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UKGBC names UK Built Environment Climate Ambassadors

A number of influential property leaders have been appointed as UK Built Environment Climate Ambassadors, mobilised to fight climate change ahead of the United Nations COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.

The construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure is responsible for nearly 40 per cent of global greenhouse gases.

“Understanding the scale of this challenge has led to many leading organisations to recognise the urgent need to change for the good of the planet, and kick-start the high-paid green jobs revolution” says the UKGBC. Adding “the UK’s role as host, and as the country that started the industrial revolution, has thrown a harsh spotlight on the size of the challenge. And revealed the huge economic potential in solving the problem”.

The UK Built Environment Climate Ambassadors are:

  • Chris Brown, Executive Chair, Igloo Regeneration
  • Tor Burrows, Executive Director, Grosvenor
  • Guy Grainger, Global Head of Sustainability Services & ESG, JLL
  • Bill Hughes, Head of Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Paul King, MD Sustainability & Social Impact, Lendlease Europe
  • Kevin McCloud, Designer, Writer & Television Presenter
  • Dame Alison Nimmo DBE, Non-Executive Director, Berkeley Group Plc, St Modwen Properties Plc & MHCLG
  • Sunand Prasad, Principal of Perkins & Will, co-founder of Penoyre & Prasad and Chair of the Board of Trustees at UKGBC
  • Diba Salam, Founder & Creative Director, StudioDS
  • Leila du Toit, Sustainability Manager, Canary Wharf Contractors Limited

As part of their role, the Built Environment Climate Ambassadors will champion the development of the Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the UK Built Environment. This project has been established to deliver a science-based trajectory for reducing built environment emissions in line with limiting global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees.

A number of these individuals will take on the additional role of #BuildingLife Ambassadors for WorldGBC, which will see them support the international campaign to promote the roadmaps and push for more progressive policies across Europe.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC said: “I am thrilled that this diverse group of influential leaders are taking on this role as UK Built Environment Climate Ambassadors.

“Appointed by UKGBC for their vision and unswerving commitment to climate action, they will help us to leverage this pivotal conference to galvanise stronger commitment and action from both industry and government towards net zero carbon ahead of 2050. There can be no doubt as to the fundamental role that our built environment has to play in helping to achieve a decarbonized economy. And we need all the help we can get to bring multiple stakeholders on board if we’re to transform our built environment into one that enables both people and planet to thrive.”

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