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edie has launched a new report that acts as a business blueprint of key considerations for the UK private sector to assist with efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

Housing and business buildings are responsible for 78% of the capital’s annual operational emissions

London Mayor Sadiq Khan declares 'retrofit revolution' to slash building emissions

London will soon host a new £3.5m 'centre of excellence' to help social housing providers retrofit their homes, and City Hall has also entered a new partnership deal that could unlock £10bn of private finance to cut building emissions.

The challenge for Biden, Boris, and the rest of us

Imagine yourself several decades from now, settled happily in your rocking chair, when your wide-eyed great-granddaughter walks into the room. She fixes you with a stare and asks the question you have long dreaded: "What exactly did you do to cut carbon emissions from the UK's stock of homes and commercial buildings in the early twenty-first century?"

More than 80% of homes standing today will still be standing in 2050, the point by which the UK has committed to reaching net-zero

After Green Homes Grant failure, Government 'dodges' recommendations on energy-efficient homes

The Government has admitted that it did not consult stakeholders before launching the now-defunct Green Homes Grant scheme, in a document that MPs have said is evidence that it is shirking responsibility on domestic energy efficiency.

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Taylor Wimpey targets nature net-gain under new sustainability strategy

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has published an updated environment strategy, with headline targets including science-based emissions reductions and a commitment to increase habitat at all new sites.

The scheme had targeted 600,000 homes, but just 53,000 homes made successful applications before its closure

Green Homes Grant: Less than 10% of promised vouchers issued

Less than £200m of the £2bn of vouchers initially promised under the UK's Green Homes Grant Scheme has been issued, new official Government figures show.

Diageo's low-carbon bottles and Michelin's carbon-neutral 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.

Taking a data-backed approach to sustainable offices

In light of Covid-19, travel restrictions and the adoption of flexible working arrangements have resulted in a general decrease in office occupation in the UK. Teams have adapted and embraced the use of teleconferencing, which has provided a convenient, low-carbon alternative to in-person meetings and is expected to be sustained, at least to some degree, in the future.

British Land's portfolio is currently valued at around £14.8bn

British Land confirms approved science-based targets on journey to net-zero

Property development and investment giant British Land has had interim carbon reductions targets to help deliver net-zero emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

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What does the UK's sustainable office of the future look like?

Many of the UK's biggest businesses are planning to downsize their office estates this year, while outlining plans to continue remote working post-lockdown. But are environmental considerations a driver, as well as Covid-19? And will the office of the future be truly sustainable?

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edie Explains: Sustainable Offices in the 'New Normal'

Why is it important for businesses to explore holistically sustainable offices, in the wake of Covid-19? And what are the key challenges and opportunities for businesses developing more sustainable offices? This free edie Explains guide answers these key questions and more.

Pictured: Morgan Sindall staff taking part in the Carbon Literacy Trust partnership scheme in schools

Morgan Sindall outlines fresh carbon accounting and engagement moves on road to net-zero

After announcing a 2030 net-zero target last month, Morgan Sindall Group has outlined new measures to track and reduce carbon across its construction business - and to engage the communities where its construction projects are located.

The banks warn that a piecemeal, short-term approach would hinder the amount of finance that is funnelled into retrofitting efforts

Retrofit revolution can cut emissions and deliver £7.5bn energy savings for UK

Retrofitting the UK's building stock with low-carbon solutions could reduce national energy costs by £7.5bn a year, create more than 150,000 jobs over a 10-year period and cut carbon emissions by 20%, MPs have been told.

SWR has committed to reducing the energy consumption of its building portfolio by 41% by 2024

LED retrofit reduces energy use by 21% for South Western Railway

South Western Railway (SWR) has delivered a 21% reduction in the energy consumption of its properties, following the installation of more than 16,000 LED light fittings across its properties.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Choosing to challenge for International Women's Day 2021

The new edie podcast episode is streaming now, featuring three exclusive interviews to mark International Women's Day 2021.

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New report details how businesses can help deliver sustainable cities and communities post-Covid-19

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities & Communities

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report provides a detailed progress update on how businesses are transforming operations, services and supply chains to deliver Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities across the globe.

Last year, Morgan Sindall was among the construction firms to jointly declare a climate emergency

Morgan Sindall targets net-zero emissions by 2030

The Morgan Sindall Group is the latest construction company to commit to reaching net-zero emissions, aiming to reach that milestone by 2030 at the latest.

