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CBRE targets supply chain emissions

The property services group has announced a strategic partnership with Emitwise, a carbon accounting software provider.

Global edition of RICS carbon standard out

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched the second edition of its Whole Life Carbon Assessment for the Built Environment standard.

Net zero: UK nations need to work together

Effective working relationships between the UK and devolved governments will be key to achieving net zero by 2050.

Green Property Alliance sharpens focus on commercial sector

A relaunch includes a renewed purpose to stimulate industry-wide engagement on sustainability issues.

Flexspace: sustainability index launched

In a sector first, the index aims to ensure quality data on building performance, helping operators and occupiers track and report on sustainability initiatives.

ISS partners on carbon reduction

The move comes as an acceleration of progress towards full-scope net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

ISS championing workplace sustainability

ISS UK & Ireland has been approved as an official training centre for the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.

Research questions net zero progress

Fewer than 50% of organisations expect to meet decarbonisation targets by 2030.

Sustainable procurement: new advice

New report offers fresh insights into the current state of sustainable procurement adoption in the UK.

New energy procurement advice

New guidance on making informed procurement decisions aims to help accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon electricity grid.

RSK teams up with Cardiff Rugby on sustainability

The environmental services group is on board to help the club achieve its sustainability goals.

NatWest partners on retrofit learning

Teaming up with the Supply Chain Sustainability School will provide a free learning platform to build capabilities.

Mitie partners on major solar project 

Set to be one of the largest solar parking canopy projects in the UK, solar PV and battery installation has been confirmed in Portsmouth.

Rye hospital first to achieve carbon neutrality

Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital has become the UK’s first community hospital to achieve carbon neutrality.

Graham appointed on DfE pilot programme

Graham Asset Management will install low-carbon heating solutions and improve the fabric of selected Cheshire schools.

EMCOR initiative generates social value

EMCOR UK has partnered with Access Community Trust to create employment opportunities and enhance mental wellbeing at work and in the local community.

New site offers SMEs help with sustainability

The UK Business Climate Hub, launched this week, aims to be a one-stop-shop to help businesses save money and go green.

Sustainable makeover at University of Dundee

Recycle Scotland is re-engineering the university’s furniture as a sustainable alternative to disposal.

Equans earns second gold

Equans has been awarded a gold EcoVadis medal for the second year running.

EMCOR publishes first sustainability report

Highlights include the creation of a new carbon team to tackle emissions and support customers to achieve net zero.

Sodexo slashes waste at Oasis academies

Since 1 September 2022 WasteWatch has reduced food waste by 43%, the equivalent of 30,249 meals.

Sustainability: Reconomy cracks £1bn mark

The circular economy specialist has reported record annual turnover of over £1bn in 2022, more than doubling its 2020 figure.

FM missing from whole-building carbon assessments

Rectifying this could help to position FM as a pivotal player in driving decarbonisation efforts.

Morgan Sindall Property Services in retrofit win

Housing provider Longhurst Group turns focus to improving energy efficiency in hundreds of homes.

Wates joins forces to boost retrofit

Wates has become one of the first members of the National Homes Decarbonisation Group.

UKGBC guidance on carbon offsetting and pricing

The guidance urges industry to view carbon offsetting more comprehensively, accompanied by an ambitious approach to internal carbon pricing.

SFMI criteria move with the times

The Sustainable Facilities Management Index assessments for 2023 will contain more scoring around mental health and wellbeing as behaviours become a reporting must.

Caterer partners on sustainability workshops

The initiative sees BM Caterers become the first company to pilot a new sustainability awareness educational programme.

Companies will pay more for sustainable offices

More evidence that there is a premium on green space, this time from the occupant side of the equation.

MPs worry about lack of green plan

A new report from the Public Accounts Committee calls on Whitehall to pull together numerous decarbonisation plans into a coherent strategy.

NEC Group slashes carbon emissions

The live events company, working with OCS Group and Biffa, is boasting of a ‘ground-breaking environmental achievement’.

JLL backs 15 climate-impacting start-ups

In its first year, JLL Foundation investments are helping to catalyse efforts to achieve a more sustainable future.

Call for action on retrofitting

Consultancy and construction company Mace is calling on the industry and government to ramp up efforts to retrofit non-domestic buildings.

Net zero standard out for consultation

The campaign to establish a standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon has reached a significant milestone.

Mitie hits electric fleet milestone

The FM group has transitioned 50% of its fleet to electric vehicles as it progresses toward the ultimate goal of 100% by the end of 2025.

Sodexo showcases positive social impact

Annual report highlights progress and outcomes delivered against the commitments laid out in its Social Impact Pledge.

Measuring and reporting climate risks

The UK Green Building Council has published advice on strategies and processes that asset owners can use to adapt and enhance their climate resilience.

Schools: a whole-building concept for sustainability

A new report looks holistically at how educators can adopt a whole-school approach to sustainability as new requirements loom.

Carbon offsetting: trouble on the horizon

If offsetting is a part of your net zero strategy, you could be looking at a steep rise in costs.

Amey working to improve biodiversity on DIO sites

Through its defence housing contract, the service provider is working to transform local grassland into havens for wildlife.

Net zero: Edinburgh turns to Turner & Townsend

The consultancy group will support the city’s plans to decarbonise homes, workplaces and public buildings.

No action on emissions for a third of businesses

Over a third of businesses are yet to take meaningful action on reducing emissions, according to analysis of ONS figures.

Compass launches decarbonisation initiative

The UK’s largest food and support service provider has announced a new strategic partnership targeting a more sustainable industry.

Net zero: BSI research finds SME opportunities

Progress on sustainability risks being held back as businesses grapple with increasing costs and lack of clarity around the way forward.

Biodiversity: UKGBC launches new guidance

Alongside the climate crisis, we face an ecological crisis in which biodiversity in the UK is under severe and urgent threat.

Retrofit crisis looms

Without a change in board attitudes the UK could face a building retrofit crisis, warns a new report.

Mitie Foundation marks 10th anniversary

Funded by Mitie, the Foundation operates independently, with a separate board and management structure.

