Brussels, Belgium, 19 June 2015 – The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and World Green Building Council (WGBC) are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.
Representing the environmental interests of the global information technology sector and the building and construction sectors, the organizations will promote the integration of ICT and green building to enhance wellness, health, workforce productivity, and the energy efficiency of architecture around the world.
“The World Green Building Council has been a worldwide leader in sharing best practices and promoting innovation for the building and construction industry,” said Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman and Group Sustainability and Climate Change Officer for Deutsche Telekom. “With this MOU, we bring together and strengthen cooperation between the global ICT and building sectors to address the environmental challenges of our time.”
The MOU marks the first time two global industry associations have agreed to share information and identify joint opportunities to work together to address climate change and represents a major private sector vote of confidence in the talks which are expected to culminate in a UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015. Both organizations plan to participate in the private sector portion of these talks.
“The GeSI network brings together an impressive group of high tech companies dedicated to sustainability” said Terri Will, WorldGBC CEO. “We at WorldGBC are excited to work with these companies and GeSI to advance green building through the use of ICT. Many GeSI members are large tenants as well, and we look forward to working with them through our global network of GBCs to advance the greening of their buildings.”
For years, experts from both industries have cited the need for greater cross-sector collaboration and coordination to combat climate change. ICT environmental leaders welcome green building expertise to address data center emissions, building design, and urban planning. For their part, the WGBC works to increase the profile of the green building market, and to ensure that green buildings are a part of any comprehensive strategy to deliver carbon emission reductions. Furthermore, as world leaders plan to shape the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, this kind of cross-sector cooperation will provide policy makers with insight and information about potential advances that could be made leveraging the latest technology and design thinking.