Natalie joined Grosvenor in 2015, where she combines her expertise in sustainability management with her experience as an analyst and surveyor

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Natalie Orde, Grosvenor Europe

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Grosvenor Europe's sustainability manager Natalie Orde.

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Report: Real estate sector's inaction on climate change could increase costs by $2.5trn

Globally, real estate firms could rack up $2.5trn of additional costs in the future unless they accelerate action to decarbonise buildings and to boost climate adaptation and resilience this decade.

Pavan joined Multiplex in 2015 as a sustainability graduate and has quickly progressed to a senior position

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Pavan Patel, Multiplex Construction Europe

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Multiplex's senior sustainability manager, Pavan Patel.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the redevelopment of CDL's Republic Plaza property, located in Singapore’s Central Business District

Real estate giant CDL targets net-zero operations by 2030

City Developments Limited (CDL) has become the first large business in Southeast Asia to sign the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) net-zero carbon buildings commitment.

The UK Government is notably targeting 600,000 domestic heat pumps by 2028

Low-carbon heat: UK's heat pump sales set to almost double this year

The UK's heat pump manufacturers have collectively placed orders with suppliers for more than 67,000 units this year - around double the number currently already in warehouses and on shelves.

Companies from the oil and gas, metals, mining and utilities sectors will all be subjected to the programme and will be required to set science-based targets 

Aviva Investors warns it will divest from climate laggards

Aviva Investors has warned that it will fully divest from companies that fail to decarbonise in alignment with net-zero climate science and will issue a new programme that engages with carbon-intensive companies to meet climate goals.

Pictured: Salford's Slate Yard development, backed by Legal & General

Legal & General plots course to net-zero real estate across £21bn UK portfolio

Legal & General's Real Assets arm has outlined plans to reach net-zero across its UK real estate portfolio by 2050, including new investments in onsite renewable energy and carbon offsetting.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (right) and the Green Finance Institute's Emma Harvey (left) present the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet CBRE Global Investors

With less than two weeks until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Investor of the Year Award, CBRE Global Investors.

Chris joined Wills Bros Ltd in 2018 and has quickly risen up the ranks to lead his own team

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Chris Landsburgh, Wills Bros Ltd

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New homes will be required to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31% by 2021 compared to current levels

Government unveils 'radical' energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

All homes and business facilities will be required to meet new energy efficiency standards that reduce energy consumption and lower bills by 2025, after the Government finally outlined responses to the Future Homes Standard.

Pictured: The Bauhaus office block in Manchester, which is WELL Gold certified

Orchard Street targets net-zero across £4bn portfolio of buildings

Commercial property investment manager Orchard Street, which manages retail units, offices and industrial facilities worth more than £4bn, has outlined plans to reach net-zero ahead of the UK government's 2050 deadline.

The BBC is expected to flesh out the net-zero commitments over the coming months

BBC to outline net-zero target for 2030

The BBC's director-general Tim Davie has outlined ambitions to staff for the broadcaster to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, with further details expected later in the year.

Mace will now aim to further reduce its absolute emissions by 10% each year through to 2026

Mace achieves net-zero operations and developments

Major construction and consultancy firm Mace has announced that it is now a net-zero business, after investing in measures to reduce emissions and setting up an offsetting scheme.

TSB is developing science-based targets to support its net-zero vision

TSB and Aviva Investors plot pathway to net-zero carbon

Major retail bank TSB has unveiled its plans to reach net-zero by 2030, after cutting operational emissions by 66% during 2020. At the same time, Aviva Investors has revealed its plans to decarbonise its real assets portfolio.

#SustyTalk: How can the built environment deliver a green recovery?

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with a special panel discussion on the green recovery for the built environment, featuring Bennetts Associates' director Peter Fisher and FORE Partnership's managing director Basil Demeroutis.

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Report: Can the built environment achieve a green recovery?

edie has today (8 January) launched a free report detailing the appetite within the built environment sector to collaborate to overcome the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to "build back better" by championing the green recovery.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for the built environment

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, the built environment.

