HED's Sustainability Leader Daniel Jaconetti, AIA, LEED is attending the Architect 2030 Carbon Positive Summit - an invitation only gathering of the world’s most influential architecture, planning, engineering and construction firms to establish a plan of action for dramatically reducing embodied carbon in the built environment.
Over the next 4 decades, the world is projected to construct 230 billion square meters (2.5 trillion square feet) of buildings, an area roughly equal to the current worldwide building stock, or the equivalent of adding another New York City to the planet every 34 days.
The upfront carbon emissions associated with just three materials used in the construction of new buildings and infrastructure nearly equals annual building sector operational emissions.
By 2050, the embodied carbon from these materials in all new buildings and urban infrastructure, if built to western standards, could consume 60% of the world’s 2°C carbon budget, unless we change course, quickly.
"We are committed to advancing our clients world, and believe that this promise includes using our influence and buying power as a firm to create a positive and sustainable future for all," says Jaconetti.
The firms invited to participate in this event are currently responsible for approximately $2 trillion, or 20% of annual new construction globally. The CarbonPositive‘19 Summit will convene the leadership of these most influential architecture, engineering, planning and construction firms to take action on embodied carbon in the face of unprecedented global construction and urbanization. Discussion will focus on the most impactful and innovative design strategies, material technologies, policies and tools for rapidly driving global change through CarbonPositive practice.