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UKGBC release new guidance for renewable energy procurement and carbon offsetting

By Grace Melville
10th March 2021

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today (9 March 2021) published Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting Guidance for Net Zero Carbon Buildings. This guidance provides clarity for the property and construction industry on the procurement of high-quality renewable energy and carbon offsets for net zero buildings and organisations in the UK. Download the report here

The release of this latest guidance is a key milestone for the Advancing Net Zero taskforce and crucial piece of the net zero puzzle. We are proud to have contributed to this guidance as part of the taskforce, having also supported the wider UKGBC’s landmark report ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition’. 

The new guidance includes a set of principles to evaluate the quality of renewable energy procurement routes, including how to account for additionality – driving a material increase in the UK’s renewable energy capacity. It also outlines how the environmental integrity of an offset should be determined, the existing carbon standards that provide this assurance of integrity, and how domestic carbon standards can play a role within organisational net zero strategies.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC:
“Designing for reductions in whole life carbon and greater energy efficiency are just two pieces of a complex puzzle when it comes to our transition to net zero carbon buildings. The importance of the principles put forward in this guidance to evaluate the quality of renewable energy procurement routes, to calculate the residual emissions, and to offset those residual emissions in a meaningful way, is paramount to ensure the credibility of any net zero carbon building claim. This guidance marks an important step forward in helping the industry to deliver on our net zero targets, and ultimately respond to the climate crisis with buildings that are fit for the future…”

What are the next steps my company can take towards becoming net-zero?

When setting out on your net zero, there are three key steps that you need to follow:

  1. Calculate your full Scope 1, 2 and 3 footprint to ensure you understand the impacts of your own operations, suppliers and customers
  2. Set reduction targets in line with climate science
  3. Develop a removals (i.e. offsetting) strategy that aligns with your company values and wider sustainability goals.

What you can do next

We partner with our clients on multi year programmes to help them reduce emissions in line with climate science and develop credible offsetting strategies. Carbon Intelligence is proud to have supported 1 in 3 UK approved science-based targets and have our own 1.5◦C approved SBT.

Our services are underpinned by a framework called the 6 dimensions of carbon intelligence that ensures  an integrated approach to setting and implementing credible net zero and ESG targets. 

We work with corporates and asset managers to build and implement credible net zero strategies. Contact us  if you would like to check if your net zero target strategy will stand up to scrutiny and how it compares to others in your sector. Email info@carbon.ci