ASHRAE and construction industry organizations are taking a leading role in global decarbonization efforts

ASHRAE and construction industry organizations are taking a leading role in global decarbonization efforts

24 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 construction industry organizations, issued a statement to government officials attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 27), in which they pledged to play a leadership role in decarbonization efforts in the built environment. The organizations are signatories to the The construction industry is fighting climate change – a declaration to government officials who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in which they jointly commit to achieving the Paris Agreement targets of 1.5°C.

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

“The buildings we live and work in are responsible for about 40% of total global direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions,” Mehboob said. “The built environment is therefore one of the leading drivers of climate change. At the same time, changing the way and what we build is one of our most effective tools for mitigating and adapting to climate change and places a heavy responsibility on the built environment industry. This is a responsibility we take seriously.”

The signatories expressed their support for the declaration.

“Collaboration across the construction industry is critical to enable and accelerate progress on climate targets. This joint statement tells engineers around the world that their work matters; and our collective commitment to leadership in decarbonizing the built environment ties them to the global effort to address the devastating effects of climate change. USGBC is excited to work with ASHRAE and other partner organizations to support the many engineers and construction professionals on the frontline and encourage their clients to advance their designs to further drive decarbonization.”
– Peter Templeton, President and CEO, US Green Building Council

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

Visit to view the video presentation of President Mehboob’s declaration, read the declaration in its entirety, and view a complete list of signatories.


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 its related fields.

As an industry leader in research, standardization, publication, certification and education, ASHRAE and its members are committed to promoting a healthy and sustainably built environment for all through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and related industries.

The company showcases integrated building solutions and sustainability in action with the opening of the ASHRAE Global Headquarters building in Metro-Atlanta, Georgia.

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