Carbon & climate change


Since 2015, we have significantly increased our efforts to de-carbonise the built environment. From thought leadership papers, to our involvement in the global effort to eliminate carbon emissions, we believe the built environment is ready to begin its transition to a carbon positive trajectory.

Carbon Positive partners


We thank these organisations for their leadership and their support of our activities in this space.

We're always looking for those seeking to demonstrate their leadership in this space.
Please contact Debbie Roussakis, Partnerships Coordinator for more information on our Carbon Positive Partners program.

A Carbon Positive Roadmap

A Carbon Positive Roadmap for the built environment is a discussion paper which establishes the steps required for commercial, institutional and government buildings and fitouts to decarbonise. 

The roadmap clearly outlines the high-level outcomes, actions, targets and policy positions required. These are proposed alongside changes to the GBCA’s Green Star rating tool to ensure it helps lead industry through the next decade of transformation.

Developed in close consultation with industry and government, and now being released for their feedback, the discussion paper plots a world-leading path to raise the benchmark for sustainable design, construction and building operation in Australia’s built environment.

To assist in the development of this document, we commissioned a report on the cost and feasibility of implementing draft recommendations of an early version of the Roadmap. The report and subsequent recommendations can be found here. We thank AECOM for their assistance.

Come learn about our carbon positive future

From seminars to webinars, we are committed to helping you learn what you need to know to be successful in our carbon positive future.

Previous discussion paper

Prior to this release, on 6 March 2017, GBCA launched its first discussion paper on this topic. The discussion paper set the scene for the engagement that occurred over the year, outlined potential priorities for the industry and asked for feedback. It is provided here for information purposes only.

World Green Building Council's Advancing Net Zero Program

Advancing Net Zero is WorldGBC’s global project which aims to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. GBCA is a founding member of the Advancing Net Zero Program. 

We are proud to have been involved in the release of the groundbreaking report From Thousands to Billions - Coordinated Action towards 100% Net Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050, which outlines how net zero goals can be achieved through concerted action of three core groups of actors: Business, Government and Non-Governmental Organisations. In addition to the document above, WorldGBC has created a set of snapshots detailing each green building council's response to the cause of Advancing Net Zero. The snapshot detailing our activities can be found here.

Global Commitment for Net Zero Carbon Buildings

The Global Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to take advanced climate action by setting ambitious targets to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building portfolios by 2030 in order to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. It was launched by WorldGBC and the We Mean Business Coalition at the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018. We are proud to be part of the working group that develops and manages the Commitment.

gbca global commitment

Want to join?

This is your chance to showcase your leadership and join the global movement to decarbonise the built environment.

For companies that operate in Australia, we have developed a Fact Sheet to assist you in navigating the commitment, and detailing how Green Star will ensure your success.

If you wish more information, contact us at the link below.