NABERS 2.0 launched

The energy efficiency rating scheme for existing office buildings has been extended to meet the needs of owners and occupiers.

IWFM donates surplus equipment

Furniture and tech equipment unneeded following the Institute’s recent move has gone to good causes.

Social value: Compass backs Change Please

The food and facilities services company is extending its current work with the social enterprise.

Sustainability: regulatory updates and the impact on FM

There have been several updates to regulations impacting organisational sustainability over the last six months, requiring greater levels of disclosure.

Mitie offers advice on net zero challenges

A new e-book focuses on the five biggest challenges to reaching net zero and shares insights on overcoming them. 

Kimberly-Clark moves towards 100% green energy

Three green hydrogen projects the consumables group is developing with energy industry partners have won places on a government shortlist.

EMCOR changes its gloves

EMCOR UK has switched to using Polyflex Eco gloves, made from recycled plastic, at British Sugar sites where it provides FM services.

Sodexo Live! scores gold​

The group’s venues specialist has achieved the Green Meetings Gold Award at Ewood Park, the home of Blackburn Rovers FC.

Third of office workers say remove plastic

Research reveals office workers are demanding greater sustainability, and businesses know they need to do more.

Wates FM named sustainability supplier of the year

Wates has been named Best Sustainability Supplier of the Year by HMRC at the department’s annual supplier conference.

Cautious welcome for energy efficiency plan

The government’s strategy for spending up to £2.5bn on improving energy efficiency has had a cautious welcome by the Building Engineering Services Association.

Magenta backs anti-greenwash movement

The built environment communications specialist has signed The Anti-Greenwash Charter, promoting responsible marketing within the industry.

Climate crisis: built environment can deliver viable solutions

But, warns the UK Green Building Council, only with the political will to scale up those solutions.

Green leases: collaboration is essential

Green leases can benefit both landlords and tenants while also serving to decarbonise real estate.

Major London retrofit project commissioned

The project will help decarbonise a heat network for up to 5,000 homes.

Two wheels good, says Sodexo

The services group has increased the amount eligible employees can apply for in its Cycle to Work salary sacrifice scheme.

UKGBC joins Energy Efficiency Taskforce

The council says it is committed to bringing the voice of the sustainable built environment sector to the mission to improve energy efficiency in the UK.

Trio of award wins for Wates

The company has been honoured with three leading zero carbon industry awards in as many weeks.

Sodexo prevents 236 tonnes of food waste

Marking the arrival of Food Waste Action Week, Sodexo UK & Ireland has provided an update on its food waste reduction programme.

Getting serious: carbon targets in executive pay

Companies are increasingly using carbon targets as part of executive pay outcomes.

London property: crunch day coming

Over 50% of inner London commercial stock will be ‘unlettable’ from 2027 as MEES legislative changes loom.

NHS England publishes net zero standard

The aim is to provide technical guidance to support the development of sustainable, resilient and energy-efficient buildings that meet needs now and in the future.

Elior targets action on social value

The contract caterer’s new campaign aims to elevate social value awareness within the firm and unite efforts into a company-wide focus.

Data-sharing key to decarbonisation

That, and regulatory certainty, are needed to accelerate the decarbonisation of the property industry.

BCO guidance on greener and healthier offices

New recommendations come in an early update to the British Council for Offices Guide to Specification.

Senior appointment at SCSS

Balfour Beatty’s group sustainability director has been appointed to the board of the industry-leading Supply Chain Sustainability School.

BESA urges clarity on energy policy

The Building Engineering Services Association has welcomed the creation of a new government department dedicated to delivering energy security and net zero.

Social value: Compass Group tops £590m

Compass Group UK & Ireland’s total social and local economic value has been calculated at £591m.

Sustainability: action can cut costs

Analysis of commercial property service charge data shows that greener buildings have substantially lower energy costs.

Anabas awarded gold for sustainability

EcoVadis, the global sustainability accreditor, has awarded a gold medal to the corporate FM specialist.

Property looks to accelerate decarbonisation

Market prospects may be uncertain over the short-term, but many UK property companies intend to increase investment in carbon reduction this year.

UKGBC launches circular built environment toolkit

The UK Green Building Council has published a new toolkit to accelerate the shift from a linear to a regenerative, circular economy.

Energy: government must speed up spending

The Building Engineering Services Association is calling for the government to accelerate investment in energy efficiency and heat pumps.

ESG: younger workers vote with their feet

New research shows that millennials and younger workers are driving a growing trend of ‘climate quitting’, seeking out more environmentally friendly jobs.

Pinnacle reports ESG success

In its latest published report the services group highlights progress across the key pillars of its ESG framework.

Waste management: where does it all go?

In the UK, the largest contributor to methane emissions from the waste sector is landfill, accounting for 81% of sector emissions.

Sodexo slashes carbon emissions

The UK & Ireland business is reporting a 33% reduction in its Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions since its baseline year of 2017.

BAM unveils new sustainability strategy

The group is aiming to become an industry leader with a strategy it describes as ambitious, transparent and realistic.

Mitie offers decarbonisation predictions

A new insights paper shares views for the year ahead, covering a range of areas including energy, e-mobility, waste and landscapes. 

Green buildings pay

Buildings with better sustainability credentials are achieving markedly higher capital values and rents.

Cloudfm sets 2035 net zero target 

The company is aiming to lead the facilities management industry with a full-scope net zero emissions target for 2035.

Residents want more greenery in Britain’s cities

Research by living wall specialist Biotecture has found that two-thirds of people who live in urban environments want to see more botanical beauty.

Recycled fit-out for Europe Arab Bank

Designers WILL+Partners have delivered a project that has resulted in significant reductions in the client’s waste production and energy use.

EMCOR partners to help with net zero

EMCOR UK has partnered with energy management and sustainability consultancy Verco to provide Route Zero.

NG Bailey confirms SBTi approval

The hard services group has received Science Based Targets initiative validation of it plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

Veolia contract exceeds energy-saving target 

Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae University Hospital benefited from an additional €44k of savings following the first year of operations.

