As 2019 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank our clients and partners for your continued support this past year and reflect on the year that was.
There was no shortage of global activity around sustainability and particularly the built environment.
In Australia, despite the Coalition government’s surprise reelection and its tepid commitment to climate change policies, the private sector continues to move forward. Australia and New Zealand led all other regions globally in GRESB performance for the ninth year running, and more Australia-based organizations have made pledges to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions than any other region.
Early in 2019, the successful Australian National Building Energy Rating System (NABERS) program announced it would expand to include all major building types, and just recently the Property Council of Australia and Green Building Council of Australia released the Every Building Counts initiative to provide a practical plan for the government to reduce emissions among all building types.
In the US, despite inaction on climate change at the federal level, signs of promise emerged as the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, New York City, Newburyport, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington DC pledged Net Zero commitments. The Green New Deal has generated interest and excitement from the public and Democratic presidential candidates alike, and there is firm consensus among all Democratic presidential candidates to act on climate change.
The UK made headlines earlier this year when it became the first major economy to make net zero emissions law. Simultaneously the UK has been exploring new approaches to delivering more energy-efficient buildings, and is currently looking to Australia’s NABERS program to create a design for performance program in the UK.
Globally, it is apparent that commitments to reducing emissions are ramping up, and maximizing energy efficiency in the built environment and increased use of renewable energy sources will be critical to minimizing emissions from operations. At Envizi, we are excited for what the years ahead will bring and look forward to working with our clients to help them navigate through these challenges.
This year marked a special anniversary – Envizi’s 10th year! Over the years we have grown from a small Sydney-based software firm to a team of 60 people with 4 offices across Australia, the US and the UK. We have grown from a software vendor specializing in greenhouse gas accounting to a global data and analytics platform that empowers our clients to achieve excellent results across sustainability, energy management and building performance. Most importantly, we now support over 160 clients across 112 countries and 160,000 locations.
The Envizi team and I thank you again for your support in 2019 and extend our warmest season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year. Safe travels over the holidays, and we look forward to helping you build more sustainable businesses in 2020.