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Landsec hits science-based targets 11 years early

Commercial real estate firm Landsec has met its verified science-based target 11 years ahead of schedule, with the company's latest quarterly energy data revealing that carbon intensity has fallen by 40%.

As three of the UK's most-emitting sectors, new measures for transport, the built environment and power were mentioned repeatedly in the response paper. 

Government unveils new net-zero support for buildings and 'every single mode of transport'

The UK Government has published its highly-anticipated response to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) advice on meeting net-zero carbon by 2050, including new measures to decarbonise business buildings and transport, and to support the uptake of energy storage at scale.

Pictured: Glasgow City Council's chambers. The local authority recently committed to net-zero by 2030 as part of its bid to host COP26. 

Glasgow signs up primary school as its first flexible energy asset

As part of its bid to become a carbon-neutral city by 2030, Glasgow City Council is set to use one of its primary schools as a flexible energy asset on the demand side response (DSR) market.

The proposals are set to come into force at the end of 2020

‘A significant improvement’: Government unveils Future Homes vision

Triple glazing, buildings fabrics that limit heat loss, low-carbon heating systems and onsite generation assets will likely be mandatory requirements for new homes, after the Government unveiled its vision for a Future Homes Standard (FHS).

World Green Buildings Week is a time for reflection on progress to date, as well as planning for future action

World Green Building Week: Ten of Europe's most eye-catching sustainable buildings

To mark World Green Building Week, edie is showcasing ten European buildings with best-practice sustainability credentials.

Speaking exclusively to edie, Gamboa said that the report acts as a market signal for how companies within the built environment sector should act

Embodied carbon: WorldGBC embarks on 'radical' new approach towards net-zero

EXCLUSIVE: The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has issued a new report outlining how companies in the sector can focus on both operational and embodied carbon to reach net-zero emission buildings by 2050, warning the companies ignoring this new approach could be "outpaced by the innovators".

23 businesses, 23 cities and six states around the world have now signed the WGBC commitment. Image: JLL

JLL targets 'net-zero' buildings by 2030

Property consultancy JLL has signed the World Green Building Council's (WGBC) net-zero carbon buildings commitment, committing it to bring operational carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

The warning has been sent to every English council currently developing a new local plan

Dozens of councils set to miss legal climate obligations, ClientEarth warns

Environmental law firm ClientEarth has warned more than 100 local authorities that they will miss their legal climate targets without strengthening plans to decarbonise buildings and transport.

(L-R) Landsec team, presenter Paul Toyne, sustainability
development expert and compere Michaela Strachan

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Landsec, The Built Environment

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Mission Possible: The Built Environment award, Landsec.

The biggest school climate strike to date, on March 15, garnered the support of 1.4 million students in 112 countries. Image: Anders Hellberg Anders Hellberg [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

RIBA backs school climate strikes as Greta Thunberg sets sail across Atlantic

The President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Ben Derbyshire, has urged architects across the UK to stand in solidarity with students taking part in the SchoolStrike4Climate movement next month.

These six challenges should be the key focus for the new Prime Minister. Number 10 [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Six huge challenges Boris Johnson must tackle, according to the green economy

With Boris Johnson winning the race to become the new Prime Minister, edie has reached out to the green economy experts to create a six-pillar wishlist that could drive the UK's climate aspiration to unprecedented heights.

These stories exemplify how businesses and governments across the world are ramping up efforts in all areas of sustainable development

Coors' plastic-free packaging and solar-powered trains: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

This weekly round-up details how businesses are ramping up their ambitions and actions across all areas of sustainable development 

Co-op's 1.5C target and India's 500GW renewables goal: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

EPCs: The seldom-used tool that can unlock greater efficiency

The 2016 Paris Agreement was a watershed moment for international action on climate change. With 195 signatories, the accord has forced governments into action, with many looking to enshrine 'net zero' targets into law

A key focus of the strategy is that of the built environment. Image: Google

Google's new circular economy strategy to 'maximise reuse' across its operations

Tech giant Google has launched a new circular economy initiative aimed at addressing an "inherently unsustainable" demand for resources and products by leveraging the transformational potential of technology.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has also argued that the UK's homes could jeopardise progress towards its legally binding emissions targets 

UK-wide homes retrofit project needed to hit 2050 net-zero goal

The task of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 presents a "vital role" for engineers, including the potential for a massive retrofitting programme across the UK's housing stock, a trade body has claimed.

Dublin (pictured) is among the eight cities taking part 

Coalition of cities target net-zero carbon buildings by 2050

A coalition of eight European cities, including Dublin and Leeds, have pledged to completely decarbonise their existing building stocks by 2050.