Scope 3 emissions: moving up the agenda

New reporting standards, expected to be published in 2023, will require mandatory Scope 3 disclosures.

Net zero: ‘alarming lack of progress’

A new scorecard from the UK Green Building Council shows that government has fallen behind on decarbonising the built environment over the past year.

Planon secures WELL certification

The Planon Innovation Campus has been awarded certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building Institute.

GSH Group verified as carbon neutral

The FM services company has achieved confirmation of carbon neutrality for 2021.

Morgan Sindall offers decarbonisation tool

Carbon Zero is a new software platform designed to support the social housing sector in achieving net zero targets.

Biffa argues for ‘waste net zero’

The waste management and recycling firm says the right strategy would unlock raw materials, create jobs and slash emissions.

How to save energy

One highly effective way appears to be CUBE, the sector-led competition that helps commercial building users reduce their consumption.

BCO warns on net zero targets

A new report calls for greater collaboration and data-sharing between office building owners and occupiers to improve progress.

SFMI assessments reveal Scope 3 focus

Leading facilities management companies are ahead of the curve for progress on Scope 3 emissions.

EMCOR UK partners with Social Value Portal

The partnership will enable EMCOR to measure, manage and report on its social value impact.

Green buildings are worth more

That argument has been made for some years, but new research now shows a 6% rental premium for buildings with sustainability certifications.

Mitie addresses FM’s ‘most pressing issues’

A new white paper from the FM group tackles eight key questions shaping the industry’s future.

NG Bailey net zero targets validated

Near-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets at the hard services group have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Arcus launches net zero plan

The company’s strategy aims to provide a clear, measurable and data-driven framework.

Vertas launches food waste collection service

Vertas Group’s commercial waste management consultancy division has launched a food collection infrastructure across the UK to support clients in meeting new legislation.

Date set for 2022 SFMI awards

The Sustainable Facilities Management Index has established itself as the benchmark for FM provider performance around this critical issue.

Wates and Lloyds looking for next-gen innovation

A new competition is aimed at finding sustainability innovations that can help Lloyds tackle its hybrid working and travel emissions and enhance biodiversity.

Annual reports reveal focus on sustainability

But analysis of recently published reports shows there’s a need for more focus on connectivity across purpose, people and planet.

Retrofitting: UKGBC launches decarbonising project

Retrofitting is moving up the net zero agenda and there’s an opportunity to get involved at the UK Green Building Council.

Rising energy costs driving retrofitting

If there is a silver lining to the current energy crisis, it may be that rising costs are expediting the move toward more efficient buildings.

Government: double down on climate adaptation

The UK Green Building Council is calling on government to strengthen policies that will support a resilient built environment.

FM market landscape report online now

Trends & Opportunities, the unique annual review from i-FM, looks closely at the UK industry and how it is shaping up for the future.

Equans helping to fund net zero start-ups

Equans has invested in two net zero carbon software specialists through the Clean Growth Innovation Fund.

University teams win Sodexo funding

A Dragon's Den-style competition involving 85 students from 26 universities was recently held by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.

Novus grows decarbonisation business

Novus Property Solutions is reporting a series of wins for its dedicated Sustain service.

Ecoserv scoops sustainability award

Ecoserv Group has been named Sustainable Scale-up Business of the Year in recognition of its net zero strategy and commitment to minimising environmental impacts.

Net zero standard call for evidence

The team developing the UK’s net zero carbon buildings standard has launched a call for evidence.

Award for Sodexo’s waste campaign

The Appetite for Action campaign to tackle food waste in the foodservice industry was named a winner at this year’s Waste2Zero Awards.

Offices: call for circular economy principles

A new report by the British Council for Offices urges the property industry to ‘retain, extend life, reduce impact’ to future-proof the office sector.

Life sciences: making assets more sustainable

New research from JLL highlights ways that life science occupiers, investors, developers and landowners can mitigate the climate impact of their assets.

Bouygues E&S launches Orbiter

This, the company says, is the first 360-degree online self-assessment tool to help owners assess their building’s performance.

WGBC launches climate change resilience guide

New guidance from the World Green Building Council collates “effective and practical steps” to build resilience to the changing climate.

Pinnacle publishes net zero plan

The plan sets out a blueprint for achieving net zero on direct emissions by 2025 and total emissions by 2035.

Sustainability: retrofit revolution needed

Retrofitting offices and industrial buildings can deliver the energy reductions required to support the UK’s 2050 net zero targets.

ESG goals: testing progress

ESG commitments are an increasing priority for most businesses, but research suggests that many are still at the first stage of the journey.

Sustainability gold for Churchill

Churchill Services has been awarded a gold medal by EcoVadis, the global sustainability accreditor.

Compass Scotland teams up with FareShare

A new partnership will encourage Compass Scotland sites to work with FareShare to donate surplus food for distribution to those in need.

New task group on renewable energy procurement

The UK Green Building Council has assembled team of cross-industry experts who will support delivery of new guidance.

Industry calls for sustainable building task force

11 major players are calling for the formation of a new taskforce to ensure buildings are fit for the future.

Hospitality industry aims for net zero

The food services industry trade body, UKHospitality, has unveiled a ‘vitally important’ programme aimed at guiding the sector to net zero by 2040.

Mitie hits all annual ESG targets

The FM provider’s latest ESG report highlights progress made against 13 ambitious targets.

Senior ESG appointment at Cloudfm

The technology-driven hard services specialist says it is aiming to lead the FM industry with the appointment of a new head of ESG.

SFMI moves forward on Scope 3 carbon tool

The Sustainable Facilities Management Index team has started work on the development of a tool for managing Scope 3 carbon emissions in the FM sector.

BAM targets net zero in UK & I by 2026

The construction and FM group’s UK & Ireland businesses have set an ambitious target for becoming net zero in their direct operations.

WeMaintain receives B Corp certification

The technology-driven maintenance services company has received B Corp status in recognition of its high environmental, social and governance standards.

Commercial property: climate resilience strategies

The Better Buildings Partnership has published new guidance on defining, measuring and reporting on climate resilient property.