The Roadmap will help Lendlease align with the 1.5C trajectory

Lendlease outlines roadmap to reach zero carbon emissions in Europe

International property and investments group Lendlease has launched a new roadmap which outlines how eliminating diesel use on construction sites and procuring 100% renewable electricity will help the company reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

The Adaptation Communication will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) alongside the newly created NDC

UK ramps up climate adaptation plans in build up to COP26

The UK has become one of the first countries to publish an official plan setting out how the nation is responding to the climate crisis through adaptation and resiliency plans that focus on flood prevention and rewilding.

Pictured: An artist's impression of Grosvenor's build-to-rent neighbourhood, under development in Berdmonsey 

Think Zero: Grosvenor plots pathway to net-zero by 2030

Property developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has outlined plans to become a net-zero business by 2030 and earmarked £90m to retrofit and 'future-proof' its portfolio of buildings across London.

CWG plays host to more than 7.7 million square feet of office space and almost one million square feet of retail space

Canary Wharf Group targets net-zero by 2030

London-based property giant Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has outlined plans for reaching net-zero by 2030, including new commitments on electric vehicles and heat.

Kate joined Cadogan earlier this year after more than four years at Hammerson

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Kate Neale, Cadogan

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Cadogan's sustainability manager Kate Neale.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (centre) presents the Ikea team with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Ikea's Greenwich store

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Built Environment Project of the Year, Ikea.

The 100-page report outlines the Government’s intention to “deliver an infrastructure revolution” that is tied to net-zero

National Infrastructure Strategy: Government to deliver 'revolution' tied to net-zero

The Government has launched its long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy, detailing how transport, industry, energy and the built environment will be transformed to reach net-zero, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak using his spending review to confirm a £12bn commitment to the net-zero transition in 2021-2022.

Julie studied Business Administration but soon discovered that her passions lie in delivering positive outcomes for people and planet, too

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Julie Dang, Canary Wharf Group

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Canary Wharf Group's CSR programme coodinator Julie Dang.

Each episode provides a deep dive into a net-zero or carbon-neutral strategy in less than 30 minutes

Net-Zero Navigators podcast: Meet Velux's vice-president for sustainability, Ingrid Reumert

To mark Net-Zero November, edie is publishing a mini series of podcasts interviewing the trendsetters and trailblazers in the net-zero movement. Up next: Velux's VP for global communications, sustainability & public affairs, Ingrid Reumert.

London can lead the UK's net-zero ambition as a world beating sustainable city

Boris Johnson's party conference address confirmed an already established belief that the green economy is no longer a fringe idea but is ripe for centre stage. The government is wholeheartedly committing to our net-zero targets - and is now detailing the tangible measures that can make this a reality.

BEIS believes its approach will create up to 130,000 jobs. Green groups are calling for long-term certainty that they will be protected

£2bn Green Homes Grant and £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open for applications

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has officially launched £3bn of initiatives aimed at improving the energy efficiency of housing and public sector buildings.

The Government is ramping up spending on "greener" forms of housebuilding

Future Homes Task Force to ensure housebuilding is aligned to UK's net-zero target

A new cross-sector Future Homes Task Force is set to establish a multi-million-pound Delivery Hub to assist the built environment sector in improving the environmental footprint of new housebuilding.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Talking net-zero for World Green Building Week 2020

Episode 91 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast delivers three exclusive interviews with experts across the built environment sector to mark World Green Building Week 2020. With buildings accounting for around 40% of global energy consumption and 33% of emissions, this sector is a key focus in the transition to net-zero.

By 2036, the circular economy could add £35bn to the UK economy

Report: Circular economy can halve emissions of UK infrastructure projects

Transitioning to a circular economy can assist in the net-zero transition, with a new report supported by AECOM stating that carbon reductions of up to 50% can be delivered and £35bn generated for the UK economy by using closed-loop materials throughout the design process of infrastructure projects.

The organisations involved want the report to provide data-led solutions that can inform business decisions on how to use NBS and how they can contribute to wider corporate strategies

Businesses urged to harness 'nature-based solutions' to combat climate emergency

Businesses have been called upon to trial and pilot 'nature-based solutions' (NBS) in helping them reduce environmental impacts while helping the surrounding areas improve resiliency against a range of climate risks.

The built environment is responsible for 39% of global emissions annually, making the sector a key focus for the net-zero transition

Mott MacDonald signs World Green Building Council's net-zero commitment

Five major companies including Mott MacDonald have signed up to the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) net-zero carbon commitment, which binds signatories to reach carbon neutral operations by 2030.

