IGBC commits 10 bn sq ft green building footprint by 2022

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Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the apex industry body CII, announced its commitment to facilitate 10 billion square feet of registered green building footprint by 2022.

The announced was made at the recently concluded COP21 meeting in Paris. The meeting ‘Building Day’ was led by French Minister of Ecology Segolene Royal.

Buildings currently account for around one third of global emissions. But green building is one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change, which generates significant environmental, economic and societal benefits.

A total of 20 green building councils from around the world unveiled national commitments to transform the sustainability of their buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that the building and construction industry plays its part in limiting global warming to 2 degree centigrade.

“IGBC has made a commitment to facilitate 10 billion square feet of registered green building footprint through voluntary industry- led initiatives by 2022 at COP21 in Paris,” an official statement said.

Commenting on the same, the World Green Building Council CEO Terri Wills  said, “IGBC is demonstrating leadership in green buildings by launching its commitments at these critical climate change negotiations in Paris.

He adds, “We know how to build bigger and bigger. The challenge is to build bigger and better. And it is commitments like these that will help to transform the global buildings industry so that not only is a 2 degree world possible tomorrow, but we can realise the benefits from this new way of building – today.”

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