Social enterprise challenge hits £250m mark

A group of 30 large companies have spent over a quarter of a billion pounds with social enterprises by bringing them into their supply chains.

Net zero group names leader

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard initiative has appointed David Partridge as chair of its recently convened Governance Board.

Demand for sustainable property on the rise

Progress is being seen in some aspects of the built environment on the drive to be more sustainable, according to the latest annual sustainability report from RICS.

EHS software market grows

The environment, health and safety software market will continue to grow this year, in parallel with and potentially overlapping ESG activities.

Financial Times moves to reduce energy costs

OakTree Power, the climate tech start-up, has developed a bespoke climate technology solution for the FT to reduce energy at its London headquarters, Bracken House.

Envirovue appointed on carbon neutral waste deal

Engineering services group Dron & Dickson has turned to Envirovue for assistance with reducing the emissions from its waste management operations.

Compass: sustainable bonds to progress net zero

In an industry first, the group has successfully issued two bonds, raising £750m to support delivery of its global net zero target.

CBRE partners with Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland

The group’s Global Workplace Solutions business has entered into an exclusive agreement with SERI to drive social enterprise participation in the corporate sector across Ireland.

Jaguar completes London’s first NABERS rating

The building services specialist has provided the first NABERS UK energy rating in the capital.

Reliance Protect extends social value commitment

The lone worker solution specialist has teamed up with two of its longstanding customers to create new social value funds.

Amey ups game on sustainability and social value

Amey has committed to a step-change in the way it works in order to achieve new levels of sustainability and social value across its operations.

Leesman achieves B Corp recognition

The workplace experience specialist has been recognised as a purpose-led organisation that places people at the heart of its business.

BESA backs circular economy strategy

The concept could play a crucial role in helping the building services sector to develop more effective net zero strategies.

Climate action plan highlights engineers’ role

In the latest review of its Climate Action Plan, CIBSE focuses on the role of building services engineers in delivering net zero.

Mitie appointed to CEF framework

The appointment provides significant opportunities to support NHS hospitals and the wider public sector to achieve net zero targets by 2040. 

BAM underlines value of Scope 3 guidance

This guidance sets out for the first time how the emissions of buildings in operation can be fully assessed to achieve net zero carbon.

Circular economy essential to net zero

The UK Green Building Council has published new insight into the positive impact circular thinking can have in delivering whole-life carbon reductions and value creation.

CIWM launches action on climate emergency

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has announced two major initiatives to help mobilise the resources and waste sector on its journey to net zero.

EQUANS bags Birmingham contract

EQUANS has been appointed by Birmingham City Council to retrofit 300 homes in a pilot project for decarbonising the council’s 60,000 properties.

Amey highlights social value impact

The company’s CEO has been speaking about the role that infrastructure businesses can play in achieving the government’s levelling up agenda.

Supply chain seeks more ESG information

Companies in the FM supply chain are grappling with the challenges raised by environmental, social and governance issues.

Energy: targeting sources of waste

Britain’s businesses are in the grip of an energy crisis. With energy costs continuing to rise, 92% of decision-makers are concerned.

EQUANS unveils enhanced net zero target

EQUANS UK & Ireland has strengthened its existing commitment to decarbonisation by publishing a revised net zero roadmap.

SFMI: a chance to shape the future

The organisers of the Sustainable Facilities Management Index are planning future research work and want your input.

Cranfield offers tour of award-winning energy system

Cranfield University’s battery energy storage system will be open for a unique behind-the-scenes tour next week.

Sodexo donates £35k to SSAFA

Since 2008, funding from Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation has provided urgent welfare support to those most in need from the Armed Forces community, particularly veterans and their families.

Houston & Hawkes makes the B list

The independent caterer is the first contract catering business in the UK to become B Corp certified, reinforcing a purpose-led approach to doing business.

Companies must cut carbon quickly

New analysis shows that just 11% of the world’s listed companies are in alignment with the 1.5°C climate emergency target.

Manufacturing struggles with net zero

New survey findings are painting a worrying picture of the manufacturing industry’s transition to net zero.

Vinci Facilities targets retrofit needs

The firm is aiming at the centre of the drive to decarbonise the UK’s built environment with a commitment to training for its staff.

Wates: assessing social value

National property services provider Wates Smartspace has created £1.687m of social value for the local Cheshire community during the second year of a major fire station refurbishment programme.

Ecoserv introduces monitored waste management

Ecoserv Group is launching a managed service to help customers meet their waste and recycling commitments.

NHS Property Services publishes Green Plan

The three-year plan from the property services team focuses on decarbonising the NHS estate and supporting customers in their transition to net zero.

Carbon standard launched

A Sustainable Facilities Management Index team has developed a standardised approach to calculate carbon emissions for the FM sector.

Property groups backing climate action

The Better Buildings Partnership has announced three new signatories to its Climate Commitment, as a second group launches a complementary initiative.

Sodexo net zero targets validated

The service group’s near and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Social value tool updated for 2022

National TOMs, the widely recognised social value measurement tool, has been refreshed and updated to reflect changing needs.

Rising costs drive focus on carbon reduction

New data from the Institute of Directors shows that half of businesses are now more likely to invest in carbon reduction measures.

Net zero: expect more local regulation

City governments are setting ambitious sustainability targets, often well ahead of national goals.

Compass appoints chief climate and sustainability advisor

Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Professor Sir Charles Godfray FRS to its executive team.

Sodexo ups fight against food insecurity

The group’s Stop Hunger Foundation is extending its work with food redistribution charity The Bread and Butter Thing.

Industry bodies to develop net zero standard

A cross-industry steering group has come together to develop a Standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon.

i-FM Technology in FM Award: entry open

Doing great things with technology in FM? We want to hear from you.

EMCOR UK releases responsible business report

The report lays out the company’s vision to create a better world at work for people, communities and the planet.

Pushing forward the retrofit argument

The UK Green Building Council has published a guide to support the retrofitting of poorly performing commercial buildings.

