ASHRAE and Building Industry Organizations Lead Global Decarbonization Efforts

Twenty-four signatories pledge to make changes to how and what we build to mitigate and adapt to climate change

ATLANTA, Nov. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ASHRAE, along with 23 of the world’s leading building industry organizations, issued a statement to government representatives attending the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 27) and committed to taking a leadership role in decarbonisation efforts in the built environment. The organizations have signed the The Construction Industry is moving forward in tackling climate change – a statement to government representatives that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), expressing the collective commitment to achieving the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C goals.

In a video presentation, ASHRAE 2022-23 President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, presented a roadmap for addressing climate change, reading directly from the statement.

“The buildings we live and work in are responsible for about 40% of the world’s total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mehboob. “The built environment is therefore one of the main drivers of climate change. At the same time, making changes to how and what we build is one of our most effective tools for mitigating and adapting to climate change, and carries a great responsibility in the built environment industry. This is a responsibility we wholeheartedly accept.”

The signatories showed their support for the declaration.

“Collaboration across the construction industry is critical to enable and accelerate progress on climate targets. This joint statement lets engineers around the world know that their work matters. and our collective commitment to leadership in decarbonising the built environment engages them in the global effort to address the devastating effects of climate change. The USGBC is pleased to work with ASHRAE and other partner organizations to support the many engineers and construction industry professionals on the front lines, giving their customers the opportunity to push their designs further towards decarbonization.” .
– Peter Templeton, President and CEO, US Green Building Council

Government leaders from around the world are convening for climate negotiations at COP27, November 6-18 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. ASHRAE leadership will participate in an official COP 27 side event on November 16 titled “Design, Planning and Development in the Global South: The ‘How To’ for People + Planet.” The organizers of the event are Architecture 2030, ASHRAE and the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).

To see President Mehboob’s presentation of the declaration, read the entire declaration and see the full list of signatories, visit


Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serving humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their related fields.

As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification, and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and in related industries.

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