With world leaders gathering in New York for Climate Week, Zero Emissions Day was a critical reminder of the need to take action to keep our planet and people healthy, says Adam Savitz, Sustainability Director EMEALA at Johnson Controls.
Surging energy prices and gas shortages are crippling business worldwide, but it should serve as a reminder that we urgently need to implement energy efficiency measures and energy savings, move away from fossil fuels through electrification, and reduce dependency on the grid through onsite renewables.
We cannot truly decarbonise without decarbonising buildings, which contribute to nearly 40 per cent of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. Thankfully, highly efficient zero-carbon technologies are available and scalable today and their deployment requires an urgent combination of shared business and government efforts.
If the world takes meaningful action to reduce emissions today, it can reduce the effect of the climate catastrophe tomorrow.
We’ve heard the promises, now it’s time to act.