The report also noted that the group achieved a 6.5% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of production during the reporting year from a 2015 baseline

Ibstock to pilot net-zero factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock has announced plans to pilot at least one net-zero factory, with the company outlining its intention to set a net-zero carbon goal for its operations in the near future.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Turley's journey to carbon neutrality

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, discussions on engagement and offsetting with Turley.

The whitepaper confirms that MPs will respond to the consultation on the Future Homes Standard this autumn

Government faces backlash over 'zero-carbon-ready' homes proposal

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has today unveiled new proposals to streamline the planning process for housebuilders, in a bid to deliver homes that are "zero carbon ready", but environmental groups have warned that the shake-up to planning could neglect the natural environment.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the finished project. Image: Landsec

Landsec unveils plans for UK's first net-zero office in London

Property developer Landsec has revealed that it is progressing plans for what it hopes will be the UK's first net-zero commercial building - an office block in Southwark, south London.

Boris Johnson has vowed to 'build, build, build' - but what must happen now to ensure that government and the construction sector are 'building back better'?

Building back better: What role should construction and retrofit sectors play in the UK's green recovery?

EXCLUSIVE: The Treasury this month launched a £3bn package to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings while boosting employment post-pandemic. But what needs to happen now to ensure that the schemes it funds align with net-zero, and what about new buildings?

The net-zero target builds on a 26% reduction in carbon emissions and a 23% reduction in energy intensity recorded by M&G Real Estate since 2012

M&G Real Estate sets out net-zero commitment

M&G Real Estate has unveiled new carbon reduction targets, committing to reaching net-zero emissions across its operations by 2030 and its real estate portfolio by 2050, in line with the Government's net-zero target.

Solar-powered carpark lighting poles will offset more than 9,000kWh of energy use annually

First zero-emission McDonald's restaurant unveiled at Disney, Florida

McDonald's has unveiled its first zero-emissions restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, with solar arrays, green walls and kinetic bikes all featuring to create enough renewable energy that the building will need each year.

In total, the Update detailed £160bn of spending. Image: Parliament Live TV

'An encouraging start': Reaction as Treasury unveils £3bn boost for green economy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Summer Economic Update to Parliament, including a £3bn package to stimulate the UK's green economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has broadly been welcomed by key individuals and organisations.

The survey results come as the Treasury prepares to announce new plans on retrofitting

Survey: Energy professionals believe retrofitting is key to a green Covid-19 recovery

A survey of 350 UK-based energy professionals has found that 80% want the majority of the UK's Covid-19 recovery package funnelled into 'green' industries, with energy efficiency retrofits for housing cited as the most popular route to both economic recovery and net-zero.

The company has also committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity 

Barratt Developments sets net-zero target for 2040

The UK's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, has built on recently announced science-based targets by committing to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Retrofitting would spur progress towards key emissions targets while creating jobs and cutting NHS costs, the letter argues

UK's Covid-19 recovery package must mandate building retrofits, 100 businesses tell Ministers

EDF, Dimplex and Kingspan are among the cohort of 100+ businesses, investors and trade bodies calling for the UK's Covid-19 recovery package to contain legally-binding measures for addressing wasted energy and carbon emissions from housing.

British Land's portfolio is currently valued at around £14.8bn

British Land targets net-zero portfolio by 2030

Property development and investment giant British Land has unveiled a sweeping new sustainability strategy, headlined by a 2030 net-zero target for its office and retail estate.

Buildings account for 40% of the EU's energy consumption and around one-third of its emissions. As such, the built environment sector will require support to align with the bloc's 2050 net-zero ambitions

Green building advocates 'underwhelmed' by EU recovery plan

When the European Commission unveiled its proposed €750bn recovery fund two weeks ago, green activists were expecting a detailed spending programme, with billions of euros allocated to clean mobility, renewables, and an upcoming EU-wide building renovation wave. Those working in the built environment space have, however, expressed disappointment.

The built environment accounts for nearly 40% of global emissions

Number of organisations committed to net-zero buildings doubles in one year

The number of companies, cities, states and regions committed to delivering zero-carbon buildings has more than doubled in year, according to new findings from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) that confirms that 95 signatories are working towards its Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

An array of new businesses announcements are taking place on World Environment Day

NatWest's carbon calculator and Wilko's plastic pledge: The World Environment Day success stories

To mark World Environment Day (5 June) edie's Sustainability Success Stories arrive early, outlining fresh new commitments to sustainability across renewables, resources, the built environment and more.

