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25 May 2021 | Industry Insights

Climate Crisis Perceptions 2021

With COP26 on the horizon and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic underway, we take a look at the results of the second Property Week/UKGBC Climate Crisis Perceptions Survey as they come at a vital time in relation to the climate crisis.

When respondents were asked if the climate crisis mattered to them personally, 92% agreed with the statement in 2020 which increased to 94.5% in 2021, signalling that climate change is having an effect on more people.

The percentage of those who are able to articulate what a net-zero building is has fallen by 0.2% to 68.3%. Although this is a step in the right direction, it is minimal and since buildings account for 39% of CO2 emissions globally, this indicates a need to educate the industry.

Respondents hope that the industry will have made the most progress on commitments to net-zero carbon by COP26. A clear winner with 45.7% of the vote, closely followed by disclosing energy and carbon performance data (including embodied carbon) at 31.9%. Other actions include adopting circular economy principles at 13.8% and delivering positive social value at just 8.7%.