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RICS calls for urgent action to decarbonise real estate

With buildings producing approximately 25 per cent of all UK emissions, RICS is calling on the Government to urgently address gaps and meet ambitious climate targets.

According to RICS, existing UK Government decarbonisation policies are “insufficient” and have “no incentives” to manage operational carbon emissions, an “absence” of regulation of embodied carbon from design to construction, and a “limited” retrofit programme.

The RICS Decarbonising UK real estate report calls for:

  • The modernisation of the EPC scheme
  • Establishment of a UK-wide retrofit programme
  • A whole life approach to measuring carbon emissions with metrics and benchmarks to regulate emissions in line with climate targets

To find out more, RICS has created a fact sheet providing a snap shot of its recommendations for policy reform to decarbonise real estate.

For the full list, and a detailed discussion of policy role and gaps, download the RICS report Decarbonising UK real estate: recommendations for policy reform here.

Webinar: How to control the flow of people and parcels through your facility – 23 November at 11am

According to Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, worldwide parcel volume is likely to double in the next five years, with the UK showing the highest increase in carrier revenue of all 13 countries in the Index.

Alongside a huge uptake in the volume of parcel volume and spend, post pandemic, the adoption of hybrid working patterns means that FMs need to find ways to enable staff to book / host collaborative meetings in available workspaces and to find desk, office and parking spaces by utilising automation and data capture to enable site governance.

Yet a recent survey by FMJ in partnership with Pitney Bowes found that 20 per cent of recipients are still using manual paper-based visitor systems, which doesn’t fit with their top priority – to maintain a safe and operational environment.

This overwhelming reliance on paper-based systems is causing many respondents bottlenecks, resulting in a lack of efficiently in logging and tracking packages and people coming into the organisation.

In this webinar, Gary Abbott Director of Business Development and Stuart Bushaway, Head of Dealers Operations and FM Relationships at Pitney Bowes will outline the main findings of the two surveys and what this could mean for FMs, followed by a discussion, chaired by FMJ Editor Sara Bean with a panel of thought leaders into the solutions available to meet these challenges.

Register for the webinar here.

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