Green Building Council group to develop guidance on renewable energy

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has announced a new task group which it says will develop guidance on the procurement of renewable energy and carbon offsets for the built environment sector. This work will build on UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, which was developed to ‘build industry consensus on the definition of a net zero carbon building for both construction and operation’.

The framework encourages reductions in whole life carbon and improvements in energy efficiency as the most important steps in decarbonising buildings. The new group is based on the idea that the procurement of renewable energy and offsets can also play a role in a building’s net zero transition.

The new task group will develop guidance for procuring renewable energy, provide a set of principles for offsetting outstanding carbon balance and set a transition plan for phasing out the future use of offsets. This guidance will support those using UKGBC’s framework to develop net zero carbon buildings and built environment businesses setting their own net zero strategies.

This project forms part of UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero Programme.

UKGBC will undertake a consultation on the draft guidance in Autumn 2020 to capture perspectives from across the industry.

Emily Huynh, Technical Advisor at UKGBC, said: “The importance and urgency for the built environment to decarbonise cannot be understated. It is critical that action is taken now to promote a more rapid step change in our transition to net zero, and many businesses are now grappling with the practical steps they will need to take.

“This new task group will work together to develop guidance that provides clarity on how best to address residual emissions during this transition, through the procurement of renewable energy and the use of carbon offsets where applicable. The group’s work will help demystify how practitioners can go about procuring quality renewable energy and offsets as the industry pursues a consistent and ambitious trajectory to net zero carbon.”

The task group is being supported by, and includes representation from, the following trade associations, professional institutions and non-profit organisations:




Energy Institute


Passivhaus Trust





The task group includes representatives from the following organisations:

Acclaro Advisory


amber energy®



Burges Salmon LLP

Carbon Intelligence

Carbon Trust

The Crown Estate

Currie & Brown

Hilson Moran

Hoare Lea



Max Fordham LLP

Peel L&P

Syzygy Consulting



Willmott Dixon