Does 2015 mark the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era?
For the first time:
EU interim 2030 target set on road to 80%–95% emissions reduction by 2050 EU leaders agree on a 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target of at least 40% compared to 1990 levels.
Targets up to 2050
2030 Framework for climate and energy policies
Architecture 2030 presents Roadmap to Zero Emissions Architecture 2030 presents the Roadmap to Zero Emissions at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) CCXG Global Forum in Paris, and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bonn.
UIA pledges to phase out carbon by 2050 The International Union of Architects (UIA), with member organizations representing over 1.3 million architects in 124 countries worldwide, unanimously adopted the 2050 Imperative, a declaration to eliminate CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050.
OECD Secretary General and head of UNFCCC call for Zero Emissions “We are on a collision course with nature. Now is the time for us to take bold decisions.” (Angel Gurria, OECD)
“No architect should design buildings that import a huge amount of energy. Each building should produce as least as much energy as it’s going to need.” (Christiana Figueres, UNFCC)
Catholic bishops ask for“end to the fossil fuel era”; Pope Francis to issue climate change call to arms At the UNFCCC meeting in Lima, Catholic bishops from all continents asked all nations to “put an end to the fossil fuel era”. Pope Francis will call on the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to address climate change.
Cities pledge zero or near zero carbon by 2050; Districts set 2030 targets Berlin, Boston, Boulder, Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, Minneapolis, New York, Oslo, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Stockholm, Sydney, Vancouver, Washington, DC, and Yokohama have committed to an 80% or greater reduction in emissions by 2050. 2030 Districts in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Stamford, and Dallas set 50% energy, water and emissions reduction targets by 2030.
It certainly seems to us that all this marks the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era. Historic developments in 2014 advanced at a breakneck pace; it looks like 2015 may be even more extraordinary. Stay tuned.
Architecture 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central solution to the climate crisis.