Karl Desai manages the UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme which is leading the UK’s transition to a net zero carbon built environment.
Karl led in the development of UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition which has catalysed industry wide action in tackling operational energy use and embodied carbon in buildings. He also co-authored UKGBC’s Guide to Scope 3 Reporting in Commercial Real Estate which helps property and construction companies on their journey towards net zero.
Karl has over six years’ experience creating market mechanisms that lead to accelerated reductions in non-domestic building energy use, including operational green building rating tools. This has involved working in Australia and experiencing the impact of NABERS ratings to drive reductions in the office market.
Karl believes net zero emissions can only be achieved through systemic change in the built environment sector and has emphasised this in his career by working for three Green Building Councils. Originally from Australia and with a background in architecture, Karl has a holistic understanding of buildings to help lead in the transition to net zero.