EQUANS secures energy transition funding

A funding extension from Innovate UK will enable progress on plans for a town-wide, smart local energy system in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

UEL partners with Siemens to deliver net zero

The University of East London has established a strategic partnership with Siemens to collaborate on their net zero carbon aspiration for 2030.

Compass commits to social value

Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Laura Neville as head of social value, with an agenda focused on employees, clients and communities.

ESG suffering from poor data quality

The ESG concept, originally a set of criteria for investors, has moved quickly into sustainability conversations, but perhaps too quickly.

Sustainability investments rebound

Planned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart building technology are returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Defining net zero

Sustainability terms have quickly become part of everyday language. But are we all sure what we’re talking about?

Meeting the cost of energy standards

According to new research, proposed legislative energy targets could cost UK office landlords upwards of £40 per sq ft.

Workplace Futures: conference white paper available now

February’s FM conference tackled the big topic of sustainability challenges and opportunities in a very well-received return as an in-person event.

UKGBC offers social value toolkit

The UK Green Building Council has published guidance to support the delivery of social value across built environment projects.

How green is your business?

A new report has identified four types of corporate approach to sustainability to help businesses establish just how green they are.

ISS tackles food waste challenge

The facilities services group has teamed up with US food recovery and distribution company Goodr to divert excess food to local charities.

Sustainability: an opportunity to collaborate?

It is one of the most important issues on the FM agenda, perhaps the most important. Should the industry work together on a response to the sustainability challenge?

Pinnacle unveils sustainability commitment 

Its Carbon Reduction Plan details how the group aims to minimise direct and indirect emissions across each of its services and its extensive property portfolio. 

Sustainable procurement demands focus

An update of the Sustainable Procurement in FM report has identified the key criteria that will help embed sustainability in the sector.

Workplace Futures 2022: slides and videos available

February’s annual FM conference tackled the big subject of sustainability, a subject that is and will continue to be a key factor in shaping FM’s future.

Include active commuting in ESG policies, says BCO

Putting active commuting at the heart of ESG policies can shift commuters towards more sustainable forms of travel, improve individual health and wellbeing and help companies cut carbon emissions.

Sodexo report opens Food Waste Action Week

Today marks the start of a week that aims to support lasting change in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving global food waste by 2030.

Pinnacle commits to sustainable cleaning

The group is rolling out a new national standard to support the use of sustainable cleaning and hygiene supplies across its FM portfolio . 

Water management: overlooked and undervalued?

In 10 years of annual assessment of FM providers’ sustainability strategies, SMFI has found that water is consistently one of the lowest scoring criteria.

Sustainability consulting market on the rise

Sustainability is here to stay, and regulatory changes and challenges around disclosure are driving growth in demand for consultancy.

Industry warns on net-zero skills

Skills shortages are hampering ambitions to deliver net zero emission buildings.

ISS to cut food waste 50% by 2027

The facilities services group has also undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food it serves globally by 25% by 2030.

UKGBC advice for asset owning businesses

Ahead of mandatory requirements to disclose climate-related risks coming into force in April, the UK Green Building Council has published new guidance.

Sodexo making a positive impact on levelling up

The support services company has published a report examining its current impact on levelling up and how it can go further in the future.

Amey backs Barnsley’s sustainability plans

The services group has helped Barnsley Council secure £1.3m from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. 

NJC receives sustainability gold

The cleaning and support services company has been awarded a Gold EcoVadis medal for sustainability achievement.

FM conference programme confirmed

The first major FM conference of the year, Workplace Futures, takes place in London on 22 February.

ISS confirms net zero target

The facilities services group has committed to reaching full-scope net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

ESG: not a fad but an urgent priority

A new policy paper from the Institute of Directors sets out a range of ESG priorities for UK companies and organisations. 

Suppliers confirmed for £750m framework

The latest offering from Fusion21 is a four-year national Decarbonisation Framework.

UK CEOs lead on net zero

But a global survey shows that the level of commitment overall could be much higher.

Vertas launches sustainable procurement policy

The Ipswich-headquartered FM business is committed to making environmental, economic and socially responsible purchasing decisions.

Mitie hits EV target early

The FM group has passed its target to convert 30% of its fleet to zero emission electric vehicles three months ahead of schedule.

Sustainability: firmly on the corporate agenda

Large and medium-sized organisations cite improving sustainability as one of the three biggest challenges they face.

Property: definition of ‘green’ changing

With expectations for new buildings increasing in recent years, the conversation is shifting from the ‘value of green’ to a focus on longer term, broader based sustainability.

SFMI focus turns to water management

The sustainable FM group’s ‘bitesize webinar’ series returns for 2022 next week.

Net zero: more talk than action?

Research from Veolia suggests that less than a third of UK businesses have a strategy for reaching carbon neutrality, despite growing environmental concerns.

Sodexo funding community projects

Students from 10 universities across the UK have participated in a virtual Dragon's Den-style competition.

Net zero: calls for digital retrofitting

Research indicates that 9 in 10 buildings in the UK and Ireland must be digitally retrofitted to achieve net zero by 2050.

BEIS sponsoring energy guide for SMEs

Standards body BSI is partnering with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who are sponsoring up to 100,000 free downloads of a new energy management standard.

Net zero: businesses look to Whitehall for support

An Institute of Directors’ poll finds companies ready to work towards net zero but looking to government for financial support and guidance.

UKGBC offers guidance for local authorities

The UK Green Building Council has published a framework to support local authorities to measure the impacts and wider benefits of building retrofit.

COP26: major groups call for action

Leaders of the CBI, the TUC and major green groups have called on the government to implement the Glasgow climate pact.

Testing real progress on sustainability

Results of a global survey show that sustainability is now the top global business investment priority.

Mitie secures top ESG ratings

The FM group has won high praise for its sustainability performance in recent days.

Serco to support multi-site sustainability project

The group’s Europe business is part of a winning consortium involving 47 partners from 15 countries.

SFMI 2021: net zero requires more transparency

Leading FM companies have demonstrated real progress in sustainability but there must be more transparency around net zero, according to the Sustainable Facilities Management Index.

