The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a new index to measure and track the degree to which the built environment is able to support moves towards a low carbon built environment.

By bringing together measures of actual progress plus the views and insights of experts around the world as to whether the policy measures are likely to deliver results over the next year, the Index provides a ranking of countries on the likelihood of countries to move towards a low carbon built environment.

The 2008 results have been released and these can be found online (http://www.rics.org/zc2 ). A number of countries are making good progress, led by France. In addition, a number of countries could be making progress, both in terms of their overall carbon emissions and their policy mechanisms for the built environment - these include Australia, Mexico and South Africa.