COP26: Virtual pavilion to show role of built environment in net zero target

COP26 takes place in Glasgow

Over 100 organisations have come together to create a virtual pavilion to draw attention to the built environment’s contribution to carbon emissions at the COP26 climate conference in November.

The UK Built Environment Virtual Pavilion will contain an exhibition of exemplary low-carbon projects “within a bespoke virtual reality space” and host speeches and panel discussions.

Coordinated by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), the pavilion aims “to give the sector a voice at COP26 and generate a reach and legacy that can stretch beyond COP itself”.

The pavilion will help tell a story of sustainability in the built environment and enable those entering the virtual reality space to see just how important the industry is in the race to net zero. The projects in the exhibition and the installation were chosen via an open call and judging process.

COP, or Conference of the Parties, is an annual conference that brings together signatories of the 1994 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The pavilion is one of many activities being planned to highlight the built environment’s role in causing climate change – the sector causes around 40 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions – but how it can also be part of the solution.

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