Asia Carbon Footprint Network: Annual Meeting and Seminar 2017
The Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN): Annual Meeting and Seminar 2017 will be held under the theme of 'Promoting Green Buildings through Carbon Footprinting and Environmental Product Declaration Schemes' in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 25-26 May, 2017.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21, brought a new attention to the role of buildings in reducing energy demand and greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and in developing resilience in the face of climate change through the first-ever Buildings Day. In addition, a new coalition called the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction was introduced to promote energy efficiency and other green building practices.
Green buildings, also known as green construction or sustainable buildings, is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. Although the concept of "green buildings" seems to differ slightly between countries, green buildings are generally known to reduce energy consumption up to 30-40 percent and water consumption up to 50-60 percent.
In this connection, carbon footprint labeling can be a practical tool to support green buildings. Countries in the EU and Asia have taken initiatives to introduce product carbon footprint labeling schemes to low-carbon products and materials in the building and construction sector. Against this background, the upcoming Seminar will serve as a platform to understand how Type III eco-labels are applied to certifying green buildings in Europe and Asia.