How Landsec is achieving a sustainable future for the built environment

This brand new series of video interviews showcases the sustainability superheroes who are achieving 'Mission Possible' for their business. First up: Landsec's head of sustainability Caroline Hill explains how the property developer is working to achieve a sustainable future for the built environment.

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This new series of videos is the latest extension of Mission Possible, edie's new campaign for 2018 which seeks to empower and inspire sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals to achieve a sustainable future for their business.

The five-part series will hear from a selection of sustainability leaders from some of the UK's biggest businesses. Each leader will discuss how they and their team are taking bold actions in one of the five Mission Possible campaign pillars: Energy, Resources, The Built Environment, Mobility, and Business Leadership.

In the above video, Hill discusses how the UK's largest commercial property development and investment company is demonstrating industry leadership in driving sustainability for the built environment. 

"The real estate sector is responsible for a third of the world's resources, so it's crucial that as a sector we really get on top of that," says Hill. 

"We've set a really ambitious carbon reduction target and looking forward we really need to collaborate with others in our sector. This is how we can achieve a sustainable built environment. This is Mission Possible."

MISSION POSSIBLE: Five ways Landsec is achieving a sustainable future for the built environment

1) Setting a science-based target. Last year, Landsec became the first property firm to have an emissions target aligned to climate science approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). This industry-leading target aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.

2) Investing in onsite solutions. Landsec recently fitted 2,902 solar panels atop the White Rose shopping centre – the biggest photovoltaic (PV) system at any retail site in the country. The property firm is also a member of The Climate Group’s RE100 and EP100 campaigns, the latter of which has seen the firm pledge to double its energy productivity within 20 years.

3) Focusing on enhancing health and wellbeing. In December 2016, Landsec moved its office headquarters to 100 Victoria Street, where the above video was shot. In making this move, the firm championed active working conditions to improve staff health and wellbeing through the WELL Standard, which aims to transform the indoor environment by placing health and 'wellness' at the centre of design and construction.

4) Actively exploring the financial risks of climate change. As part of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Landsec has been researching the possible impacts of climate change on its portfolio up to the year 2100, using best and worst-case climate change scenarios. The company is beginning to use the findings of these assessments to improve acquisitions, building designs and operational efficiencies across the business.

5) Willing to collaborate for the greater good. Alongside the aforementioned RE100 and EP100 commitments, Landsec is part of numerous collaborative forums to help share best practice across a range of industries to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon business model. This includes working with other commercial property owners to enhance sustainability in the sector through the Better Buildings Partnership and the UK Green Building Council.

All of the video interviews within this Mission Possible series will appear here


Achieve YOUR Mission Possible at edie Live 2018

Landsec's head of sustainability Caroline Hill is among the expert speakers that will be discussing how to achieve Mission Possible on the keynote stage at edie Live 2018.

Taking place on 22-23 May 2018 at the NEC Birmingham, visitors will be inspired by thought-leaders, coached by industry experts, encouraged to collaborate with your peers, and shown the way by hundreds of innovative suppliers and solutions providers.

Find out more about the show and register for your free pass here.


Luke Nicholls & Matt Mace


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