Date: Friday, 4 December 2015
COP21: Global Building Alliance launched at inaugural Buildings Day
· This Global Alliance brings together a group of stakeholders, including RICS, who want to change how buildings impact on our climate.
· As founding member, RICS makes commitment to influence members, governments and partners to reduce the impact of buildings on the climate
· Boris Johnson, Mayor of London applauds RICS’s efforts to discuss future cities and sustainable investment.
· Narendra Modi at COP21: lack of skills is a key barrier to development in emerging economies
PARIS: Governments, building and construction organisations and funding agencies came together to launch the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, of which RICS is a founding member. The Alliance is a worldwide building sector network backed by the governments of France, Germany, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Cameroon and Senegal amongst others. The Alliance was launched at the first ever United Nations (UN) Buildings Day, held on 3rd December as part of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), where governments are negotiating a new agreement to mitigate climate change. The Alliance is a joint initiative between the French Government as host of COP21 and the UN’s Environment Programme.
The alliance is committed to:
In particular, RICS professionals will play a central role in mobilising capital for investment in energy efficient and sustainable buildings.
In a letter, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said: “Global cities such as London and Paris must lead the way in green infrastructure. All this requires expertise, standards of professional practice, and effective regulation of built and natural environment professionals. I am delighted that RICS is gathering its senior membership at COP21 to discuss future cities and sustainable investment.”
As a global body with an extensive network of professionals, RICS will contribute to the alliance in the following ways
1. RICS has committed to work with its professionals to drive down emissions throughout the property lifecycle.
2. The commitments made by governments at COP21 require consistent instruments to monitor and measure progress. RICS promotes international standards that measure buildings and construction materials consistently, and that underpin global climate goals. These standards are implemented and regulated by RICS professionals the world over.
3. RICS, through initiatives such as the RICS School for the Built Environment in India, is addressing the skills gap and is building capacity for professionals on areas such as sustainability, energy efficiency, building resilience among other things. This is particularly important in the light of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s comments at COP21 that the lack of skills is a key barrier to development in emerging economies.
Commenting about the importance of climate change commitment in India -
Mr. Sean Tompkins, CEO, RICS said. “India is at the forefront of the Climate Change commitments. Having met officials from Ministry of Environment today, Government’s focus on education & skills development to meet its smart cities ambition and climate change commitments is clear.”
Mr. Sachin Sandhir, Global Managing Director - Emerging Business, RICS said. “Indian buildings and cities are large contributors of CO2. India’s announcement to invest of INR 9500 Million in sustainable cities is commendable. As a public interest body, RICS strives to support government by contributing professionals who can deploy this money efficiently & shape these future cities.”
In India, RICS contributes in skills development through RICS School of Built Environment (SBE), Amity University – an industry backed institution, which offers specialised education for real estate, construction & infrastructure management.
Note to editors:
Read our thought leadership on COP 21:
· Impacting on the future of every person on the planet by Sean Tompkins, RICS Chief Executive Officer
· The cost of change: saving the climate is not cheap by Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist
· Collective action: achieve more, and faster by Curt Garrigan, Coordinator, Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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