WWF is calling on the Government to introduce a net-zero economic test that ensures that government spending and taxation is aligned towards the 2050 target

Green recovery: Net-zero transition can create £90bn annual benefits for the UK

The UK's net-zero transition can be the perfect remedy to the economic and health crises caused by the coronavirus, according to a new WWF-commissioned report that suggests that net-zero could deliver more than £90bn in annual benefits to the UK while growing the job market.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

Electric flights and Barilla's recyclable packaging: 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 UK could become a world leader for green hydrogen, as it could become cost competitive much faster, due to enabling policies and low-cost and highly abundant renewable

Report: Renewables to account for three-quarters of UK's power demand by 2050

The UK could source 76% of its power demand from renewables by 2050, according to a new report from RenewableUK which claims that the nation's net-zero target will spur rapid demand for green hydrogen while attracting more than £50bn to an already world-leading offshore wind sector.

Over the next 18 months, the working group will focus its efforts on identifying and exploring priorities for action to lay the foundations for net-zero in the UK

Carbon scorecards and working groups: Engineers gear up to support UK's net-zero ambition

The National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC) has outlined the steps that the engineering sector can take to assist with the UK-wide decarbonisation to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, while WSP has led an economy-wide call for strengthened net-zero policies.

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Mission Possible: edie launches new sustainable business report for the retail sector

edie has published a new Mission Possible report today (12 May) outlining the key drives, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable businesses in the UK retail sector.

One key recommendation is the inclusion of “climate conditionalities” into stimulus packages that enable different-sized corporates to recovery through sustainable actions

Business leaders call for recovery packages to be tied to net-zero corporate targets

The chief executives from 40 global organisations including BP, Heathrow Airport, Shell and HSBC, have called on governments to focus economic recovery packages in ways that enable sectors and businesses to transition to low-carbon and resilient models of operation.

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Green buildings on the BBC: Is the built environment about to have its 'Blue Planet' moment?

The aftermath of BBC's Blue Planet 2 series sparked an unprecedented public outcry against single-use plastics, where businesses were firmly in the crosshairs. The nature document skirted around the issues of plastic waste in the ocean, but even just a fleeting lock at its impact sparked global change.





Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

World GBC's 'Paris proof' buildings and Abu Dhabi's low-cost solar: The sustainability success stories of the week

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According to the New London Architecture (NLA), there are more than 750 office buildings in  central London and more than a further 210 in the pipeline

JLL: Green offices more likely to bring in rent premium, less likely to sit empty

Property giant JLL has unveiled new research charting the financial benefits of investment in sustainable office buildings, including rent premium, future risk mitigation and higher tenancy rates.

Each week, edie rounds up some of the best sustainability stories across five key pillars

Carlsberg's electric trucks and Abu Dhabi's plastics ban: 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.

Globally, the built environment accounts for around 40% of emissions

Built environment: Avison Young and St. Modwen set net-zero carbon targets

Real estate advisor Avison Young and housebuilder St. Modwen have become the latest companies in the built environment sector to pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

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Derwent's net-zero target and Microsoft's 'geowell': The sustainability success stories of the week

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The built environment sector is regarded as one of the UK’s hardest-to-abate sectors, accounting for around 40% of national annual energy consumption and 33% of national annual emissions

Government urged (again) to revamp low-carbon homes plan

The Government has yet again been urged to reconsider proposed approaches to energy efficiency in housebuilding, after a coalition of councils urged Ministers to remove restrictions that would inhibit higher standards being set.

Scaling up renewable energy generation is listed in the analysis as one of the most important climate solutions of our lifetime.  Image: Project Drawdown 

Report: Existing climate solutions, not innovations, crucial to meeting net-zero

Humanity will be able to reach a net-zero world by 2050 - as recommended by the IPCC in its landmark report on climate change - using existing, established technologies and practices, a major new scientific study has concluded.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and is widely considered hard-to-abate. Image: Cemex

Cemex targets net-zero concrete by 2050

Multinational cement and building materials giant Cemex has pledged to reach net-zero across its operations and products by 2050, as part of a new climate action strategy.

