Godrej & Boyce joins WorldGBC network to advance net zero carbon buildings

Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company joined the World Green Building Council’s Asia-Pacific Regional Network as a Corporate Activity Partner on November 2, 2018. – Twitter/ @WorldGBC

Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company has joined the World Green Building Council’s Asia-Pacific Regional Network as a Corporate Activity Partner to accelerate the uptake of net zero carbon buildings in the Asia-Pacific region.

‪Activities in WorldGBC’s Regional Networks are sometimes funded by Activity Sponsors—leading multinationals who are typically members of national GBCs and want to contribute to advancing a particular activity or area of work at the regional level.

‪Godrej & Boyce is the first company to be recognised as a WorldGBC Corporate Activity Partner in Asia-Pacific.

The company will participate in WorldGBC’s ‘The Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Advancing Net Zero’ activity.

‪Launched in June 2016, Advancing Net Zero is WorldGBC’s global project aims to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings to 100 per cent by 2050. Currently, there are 17 GBCs participating in the project, that includes both certification development but also driving industry commitment to, and delivery on, net zero carbon building through the WorldGBC.

‘Significant opportunity’

With 60 per cent of the world’s population (4.3 billion people) already living in the Asia-Pacific region, and with more than 2 billion living in urban areas, the region has 16 of the world’s 28 megacities. The urban population is expected to reach 3.3 billion by 2050, in turn, creating further demand for buildings that are sustainable and resilient to the increasing impacts of climate change.

In 2017-2018, WorldGBC saw an increase of interest in its Advancing Net Zero project across Asia-Pacific, which has led to the formation of the Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Net Zero.

Lisa Bate, Chair, WorldGBC, said, “We are delighted to welcome Godrej & Boyce as a Corporate Activity Partner for the Asia-Pacific Network. Their participation will enable WorldGBC to deliver a robust regional strategy around Advancing Net Zero, which can meet the needs of emerging Asia, with its diverse culture and needs.”

George Menezes, COO, Godrej Electrical and Electronics Division, said, “The significance of joining WorldGBC as a Corporate Activity Partner to advance the Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Advancing Net Zero cannot be underestimated. This is a significant opportunity to shape and influence the future of buildings in Asia-Pacific, and kickstart the transition towards net zero carbon building practices to achieve critical environmental, economic and social goals for the future of our region.”

S Raghupathy, Regional Chair, WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, said, “The India Green Building Council is heartened by the ambition and leadership of a home-grown multinational, Godrej & Boyce, in spearheading this activity in the region. We look forward to even more Indian companies joining the ranks in supporting our decarbonisation goals through green building.”‬

Source: The Hindu Business Line