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Call for interest – BBP launches owner-occupier forum to tackle sustainability issues

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), a collaboration of the UK’s leading property owners who work together to improve the sustainability of the UK’s existing commercial buildings, is inviting major corporate occupiers to collaborate in a new owner-occupier forum on sustainability issues.

Initiated as part of the BBP’s Climate Commitment published earlier this year, this Forum will seek to bring together senior real-estate decision makers to collaborate with the objective of delivering net zero carbon buildings by 2050.

The BBP’s Climate commitment, signed by over 20 CEOs and CIOs and covering over £300 billion of Assets Under Management (AUM) acknowledged that with as much as 70 per cent of a buildings’ emissions attributable to occupiers activities their commitment to tackle climate change cannot be delivered without closer collaboration.

One of the greatest challenges in achieving net zero carbon buildings lies in the relationship between owners and occupiers; whilst they have zero carbon targets in common, a series of institutional, technical & legal barriers have made progress challenging.  The owner-occupier forum will enable owners and occupiers to tackle these barriers by creating strategic alliances, and share knowledge to scale up action across portfolios.

The BBP is collaborating with several major stakeholder bodies to encourage occupier participation in the Forum including: The Climate Group, the Hospitality Carbon Reduction Forum, CoreNet Global UK Chapter and the Innovation Gateway.

BBP CEO, Sarah Ratcliffe commented: “The BBP has long been advocating greater owner-occupier collaboration to improve the sustainability performance of assets, but if we are to scale-up action at the pace required to deliver real impact, we need to tackle the industry-wide issues that still prevail. We are excited to be launching this new Forum for leaders from real estate owners and occupiers and hope that this will enable them to reap the environmental, social and financial benefits of collaborative action to deliver net zero carbon buildings.”

The BBP is inviting Board members & Property Directors of occupiers to contact Sarah Ratcliffe directly by ​the end of January 2020: s.ratcliffe@betterbuildingspartnership.co.uk

Climate Commitment Signatories: 

  • Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Aviva Investors Real Estate
  • British Land
  • Bruntwood
  • Canary Wharf Group
  • Capital & Regional
  • Derwent London PLC
  • DWS
  • Great Portland Estates PLC
  • Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
  • Grosvenor Europe
  • Hammerson PLC
  • Hermes Investment Management
  • intu
  • Landsec
  • LaSalle Investment Management
  • LGIM Real Assets
  • Lendlease Europe
  • Low Carbon Workplace
  • M&G Real Estate
  • Nuveen Real Estate
  • Schroder Real Estate Investment Management
  • Transport for London
  • Workspace Group PLC

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