The 26th annual summit of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) has come to a close in Glasgow, with the penultimate day dedicated to Cities, Regions and the Built Environment. This was the first time the climate-change summit dedicated a day to the built environment. The built environment has a significant role to play in achieving net zero as it contributes to around 40% of global carbon emissions, over 30% of global final energy use and consumes nearly half of the world’s natural resources. These are some of the highest levels ever recorded. It is clear that conscious investment in this sector is vital if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be met.
In our latest publication, we summarise some of the key takeaways related to the built environment from COP26.