• Buildings account for one fifth of Australia’s total emissions.
    Buildings account for one fifth of Australia’s total emissions.

The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) is seeking input to its latest discussion paper entitled Least Cost Pathways for Decarbonising Building Operations.

ASBEC interim executive director, Anne Martinelli, said the council is seeking feedback on the challenges and opportunities the built environment faces in transitioning to a net zero economy.

“Australia has committed to delivering net zero emissions by 2050 and long-lived assets such as buildings must play a central role in meeting our international commitments,” Martinelli said.

“Encouragingly, there is widespread support among Australia’s largest property companies to decarbonise building operations and tackle climate change. 

“However, guidance is needed on the least cost pathways to decarbonisation to support industry decision making and technology selection as well as assist policy makers plan for the physical and regulatory infrastructure that is needed.”

Martinelli said the discussion paper is an important step in the next phase of working towards a net zero future.

Operational emissions from buildings in Australia account for approximately. 100 million tonnes CO2 -e/annum, around one fifth of Australia’s total emissions.

Consultation closes 1 April 2022 with the final report due mid-year.

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