The 'Mission Possible: 2019' report includes contributions from leading businesses including BT, Carlsberg, Interface, Landsec, Berkeley Group, and UPS

Sustainable business in action: edie launches flagship Mission Possible 2019 report

edie has today (21 May) published its flagship 'Mission Possible: 2019' report mapping out the future of sustainable business, featuring contributions from an array of renowned sustainability pioneers including Paul Polman and Steve Howard, along with senior representatives from the likes of BT, Carlsberg, The Climate Group and We Mean Business.

ECC claims the target is "ambitious" and that it acknowledges the existence of a "Climate Emergency"

Edinburgh commits to become 'net-zero' carbon city by 2030

Edinburgh City Council (ECC) has pledged to ensure that the city operates on a "net-zero" carbon basis by 2030 - 15 years before Scotland's national net-zero target for 2045.

Mission Possible: The 2019 report

This exclusive edie report showcases world-leading and potentially game-changing examples of sustainability in action across the Mission Possible campaign's five pillars: Energy, Resources, Mobility, The Built Environment and Business Leadership.

<p>Some developers have already voluntarily adopted a net-gain approach to biodiversity, but the Government looks set to mandate it by law. Image: Berkley Group</p>

Natural Capital Committee: Biodiversity net-gain must not rely on offsetting

The UK Government's independent advisor on natural capital has criticised proposals put forward by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) that would require developers to pay for biodiversity offsets in other regions if their projects result in habitat loss.

<p>Skanska UK's most famous projects include the Gherkin (pictured), Crossrail and the Scalpel</p>

Skanska UK pledges to become a carbon-neutral business by 2045

Construction and property development giant Skanska has committed to reduce the carbon emissions of its UK business to zero by 2045, without purchasing carbon credits for offsetting.

The report was launched against a backdrop of calls for a net-zero target to be enshrined into UK law

Framework launched to deliver net-zero built environment

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a new framework today (30 April) outlining how developers, designers, owners, occupiers and policymakers can define and deliver a net-zero built environment.

30% of the buildings JLL manages for clients have now been switched to a 100% renewable electricity contract. Pictured: The 3 Hardman street office complex in Manchester

JLL 'on track' for 100% renewables target by 2020

Real estate giant JLL's electricity mix consists of 90% renewables, putting the firm on track to power its direct UK operations solely with renewable sources by 2020.

This week's innovations could drive significant and sustainable change across the renewables, consumer goods and built environment sectors

Algae-boosted solar panels and floating cities: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

Only 319 other buildings globally have achieved BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ to date

Ikea's new Greenwich store receives highest BREEAM sustainability rating

Home improvement retailer Ikea's Greenwich store has achieved sustainable construction certification BREEAM's 'Outstanding' status, just over two months after it opened.

The CCC’s chairman Lord Deben (L) and team leader for building and industry Jenny Hill (R)

CCC calls for stamp duty and winter fuel payment reform to help decarbonise homes

Members of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have called on Ministers to alter the Government's fiscal policies for winter fuel allowances and stamp duty on homes, in a bid to help decarbonise the UK's housing stock.

A 10-week Defra consultation exploring whether property developers should be required to deliver a

Built environment sector calls for biodiversity focus in upcoming Environment Bill

A group of UK built environment businesses have penned a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, calling on future legislation to boost economic growth through restorative planning that benefits the environment.

Creating a sustainability culture in the construction industry involves going

How to build a sustainability culture within the construction industry

Following edie's insight report on the construction industry, a one-hour webinar, sponsored by Reconomy, brought together industry experts, focusing on how they embedded sustainability cultures within their firms - and how they plan to take forward their agendas.

The webinar is available to watch on-demand to all registrants

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: edie's sustainable built environment webinar featuring UKGBC, Willmott Dixon & Mace Group

Sustainability and energy professionals seeking insight to drive low-carbon practices across the built environment sector can now watch Wednesday's webinar, featuring insight from the UK Green Building Council, Willmott Dixon and Mace Group, on demand

The report explores exactly how the construction sector should be working, innovating and collaborating to achieve a sustainable future

Mission Possible: edie launches new construction sector report

The key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business in the UK construction sector are revealed in edie's latest Mission Possible report, today (6 March).

Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for CONSTRUCTION

This brand-new sector insight report provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's construction industry can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Scottish Power's £2bn renewables pledge and Dublin's zero-emission post: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The eight-page guide provides a step-by step guide to implementing and monitoring 'green office' schemes

How to green your office: edie launches free guide for businesses

Sustainability and energy professionals wishing to implement a 'green office' programme within their organisation now have access to a comprehensive guide outlining practical tips for implementation.

edie Explains: The green office

This free edie Explains guide, developed in partnership with Commercial Group, sets out the key considerations and practical tips for energy and sustainability professionals when it comes to rolling out a 'green office' programme to enhance operational sustainability.

