According to the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), buildings currently account for 39% of energy-related carbon emissions globally―with operational carbon emissions accounting for 28% while embodied carbon emissions account for the remaining 11%. Urgent and immediate action to decarbonise the built environment is therefore critical.
“Advancing Net Zero” (ANZ) is WorldGBC’s global project which aims to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. Under this project, WorldGBC calls for business, organisations, cities, states and regions to reach net zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030 and for all buildings to be net zero in operation by 2050. In a more recent “Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront” report, WorldGBC also calls for at least 40% less embodied carbon for new buildings, infrastructure and renovations by 2030 and to advocate for net zero operational and embodied carbon by 2050.
Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) is committed to helping Hong Kong’s building and construction industry to decarbonise and advance towards net zero emissions – a monumental and complex challenge in a subtropical, high-rise, high-density urban context. In support of the WorldGBC’s global “Advancing Net Zero” project and the HKSAR Government’s recent announcement of striving to achieve carbon neutrality in Hong Kong before 2050, HKGBC is proudly organising the first-ever “Advancing Net Zero” Ideas Competition in Hong Kong.
The Competition aims to generate ideas and solutions, enhance learning and knowledge sharing, and to push the boundaries to design future-ready buildings and retrofit existing building stock to advance net zero emissions economy by 2050.
The objectives of the Competition are:
- To drive professional organisations, technology providers, academia etc. to build up their capacity to support the building sector to advance towards carbon neutrality;
- To generate new ideas and solutions for the building sector;
- To accelerate the building sector to adopt and develop low/zero carbon design and technologies; and
- To stimulate the review of current regulations and code of practices to facilitate the adoption and development of low/zero carbon design and technologies where appropriate.