The funds will explore and trial technologies that can switch industrial production from fossil fuels to renewables

Government focuses on hydrogen in £90m industrial decarbonisation funding

The UK Government has announced £90m in funding to help cut emissions from industrial processes and the built environment, including the backing of two low-carbon hydrogen production plants.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

RBS's climate goals and Aldi's plastic bag crackdown: The sustainability success stories of the week

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Johnson’s preference to fill the Treasury with his own advisors suggests that he seeks more control over the spending decisions.

Cabinet reshuffle: Is the promised 'green budget' in doubt?

Earlier this week Chancellor Sajid Javid was said to be reviewing a string of new subsidies to assist with the UK's net-zero transition. With Javid today (13 February) resigning from the position, doubts have been caused as to whether the UK Government can prioritise the green economy in the March Budget.

Khan's damning letter has been sent to the Secretaries for Housing and BEIS, as well as the London Minister and 10 Downing Street. Image: City Hall 

Government's plans for low-carbon homes are 'a step backwards' on climate, London Mayor warns

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Ministers to improve plans for decarbonising the UK's built environment sector, claiming that the capital and other cities are already going further and faster in the face of the climate emergency.

The UK Green Building Council supported Barratt through its target development

UK's largest housebuilder sets 1.5C-aligned emissions targets

Barratt Development has committed to reducing direct and indirect carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement's more ambitious 1.5C trajectory.

£3.7bn is equivalent to around 3% of the NHS's annual spend. Image: Francis Tyers, CC BY 3.0 

Report: Stronger green policies for transport and homes would save NHS £3.7bn each year

By implementing stronger policies around walking, cycling, electric vehicles and energy efficiency in homes, the Government could save the NHS at least £3.7bn per year.

The local authority has also confirmed plans to bolster its existing £84m climate-related funding pot with an additional £1m of operational funding and £18m of capital investment

Net-zero cities: Oxford's mission to become carbon-neutral by 2030

edie's new mini-series exploring how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions continues, this time with a look at how Oxford and its Citizens' Climate Assembly are aiming for net-zero by 2030.

The built environment accounts for 40% of national energy use and around one-third of emissions

UK commercial properties wasting £60m in avoidable energy bills

UK businesses are wasting energy to the tune of £60m in unnecessary energy bills, according to a new Green Alliance report that is calling for better commercial energy management to help reach the UK's climate targets.

John Dunne, Wates' group health, safety, environment and quality director

Wates Group targets zero waste and carbon by 2025

Private-owned construction firm Wates Group has committed to new goals that target zero waste from all onsite operations and zero carbon emissions from operations and vehicle fleets by 2025.

Pictured: Liverpool Waters’ Princes Dock. Image: Peel L&P

UK's first net-zero offices certified in Manchester and Liverpool

A portfolio of 11 office properties across Liverpool and Greater Manchester have been verified as net-zero carbon against the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) standard, in what the developer has described as a national first.

The unstoppable momentum of net-zero

With approximately 40% of the UK's carbon emissions attributable to the built environment, our industry represents a huge slice of the pie when it comes to driving down emissions. And with the legally binding target of the UK being net-zero by 2050 in place, now is the time for construction and property businesses to step up and take action.

The council’s declaration noted that “taking immediate action will help to protect Nottingham people from the consequences of irreversible climate change

Net-zero cities: Nottingham's mission to be carbon-neutral by 2028

edie's new mini-series exploring how local authorities are collaborating with businesses to actuate community-centred sustainability schemes on the road to net-zero emissions continues, this time with a look at how Nottingham plans to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city by 2028.

Tom recently celebrated one year at Sir Robert McAlpine, having previously worked across a broad range of built environment projects for Bouygues

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Tom King, Sir Robert McAlpine

This series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Tom King, sustainability manager at Sir Robert McAlpine.

A PV array at Landsec's Ludgate building

Landsec aiming to become net-zero business by 2030, sets 1.5C science-based target

Commercial real estate firm Landsec has launched an updated sustainability strategy for its carbon emissions, aiming to become a net-zero business by 2030 and reduce its absolute carbon emissions by 70% as part of a 1.5C science-based target.

the WorldGBC, Landsec and Workspace are forming different but collective paths to net-zero

The collaborative push for net-zero emissions in the built environment

For Net-Zero November, edie sits down with a mainstay sustainability leader, a disruptive new firm and the organisation coordinating an entire sector to see how the built environment can collaboratively transition to a net-zero economy.

Landsec needs to ensure that the reduction levels remain the same for the end of Q4

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.


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