The COP21 Paris Agreements

22 Dec 2015

The COP21 Paris Agreements In a monumental moment, after the recent COP21 in Paris, an agreement covering 190 countries was achieved. After years of negotiations, a collective step to recognise the significance of climate change and create a cleaner future has become a reality. While it does not mandate exactly how much each country must reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it does set up a system of goals, and each country must explain how it plans to reach their objective. Perhaps one of the most notable decisions out of the talks is in the cancellation of proposed coal-fired plants worldwide, locking in the move to clean energy.

Also included in the agreements is the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction; an alliance of eighteen countries designed to scale up low-carbon development. Many major organisations have also joined in the initiative, pledging to develop ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ by the year 2020. Large scale companies like Google, IKEA, Starbucks, and Walmart have all agreed to operate towards a zero energy and renewables goal by 2025. Google has also promised to purchase energy through a range of new wind and solar projects. For now, these decisions are based upon the compliance of these countries and companies by their own volition and commitment to the cause.

What these talks really highlight is the need for everyone to do their part in making a cleaner future, and the building and development sector is an important part of helping to ensure that happens. Using clean energy and eco friendly materials in new residential and commercial builds, or updating current heating or water systems, each helps to reduce the demand and stress on the environment. Consult with the experts on how to make buildings more sustainable and energy efficient.


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