The Bulgarian Green Building Council commits to engage 500 stakeholders in green building workshops and trainings over the next two years, at COP21 Paris.

The Bulgarian Green Building Council commits to engage 500 stakeholders in green building workshops and trainings over the next two years, at COP21 Paris.

At COP21 in Paris today, 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 degrees. The commitments were made at Buildings Day - the official COP21 meeting led by Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Ecology and former presidential candidate.

To play its part in limiting global warming to 2 degrees, the buildings sector must reduce emissions by 84 gigatonnes by 2050 – the equivalent of not building 22,000 coal powered plants. This large-scale reduction of emissions is possible, but it will take a market transformation, transformative action and collaboration. Therefore 20 Green Building Councils commit to register, renovate or certify over 1.2 million sq. m. of green building space and train over 104,000 qualified green building professionals by 2020.

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. Green Building can improve people’s health, wellbeing and productivity – for example, improved indoor air quality can lead to productivity improvements of up to 11 per cent.

The Bulgarian Green Building Council has also made an ambitious commitment to build capacity in the field of sustainable development and green building in Bulgaria over the next two years.

Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, said: “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. The Bulgarian Green Building Council is demonstrating real leadership on green buildings by launching its ambitious commitments at these critical climate change negotiations in Paris.”

The Bulgarian Green Building Council national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include:

Capacity building: BGBC commits to build capacity in the field of sustainable development and green building in Bulgaria, by engaging 500 people in a series of workshops and professional trainings, over the next two years.

Finance: BGBC commits to working with local and international financial institutions to help promote sustainable development, to help banks reduce risk and implement green construction and development loans.

Government Policy and Strategy: BGBC commits to support government in programs and initiatives to promote sustainable development and construction, as well as to serve as a resource for green building best practices and standards.

Measurement and Accountability: BGBC commits to promoting green building certification with all internationally recognized green building certification systems and to increase certified projects in Bulgaria by 50% by 2020.