Advancing Net Zero

Advancing Net Zero is WorldGBC’s global project which aims to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” carbon by 2050.  

The project will see participating Green Building Councils launch national zero carbon certification programmes (either stand alone programmes or additions to existing rating tools), create specialised net zero training for green building professionals, and support the development of net zero demonstration projects in their countries.

Advancing Net Zero originated from the first Buildings Day at COP21 in 2015, where three Green Building Councils committed to introduce net zero emissions certification as part of WorldGBC’s COP21 Commitment.

Inspired by these initial leaders, seven other Green Building Councils have made the same commitment, and together, have agreed to collaborate and support each other’s efforts to create a common framework to guide other Green Building Councils in the future, and to report to WorldGBC on the number of net zero emissions buildings in their countries.

The project was officially launched at the Business and Climate Summit in London, in June 2016, which was attended by the former UNFCCC Secretary General Christiana Figueres.

WorldGBC will continue to work closely with the Green Building Councils and its lead partner Architecture 2030 to raise awareness of the possibility of net zero emissions buildings, and support our GBCs to work with national and local governments to introduce net zero emissions strategies and policies.

In May 2017, we published the groundbreaking report From Thousands to Billions, the first major output from the project. Read the report

Long-term targets of Advancing Net Zero project

  • All new buildings and major renovations should be net zero starting in 2030, meaning no buildings should be built below net zero standards beyond 2030. All buildings should be net zero by 2050
  • 75,000 professionals trained on net zero building by 2030, and 300,000 by 2050.

What are net zero buildings?

When we talk about net zero buildings, we are referring to ‘net zero carbon’ buildings. By net zero carbon we mean buildings that produce no carbon operating emissions annually through strict levels of energy efficiency and the use of on-site or off-site renewable energy for any remaining energy use.

How can my Green Building Council join the project?

If you would like to get involved in Advancing Net Zero or find out further information about the project, please contact Jonathan Laski, Director, Global Projects and Partnerships (

Green Building Councils can also work with WorldGBC to identify other local and international organisations that could act as partners on the project.


Advancing Net Zero is supported by the following organisations: 

(The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and ClimateWorks Foundation have also previously supported the project.)

Blackstone Ranch Institute

Integral Group