Constructing a greener future: how smart buildings can tackle climate change
The green agenda has never been so relevant for corporate enterprises. A recent report from smart lighting experts Signify looks at how smart buildings are doing their part to achieve carbon neutrality
Construction and operation of buildings account for 36 per cent of global energy use and 39 per cent of energy and process-related carbon dioxide emission, according to the United Nations Environment Program. In Europe, buildings consume more energy and emit more carbon dioxide than any other economic sector.
There is more pressure than ever for construction and corporate real estate to work together to cut emissions and strive for a more sustainable future. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change explained that to limit the negative impacts of climate change, the world needs to rapidly cut its emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases to achieve net-zero emissions of CO2 by 2050. All eyes are on the real estate industry to help reach this goal.
This shift to carbon neutrality depends on smart buildings getting smarter, and dramatic changes to the built environment. A recent report by Signify and Smart Cities World, identifies the emerging trends in sustainability agendas, and describes the potential for policy interventions and innovative technologies to mitigate building emissions. Read the full report here.