New CIBSE guidance: electrification for net zero

New guidance on the design and operation of electrical services that focus on the drive to net zero carbon has been published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

UKGBC launches social value survey

The survey is part of the development work for social value delivery guidance targeted at built environment practitioners.

Government publishes Net Zero Estate Playbook

A new guide to decarbonising public sector buildings and creating a net zero public estate has been launched by the Cabinet Office.

Food waste: link to carbon emissions not understood

Businesses in the food service sector will not achieve carbon net zero goals without urgently turning their attention to the issue of food waste.

Amey to implement employee-generated initiatives

Winners have been announced in a ‘springboard to net zero’ campaign, aimed at generating innovative ideas to help the business reach its net zero ambitions. 

Date confirmed for SFMI awards

The top performing sustainable FM providers will be revealed at the end of this month.

Sustainable energy: business rates inhibit change

Property services group JLL is advocating a change in the regulations to encourage energy efficiency.

Hospital moves on energy saving measures

Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital has appointed the DMA Group to design and deliver energy saving measures across its site in East Sussex.

Wates & JLL scoop energy management award

Wates FM and property group JLL have received a silver International Green Apple Environmental Award.

Net zero by 2050 needs urgent action

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled a roadmap detailing the actions government and industry must take to achieve net zero across the built environment sector.

Built environment sector lacks clarity on emissions

According to new research, the majority of built environment professionals believe the sector is already doing enough to tackle its carbon impact.

UK businesses admit empty promises on net zero

UK firms are failing to back their net zero promises with effective measurement according to a report commissioned by IWFM.

CH&CO names sustainability lead

The catering group has appointed Clare Clark as sustainability business partner to deliver its CSR strategy across the whole group and support the sustainability aspirations of its clients.

Sodexo scoops waste award

The service provider has come top in the Best Waste Prevention Project category at the 2021 Waste2Zero awards for tackling food waste through smart technology.

Real estate: the scale of the sustainability challenge

New research by Savills identifies the scale of the challenge facing the UK’s real estate sector in achieving net zero.

Churchill scoops sustainability award

The soft services provider has won the Partners in Sustainability: Large Estates award, alongside Network Rail High Speed, at the PFM Partnership Awards 2021.

Industry bodies back decarbonisation standard

SFMI and BAM FM confirm that five industry bodies are helping to develop a framework for a standardised approach to measure the emissions generated by FM services.

Net zero action: must do better

New survey results indicate that companies are not moving fast enough on developing policies and putting them into action. Nor is the government.

Ecoserv partners for net zero

The facilities services provider has teamed up with environmental consultancy RSK Group to support its journey to net zero.

Making net zero fun

To coincide with the first week of COP26, a business simulation games specialist is launching a new initiative to help companies engage with their workforces in the drive towards net zero.

Engineering crucial to COP26 pledges

The climate conference will need to prioritise decarbonising buildings to achieve wider climate change goals.

Amey committed to science-based targets

Amey has joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Campaign, the global movement of leading companies working to limit temperature rise.

Mid-market lags on net zero

Only half of UK mid-market businesses have a net zero strategy in place, according to research from Grant Thornton.

BAM FM schools recognised for sustainability

Two of BAM FM’s PFI contracts have achieved recognition in the latest GRESB assessments of infrastructure management and performance.

New partnership ready to decarbonise the NHS

The partnership will support NHS Trusts in developing and implementing decarbonisation strategies for their sites.

Compass sets global net zero target

The world's largest food services group has announced a commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Investment in sustainability growing fast

New independent research has found more than half of senior executives predicting double-digit spend increases in 2022.

Sodexo in net zero commitments

Sodexo has laid out its comprehensive roadmap to net zero and decarbonisation of its UK and Ireland business.

Mitie in new funding partnership

The FM group is partnering with Sustainable Development Capital LLP, an investment firm specialising in energy efficiency and decentralised energy generation.

Compass Cymru partners with homelessness charity

The Compass Group’s Welsh business has announced a new three-year partnership with the Welsh charity, Llamau.

EQUANS secures second sustainability award

ENGIE’s services operations have been awarded a Platinum EcoVadis medal for the second year running.

UKGBC offers guidance for local authorities

The guidance is designed specifically to drive up the sustainability of new commercial buildings.

Mitie to champion Construct Zero programme

The FM group has been named a Business Champion for the Construct Zero Performance Framework.

Amey cleaning up on waste and emissions

The services group reports that it has reduced plastic and CO2 waste by 97% across its cleaning operations. 

EQUANS rolls out chargers for West Yorkshire

ENGIE’s services division has installed 85 free-to-use electric vehicle chargers, working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Sign of the times: energy solution backed

EcoSync, a dynamic energy management platform that adapts temperature control to changing occupancy levels, has attracted substantial new investment.

NABERS ready to help with net zero goals

The world-leading energy rating scheme for UK offices is ready for use.

Amey unveils green ambitions

The services company is stepping up its green ambition ahead of COP26 in the face of a growing demand for innovative solutions to meet climate challenges.

SFMI signs up water partner

Methven UK will help to raise awareness of water management and identify the value that FM can bring to this increasing risk area.

Greener rules for government suppliers

New measures requiring businesses bidding for major government contracts to commit to achieving net zero emissions have come into force.

Compass moves on with buy-social campaign

A group of forward-thinking global corporations are using their collective purchasing power to open up their supply chains to European social enterprises.

Sodexo slashes food waste

On the second annual United Nations awareness day for stopping food loss the services provider confirms prevention of 280 tonnes of waste in the UK.

Wellbeing: UK FM sector not doing enough

FM is not taking a strategic approach or taking enough specific action to address its responsibilities towards the wellbeing of individuals and the planet as a whole.

CBRE commits to net zero

The property services group has announced its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Churchill wins silver for sustainability

The soft services provider has been awarded silver status for sustainability by EcoVadis.

Capita gets serious on net zero targets

The outsourced services group is putting in place a series of measures, including making all meetings screen-based by default.

SCSS backs plant hire charter

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is leading an initiative that will see the UK’s built environment sector drastically reduce onsite emissions.

