, including the built environment, by 50%-65% by 2030, and zero CO2 emissions by 2040.

Government and business leaders from around the world will be converging at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow Oct. 31 – Nov. 12 to discuss the continued cooperation among nations to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and the threat of climate change, and establish new 2030 emissions reduction targets.

In 2015 Architecture 2030 led in highlighting the critical role of the built environment at COP21. This November, we will be back at COP26 where we will continue to the emphasize for all assembled governments and NGOs how crucial the built environment will be in achieving 1.5°C targets, and remind them that the time for bold moves is right now, while we still have a chance to cut emissions and stay within the 1.5°C carbon budget.

Architecture 2030 Insight

The built environment is the largest source of the world’s carbon emissions with buildings responsible for approximately 40% annually, and when accounting for the embodied carbon of building interiors, systems, and associated infrastructure, that percentage is substantially higher. Our professions and industries are transforming and taking significant action to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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