It’s no secret that unprecedented levels of human activity have driven our planet beyond the boundaries of what the natural environment can tolerate. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere currently stands at 419 ppm (parts per million). This figure, recorded by NASA in August 2022, represents a 50% increase in atmospheric CO2 over the last 170 years.
Our current carbon emissions will continue to alter the Earth’s climate for at least another 80 years – but every emission reduction we can achieve will help to slow that rate of change.
Buildings are currently responsible for nearly 40% of all carbon emissions, mostly as a result of the energy needed to light and heat these spaces. The rest is the result of construction and the materials used.
In this report, we’ll be discussing how the climate crisis and ESG investment have become a major priority for business leaders and investors. We’ll also examine two of the main strategies available for reducing carbon emissions from office buildings and commercial property.
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