Ecoserv creates dedicated sustainability team

The team will drive its environmental, social and community goals, says the facilities services group.

Mitie extends Plan Zero offer

BoltON packages offer simple solutions designed to support Britain’s decarbonisation, the company says.

Sustainability: electric cargo bikes find a role

The UK’s largest specialist electric bike retailer will host an event on Wednesday the 15th in central London to showcase the Energy Saving Trust’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund.

Birmingham targets ‘smartest university campus in the world’

The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Siemens, has set its sights on the benefits of a series of new technologies.

Mid-market focus on ESG: lack of senior support

Attention on environmental, social and governance issues is ‘incredibly high’ amongst mid-market business leaders in the UK.

Free carbon calculator for supply chains

Sustainability Tool has launched a carbon calculator in partnership with the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Mid-market focusing on ESG

Almost one third of mid-market businesses say they face a high risk of losing business if they fail to act on ESG issues.

Built environment must accelerate decarbonisation

The built environment is going in the right direction, but it is still not moving fast enough to decarbonise building stock.

Service providers move on sustainability credentials

With just over two months until the COP26 climate summit begins, companies across the spectrum in FM are taking action as well as talking about their policies and commitments.

Sodexo gifts £1m for apprenticeships

The services group is helping small companies and not-for-profit organisations to upskill their workforce by gifting apprenticeship levy funds to support 106 new apprentices.

Army looks towards greener future

The British Army is going green, with the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at military sites across the south of England.

Mitie: roadmap to net zero

The facilities management group has announced its plans for achieving a net zero estate by 2025.

CRE & energy: could do better

Energy performance in commercial real estate is improving but has some way to go to meet upcoming targets.

SWC goes carbon neutral

Specialist Window Cleaning, a part of the Incentive FM group, has become the UK’s first national carbon neutral window cleaning company.

Axil urges total waste management strategy

Waste management and recycling specialist Axil Integrated Services is calling on British manufacturers to reassess their strategies.

Wates & Lloyds team up on sustainability

The construction to services company is working with Lloyds Banking Group to pioneer sustainable technologies for the transition to net zero carbon.

Mitie rolls on with charge point roll-out

Insurance, pensions and investment company Royal London has seen the first 10 EV charge points installed at its office in Alderley Park.

UKGBC consults on net zero roadmap

The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation inviting industry feedback on its Whole Life Carbon Roadmap draft proposals.

SPIE UK shifts to EVs

The engineering services company has set itself the target of replacing 98% of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2025.

BAM FM and SFMI to focus on decarbonisation standard

The SFMI is partnering with BAM FM to develop guidance on accurate measuring and reporting of emissions.

Robertson partners with environmental regulator

The three-year partnership will see the family-owned construction to services business support a green recovery in Scotland.

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Climate tech investment: the benefits

Embracing technology to monitor emissions and act on real-time data positions FM teams to achieve real change.

The power of tailored asset management

Asset management has traditionally been seen as the responsibility of facilities managers, but that can be limiting.

MIPIM 2023: look up

MIPIM is the world’s largest real estate conference, holding something for nearly all stakeholders across the built environment,

An end to greenwashing

Companies across all sectors talk about being ‘green' and ‘sustainable’, but this is truly a case of actions speaking louder than words.

FM is critical to EV charging infrastructure

The electric vehicle market is booming. Is this a market opportunity for the FM sector as solution providers, customers, or both?

Cargo bikes and the last mile logistics revolution

What should facilities managers know about cargo bikes? Do you let them into your building, do you use them to help decarbonise the workplace?

Net zero: more action needed now

The government’s latest Net Zero Review warned that delaying decarbonisation is a risk to UK jobs, infrastructure and investment.

ESG: why governance is critical

Daniel Ratcliffe examines why governance is a crucial factor in a facilities manager’s ESG strategy, and why it should not be minimised or missed out.

Steps to real net zero success

Empty net zero promises do not just threaten the reputation, legitimacy and long-term interests of businesses but the survival of our planet.

Sustainability: pushing back on the myths

Purpose-driven corporate leaders seeking buy-in for a sustainable business plan often run into objections that are based on outdated information and outright falsehoods.

Scope 3: consequences and solutions for FM

There has been a rise recently in companies beginning to look at their wider emissions footprint, fuelled by increased scrutiny of emission disclosures.

Coping with summer heat

According to the Meteorological Office, 2022 is predicted to be one of the hottest years ever recorded.

FM holds the key to net zero carbon

There are about 30 million buildings in the UK which, in total, are responsible for around 30% of our national emissions, giving buildings an integral role in the UK’s decarbonisation challenge.

Sustainability: the key role of your logistics partner

Now more than ever, businesses are facing serious pressure from all angles to reduce their carbon footprint, whether it be from their own staff and customers, or via new legislation.

Sustainable buildings: visiting the future

April’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report offered a slither of hope that we can stave off the worst ravages of climate breakdown.

Going green: from old to bold

Reports that we might miss out on net zero carbon targets as a country have served as an alert for all industries to do better, including the commercial property industry.

How to make cleaning environmentally friendly

Whether you're using an outsourced cleaning company or staying wholly in-house, there’s a lot to consider when you're going eco-friendly. Hannah Wilson explains.

How data can help decarbonise buildings

The world is at a tipping point for climate change. COP26 showed that governments cannot take on the fight alone.

Managing winter’s ‘triple threat’

Steve Rainbow explores how an effective building management system removes the age-old question of when to tinker with the thermostat.

Putting food waste front & centre at COP26

COP26 has been big news for weeks, but the TV screens didn’t do it justice. It was vast.

On your bike

Pedal power is having a moment, partly inspired by the impacts of Covid-19. But, given the health and sustainability benefits, why shouldn’t that moment become permanent?

Green leases and sustainability: what’s next?

Commercial property is estimated to be responsible for about one-third of total carbon emissions in the UK. Tenanted buildings need to manage in a more sustainable way, green leases are part of the answer.

The race to net zero: what this means for FM

‘Net zero carbon’ is the latest catchphrase across the corporate sector. You’ve probably heard many interpretations of it, along with ‘climate positive’, ‘zero carbon’ and ‘science-based targets’.

