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The World Green Building Council (WGBC) used the recent Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to announce the launch of its Common Carbon Metric for measuring energy use and reporting greenhouse gas emissions for building operations.

The metric will provide a common global language for the measurement of the carbon footprint of buildings.

“The building sector clearly has the largest potential for delivering long-term, significant and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions,” says Tony Arnel, WBGC and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) chair.

“Studies consistently showing that buildings offer a greater opportunity for savings in our carbon footprint than the energy, transport and industry sectors combined.

“Importantly, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report found that, with proven and commercially available technologies, energy consumption in both new and existing buildings could be cut by 30 to 50 percent without significantly increasing investment costs, says Arnel.

The WGBC, through the GBCA, has also launched an Asia-Pacific network to work with countries in the region on a sustainable building agenda. Asia Pacific will be a strong focus of the Green Cities conference in Melbourne on February 21-24, 2010. For more information visit