The report criticises the withdrawal of key low-carbon policy frameworks, notably the zero carbon homes scheme

UK homes jeopardising national climate targets, report warns

The UK will not hit its legally binding carbon reduction targets unless the Government acts now to address the "increasing uncomfortable and unsafe" national housing stock, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The report notes that floor space is used as a key component to creating an energy rating, and that a 1% change in property area size could result in a 1-point change to an EPC score

Landlords could be letting illegal properties due to 'inaccurate' EPC ratings, report finds

Landlords across the UK could be letting around 35,000 properties illegally, due to inaccurate Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) scores that could be affecting up to 2.5 million properties, a new report has claimed.

Ikea UK claims that the store, which it hopes will gain BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, is its most sustainable to date

Living Lagom in London: Inside Ikea's new 'leading' sustainable store

edie reporter Sarah George takes a trip to Greenwich to learn how Ikea's new store - touted as its "most sustainable" UK location to date - evidences the company's shift towards circularity and 'climate-positivity'.

Circle Economy estimates that 62% of global emissions (excluding those from land use and forestry) are released during the extraction, and manufacturing of goods

'A 1.5C world is circular': Nations urged to drive resource productivity to reach climate goals

A new report released today (22 January) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has outlined the urgent need for nations to "wake up to the potential" of the circular economy in order to push the world towards the Paris Agreement's more ambitious pathway.

The commitment builds on Manchester's vision of becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2038

Manchester commits to making all new buildings 'net-zero' by 2028

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has pledged to ensure that all new buildings erected in the city region will be 'net-zero' carbon by 2028.

WATCH: BEIS director outlines vision for a zero-carbon built environment

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Director of energy efficiency Ben Golding has outlined the "win-wins" that can be generated by businesses and public sector organisation by mobilising action towards a zero-carbon built environment by 2050.

This nine-page insight report explores five of the most important mobility areas of focus for sustainability professionals – from EVs and greener fleets, to smarter business travel

A blueprint for business leadership: edie launches sustainable mobility report

edie has today (22 October) launched a brand-new insight report which explores how UK businesses can take the lead on accelerating the transition to more sustainable forms of mobility.

YouGov surveyed almost 850 professionals on a range of sustainability topics, from carbon emissions to energy efficiency

Almost two-thirds of UK businesses yet to set emissions targets, survey reveals

Almost two-thirds (61%) of companies in the UK's private sector have not yet set a specific, numerical target for reducing their emissions, a new survey from consultancy YouGov has revealed.

The webinar was aired on Thursday 27 September and is now available on-demand

Embodied carbon: Should 'net-zero' buildings require carbon-neutral construction?

EXCLUSIVE: Amid calls for ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to carbon-neutral standards by 2030, key construction industry stakeholders are beginning to ask whether the definition of "net-zero" should cover embodied carbon as well as operational emissions.

The webinar was aired on Thursday 27 September and is now available on-demand

Webinar available on demand: Making net-zero the new normal in the built environment

Representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy discussed how businesses can make 'net-zero' buildings the new normal in a recent edie webinar, which is now available to watch on demand.

Innovations in the built environment are key to making net zero the new normal

Solar window cells and 100-year heat pumps: the best innovations for World Green Building Week

To mark World Green Building Week, edie has re-focused its usual green innovations of the week series to deliver six of the best solutions to help decarbonise the built environment.

Outside of solar arrays, energy-harnessing materials suitable for the built environment are in their infancy

Energy-generating building materials backed by £36m Government funding

The UK Government will spend more than £36m on new technology that will enable building materials to generate, store and release clean energy.

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long, free webinar

One week left to register for edie's green buildings webinar

Sustainability and energy representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on green buildings, taking place 27 September.

The built environment: Leading the way with LEDs

Lighting makes our world. Imagine the London skyline at night without the millions of lights illuminating the city, or trying to navigate your office, local shopping centre or even your home with just a candle... Like it or not, the built environment is completely dependent on lighting to provide us with the internal environments we need and expect.

(L-R): Presenter edie’s senior reporter Matt Mace; the UBS
team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Sustainable Building of the Year - UBS

With the entry deadline for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards extended until 21 September, this feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Sustainability Building of the Year winners: UBS.

Google believes the data will reduce time and costs for cities hoping to implement emission reduction targets

Google launches new online data tool to help cities lower emissions

Google has launched a new online tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions by targeting projects in the built environment, transport and clean energy sectors.

UKGBC believes that innovative approaches are needed to help reduce emissions, waste and energy use in the construction sector

UKGBC launches sustainable innovation guide for built environment

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched an innovation manual to help companies working in the built environment sector put sustainability at the heart of their operations.

