Global Green Building Alliance Releases Guide for $35 Trillion Investment To Achieve Net Zero, Meet Global Energy Transition Goals

A global coalition of green building rating system organizations has introduced the initial guide aimed at facilitating the $35 trillion investment required by 2030 to achieve global energy transition objectives.

According to Building Design and Construction, the international alliance of UK-based Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Alliance HQE-GBC France developed the guide, Financing Transformation: A Guide to Green Building for Green Bonds and Green Loans, to strengthen global cooperation between the finance and real estate sectors.

“The $35 trillion investment needed to meet global energy transition goals represents almost 10% of the value of global real estate—so we’re talking about investments on a gigantic scale,” says Davina Rooney, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The guide champions a holistic approach by integrating health and social outcomes as critical investment metrics, moving beyond financial and environmental returns.

This transformative shift calls for a fundamental reshaping of traditional practices, encouraging investors to embrace the risks associated with new technologies, scale existing solutions and prioritize social impacts. As such, the alliance is committed to developing criteria in tandem with finance providers to create, measure, and report on social value.

Here is the full press release on the guide:

An international alliance of world-leading green building rating system organizations today announced the launch of the first global practical guide to facilitate the $35 trillion investment needed by 2030 to meet global energy transition goals.

Financing Transformation: A Guide to Green Building for Green Bonds and Green Loans details how various building verification and certification standards can be used to comply with global classifications and bond frameworks, setting a trajectory for the global built environment to meet a sustainable 1.5°C climate threshold.

Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of BRE, said the guide is a testament to the unified international commitment to tackling climate change head-on. “By unlocking significant capital, we can drive the essential decarbonization of our built environment despite the inherent challenges,” Charlesworth said. “This guide represents a monumental first step in coordinating a worldwide movement for green buildings, and we eagerly anticipate further collaboration to meet the challenge of climate change in the sector.”

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