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Building Industry Leaders to World Governments: It's Time to Lead on Climate

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Building Industry Leaders to World Governments: It's Time to Lead on Climate

More than 60 of the largest and most influential international architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, and construction firms, collectively responsible for over $300 billion in annual construction, along with two dozen organizations representing over one million building industry professionals worldwide, issued a communiqué to government leaders headed to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) challenging them to step up their emissions reduction targets for the built environment.

Buildings are the largest source of the world’s carbon emissions globally and account for approximately 40% of total emissions. When accounting for the embodied carbon of building interiors, systems, and associated infrastructure, that percentage is substantially higher.

Government leaders from around the world will be convening for climate negotiations at COP26 from October 31 through November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. Leading up to the convening, communiqué signatories aim to demonstrate their support and actions to eliminate carbon emissions from the built environment and embolden governments to do the same.

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