Read why Architecture 2030’s namesake target year to achieve carbon-neutral buildings is now deemed too late by CEO and founder Edward Mazria and COO Vincent Martinez.
In 2005, Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge. The initiative comprised incremental carbon-reduction goals over a 25-year timeline that were consistent with those called for by the global scientific community at the time. Meeting the targets would mean that all new buildings and major renovations would be carbon neutral by 2030. That is, the projects would use no on-site fossil fuels, including natural gas or heating oil; instead, they would be 100% powered by on-site and/or off-site renewable energy.
However, current data from the scientific community has made it clear that 2030 is too late. To meet the 1.5°C carbon budget, all new buildings and major renovations must be designed to be carbon neutral today.
The Significance of a Half Degree
The 2015 Paris Agreement established the goal of keeping planetary warming to below 2˚C while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Since then, the world has been quickly depleting this 1.5˚C carbon budget.
Limiting planetary warming to 1.5˚C rather than 2˚C is critical. That 0.5˚C difference in warming means that 1.7 billion more people will be exposed to severe heat waves every five years; 100 to 400 million more people will be at risk of hunger; and 1 to 2 billion more people will no longer have adequate water. The world can also expect more extreme droughts, precipitation, flooding, and vector-borne diseases, among other catastrophic effects.
The Future Is Here
In its strongest warning yet, the International Energy Agency called for the world to stop all new gas, oil, and coal development this year in order to have a chance at meeting the Paris Agreement 1.5˚C limit. For that to happen, we need an immediate and fundamental global shift in the way we plan and design the built environment.
Read on >>> Source: CarbonPositive: Accelerating the 2030 Challenge to 2021 | Architect Magazine