Manufacturing the future: We must chase the positive and reverse climate change

Interface's vice-president and chief sustainability officer Erin Meezan recently provided the foreword to edie's brand-new sector insight report, which provides an end-to-end overview of the steps that organisations within Britain's manufacturing industry can take to achieve a sustainable future, today.

edie's weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Dyson's EV hub and Unilever's solar partnership: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's green buildings webinar

Sustainability and energy representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on green buildings, taking place 27 September.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined 18 other mayors in signing the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration

London commits to global cities 'net-zero carbon' building pledge

The leaders of 19 global cities have committed to eliminating carbon emissions from new building portfolios by 2030, in order to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

edie has listed four key areas of focus to help “move the date”

Earth Overshoot Day: How businesses can 'move the date' to create a sustainable future

Today (1 August) marks Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity consumes more from nature than the planet can renew in a year. The urgent need to "move to the date" back is clear and edie explains how businesses can help by reinvigorating approaches to corporate sustainability.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Panda solar parks and Uber’s e-scooter scheme: This week’s top 5 sustainability success stories

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

A global switch to LEDs could avoid more than 400 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, while generating more than £70bn in cost savings

The Climate Group launches global initiative to fast-track corporate LED uptake

The organisation acting as a driving force in the corporate transition to renewables, electric vehicles and energy productivity has today (July 6) called on the private sector to slash energy demand from the built environment by switching to LED lighting.

The deal will see £170m of Government funding invested in innovations to green the sector

Construction Sector Deal: Government sets course for halving building energy use and emissions

The Government has launched its much-anticipated £420m construction sector deal, which provides a framework for the built environment sector to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

(From l-r) WorldGBC's Victoria Burrows, Canary Wharf Group's Martin Gettings, House of Fraser's Dorothy Maxwell and edie's Luke Nicholls

On the Mission Possible sofa with Victoria Burrows, Martin Gettings & Dorothy Maxwell

The fifth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees World Green Building Council's project manager of Advancing Net Zero Victoria Burrows joined by Canary Wharf Group's head of sustainability Martin Gettings and House of Fraser's head of sustainability Dorothy Maxwell to discuss the built environment.

The pilot scheme will see participating banks explore lower interest rates for mortgages meeting the scheme’s criteria over a period of one to two years

Dozens of top European banks to trial new green mortgages

European banking giants including BNP Paribas, ING Bank and AXA have joined forces to launch a new green mortgage scheme which focuses on helping consumers drive energy efficiency.

Firms are encouraged to promote the aims across the supply chain by incentivising energy demand reductions and the uptake of renewable energy solutions

World Green Building Council calls for net-zero building sector by 2030

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has called on the built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions for building portfolios by 2030, in order to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

The 44-page report is the culmination of months of research and content development for edie's Mission Possible campaign

The future of sustainable business: edie launches landmark Mission Possible 2018 report

edie has published its flagship 2018 report for the Mission Possible campaign, exploring how businesses are scaling up effort and innovation across all areas of development to achieve a sustainable future.

The UK Government will also aim to halve the energy costs for the existing building stock - both domestically and commercially

Theresa May unveils plan to halve building energy use by 2030

Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to halve the energy use from new buildings by 2030, as part of a speech that championed the role that science and technology will play in delivering the Government's Industrial Strategy.

CDP acknowledges that cement is a “hard-to-abate” sector because of its high proportion of inherent process emissions and a lack of obvious replacement materials

'Invisible' cement polluters urged to double climate efforts

European producers were singled out among the worst performers in a new environmental ranking of the world's largest publicly-listed cement companies, published on Monday (9 April).

Landsec's head of sustainability Caroline Hill explains how she is working to achieve a sustainable future for the built environment

Video 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.

Paving the way to a better built environment

Construction businesses lie at the juncture of some of the world's most pressing environmental and societal challenges. Here, the UK Green Building Council's chief executive Julie Hirigoyen charts the progress being made across the industry in the key areas of climate change, resource use, nature and biodiversity, health & wellbeing and socio-economic impact.

ESOS – The Challenges Last Time

We are now in Phase 2 of ESOS and, although the deadline of 5th December 2019 may seem a long way off, you should now be thinking about the compliance process. But how can you learn from the challenges last time?

Why cities are switching to renewables

Over two years after national leaders committed in Paris to keep a global temperature rise to below 2C, municipal leaders at some of the world's largest cities are stepping up to the challenge and harnessing the power of renewable energy.

The public mood is changing – how can business talk to customers about sustainability?

The public mood appears to be changing. David Attenborough's emotive Blue Planet backed by on-going campaigns in the Daily Mail and on Sky has focussed attention on single use plastics. Michael Gove, eager for a positive post-Brexit platform, has sensed an opportunity and started talking about new legislation. Sustainability is creeping up the agenda, customers are getting inquisitive about company behaviour. How should business respond?


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