Industry joins forces to launch Built Environment Virtual Pavilion for COP26

We are excited to share that we are partnering with the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), and a coalition of almost 100 partner organisations across the built environment sector, to support the delivery of a Built Environment Virtual Pavilion, ahead of the UN’s COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow this November. 

To enable maximum participation, regardless of the status of the physical Summit, UKGBC is acting as secretariat to a huge number of organisations who have joined forces to establish a smart virtual presence, which aims to give the sector a voice at COP26, and generate a reach and legacy that can stretch beyond COP itself. 

The Virtual Pavilion will be an exhibition of global exemplar projects and places, within a bespoke virtual reality (VR) space, as well as a major series of events and downloadable content – to include keynotes, panel discussions and more. An open call for a creative and innovative virtual centrepiece for the Pavilion will launch shortly, with a detailed brief expected to be formally announced within the next few weeks. 

BECG are working together to support the initiative, as Commercial Partners.

Stephen Pomeroy, Chief Executive at BECG said:

BECG is delighted to be supporting this initiative, which will give the built environment sector a voice at COP26. 

The built environment impacts on every aspect of our lives and has a critical role to play both in achieving the UK’s ambitious climate targets, and supporting the UK’s post-Covid economic recovery. 

We are proud to support some of the UK’s most innovative and prestigious projects across the built environment and look forward to working with other partners in making this project a huge success. 

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC said:

The built environment is fundamental to many of the themes of COP26. It has a critical role to play in mitigating climate change, responsible for 39% of energy related CO2 emissions, and is central to building resilience against climatic extremes too late to avoid, through nature-based solutions.

I am delighted that the built environment sector is coming together to work in an unprecedented collaboration, for what promises to be a truly unique virtual experience. It will enable widespread access and engagement with built environment issues at COP26, complementing whatever activities are able to happen in person, and providing an online legacy that will last far beyond November. 

If you wish to talk more about net zero and its impact on the built environment sector, please get in touch.