On World Environment Day, 5 June 2020, Surbana Jurong, an urban and infrastructure consultancy, announced that it has signed the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.
The commitment challenges companies, cities, states and regions to reach net zero operating emissions in their global portfolios by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050. A net zero carbon building is a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/ or off-site renewable energy sources.
Surbana Jurong is one of 96 global businesses, cities and states which have signed the commitment. The commitment from businesses which are part of this net zero movement will reduce more than 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions collectively.
To act on its commitment to catalyse change, Surbana Jurong will develop and implement a carbon decarbonisation roadmap outlining key actions and milestones to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, and embark on sustainability reporting to demonstrate enhanced energy performance, reduced carbon emissions and progress towards net zero carbon.
Surbana Jurong will also continue to lead and advocate the transition towards net zero carbon buildings through its sustainability and multidisciplinary consultancy services, and test bedding of innovative technologies. It has worked on net zero energy buildings such as the NUS School of Design and Environment 4, designed by SJ Architecture, and the Mohawk College Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, designed by B+H, a member of Surbana Jurong Group.
Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group Chief Executive Officer of Surbana Jurong said, “We are taking accretive steps towards decarbonising the buildings and structures that we design for clients as well as those we use for our own operations. As a multidisciplinary urbanisation, infrastructure and managed services consultancy, Surbana Jurong is able to provide step change solutions for sustainability at every phase of a project lifecycle. Taken together as part of an integrated design, these solutions are aimed at accelerating the wide adoption of sustainability practices, affordably and effectively.”