Leverkusen, Germany - Bayer MaterialScience is supporting a proposal from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for a "globally consistent" approach to measure a buildings carbon footprint. The German company said this will create a "common language" for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency of buildings, a 23 Dec BMS said.
The proposal follows the report: 'Buildings and Climate Change- Summary for Decision Makers,' from UNEP SBCI (Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative), which claimed energy-efficient buildings could "significantly contribute to reducing the risks of climate change." The report also called for buildings to be included in any emissions reduction declarations put forward at the recent COP15 climate change meeting in Copenhagen.
"Having one common tool - a common language - in place will provide an internationally coherent and consistent method for measuring the climate footprint of buildings for the first time," said BMS ceo and member of UNEP SBCI, Patrick Thomas.
BMS has been promoting the use of polyurethane as thermal insulation in buildings through its EcoCommercial Building Initiative, which it launched in 2007 as part of the Bayer Climate Program. The programme includes a zero-emission office building, constructed in Noida near New Delhi, India. (RD)
PIC: Bayer MaterialScience's EcoCommercial zero-emission building located in Noida near New Delhi, India.