IoT: help in reaching your sustainability goals

Calls for significant and meaningful action to combat climate change have certainly intensified over the past decade.

Realising sustainability ambitions

The commercial property market will have a key role to play in helping the UK achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But how do we start moving towards such a seemingly daunting goal?

Is there a future for hydrogen?

As we decide how we are going to fuel sustainable communities in the future, the fact is there is no single outright winner amongst the options.

Demand side response: what’s not to like?

I have worked in the energy sector for over 15 years. In all that time, I cannot recall when climate change, sustainability and energy were such hot topics of discussion.

Smart buildings for the 'new normal'

Facilities managers are under pressure to re-open offices safely, but the stakes could not be higher. So how can technology help?

Hail the clean, lean recycling years to come!

This year will witness the start of the glorious clean, lean years of recycling as any business that wants to embrace the green agenda in a meaningful way will have to re-examine how they manage their waste resources.

ESOS Phase 2: are you ready?

The compliance period for Phase 2 of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme is currently underway, with less than nine months until the deadline. Stuart Denton-Brown discusses how businesses can act now to make the process smoother.

Sustainability in FM demands holistic thinking

Active Workplace Solutions invited a select group of FM experts to discuss the critical components of sustainability and why the industry’s current challenges call for a reappraisal of what that word means. i-FM reports.

Social value adds value

Sienna Emanuel explores the real meaning of social value and what it means for FMs and their service providers.

Simple steps to a sustainable future

A few years ago, the term ‘sustainability’ was fairly interchangeable with words such as ‘environmentally-friendly’ and ‘green’, in recognition of those first steps businesses were making to address some of the ecological challenges the planet was facing.

A secure approach to workplace sustainability

Caroline Hutchins outlines what best practice should look like when it comes to implementing green measures.

Unlocking the sustainability opportunities in catering

With two-thirds of UK consumers recently stating they would boycott brands that lack an ethical conscience, sustainability is an increasingly important issue for facilities managers with CSR targets to meet.

Intelligent management: the key to a sustainable future?

Cities could be humanity's biggest challenge or our best opportunity; regardless, we are experiencing rapid expansion of urban populations. And the buildings that exist within these areas are guzzling up the world's finite resources.

Biophilic design: sorting the facts from the myths

Ahead of The Facilities Event this April, i-FM talks to sustainable architectural and interior design guru Oliver Heath about biophilic design, separating the fact from the fiction about this deep connection between humans and nature.

Sustainable strategies

Amanda Williams reports on energy management initiatives introduced on the Defence National Training Estate.

Climate Change and the Hospitality Industry

It's time for action and the tools we need are already available. Andy Badger makes the case for moving away from 'business as usual'.

Waste Management and FM: a Growing Partnership

Steve Lee reports that waste management is climbing rapidly up the legal and business agendas. There's an opportunity here for facilities management to take a lead on strategy and implementation.

Driving Sustainability Across Major Estates

Facilities managers are ideally placed to drive innovation and profitability. Identifying and exploiting the hidden value in surplus resources can lead to significant savings and unique promotional opportunities.

A Shared Vision

Many service providers already appreciate the positive impact that sustainable actions can have on carbon footprint, but realising this is an issue is only half the battle.

Switching to Sustainable Purchasing

Now that the economy has returned to growth, sustainability is making its way back to the top of the corporate agenda and businesses are reassessing their green options, says Bruce Goldring.

Cost, Targets, Compliance

There are compelling business benefits for the FM sector in engaging with the waste and resource efficiency agenda.

CRC: a Better Alternative?

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was originally designed to provide incentives for companies to improve energy efficiency by directly rewarding energy savings.

Sustainable Best Practice

The catering industry needs to feed its next generation with knowledge, argues Mike Mellor.

Lessons from Higher Education

Research into carbon reduction needs and strategies at UK universities has produced insights that apply to all large organisations.

Saving School Infrastructure

Britain's schools, much like the economy in general, are currently in a tough financial position.

Sustainability: Here to Stay

Frank Logan looks at some of the new drivers that will change business-as-usual forever.

Sustainable Food Services

Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing trend for client companies to look to food to lead the sustainably message in the workplace.

Rewriting the book on waste management

The British Library has implemented new recycling and waste reduction strategies, increasing recycling to 70% and reducing waste by 18%.

Sustainability Matters More Than Ever

Given that a massive 40% of worldwide CO2 emissions come from buildings, property and facilities managers have a unique opportunity to make a real difference.

Does Green Make a Difference?

Despite an ever-increasing number of 'green' campaigns, and the associated greenwash, innovation is the key to true long-term sustainability.

Sustainability: a must in FM

Facilities managers should be shifting their emphasis towards a more long-term environmental focus.

FM's Role in Reducing Emissions

Facilities managers are in the driving seat when it comes to achieving substantial reductions in carbon emissions.

Focusing on Compliance

The previous government's failure to enforce its own environmental legislation was hugely damaging to the energy performance of buildings, says HVCA President Graham Manly.

EPCs Set to Bite

With continued emphasis at UK and EU levels on going green, it won't be long before commercial Energy Performance Certificates are given some teeth.

Rising to the Challenge

The Environment Agency has started writing to organisations who may qualify under the Carbon Reduction Commitment rules.

CRC: Friend or Foe?

The Carbon Reduction Commitment is looming on the horizon. Implementation will be complex, and there's mixed news on preparation at many that will be affected.

Action Time for Carbon Reduction

Reducing carbon emissions is moving up the agenda. This can mean significant operational savings, too.

The Triple Bottom Line

FM has a critical role to play in meeting the goals of the sustainability agenda.

Water Ð The Other Critical Resource

Ian Osborne makes a case for the neglected area of water conservation, looking at the incentives and also the strategies and technologies that can slash costs and boost environmental credentials for businesses.

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Green talent: the key to meeting sustainability targets

The need for talent skilled in sustainable offerings is ever-growing as governments and businesses face up to change.

Lessons learned for a greener future

Diane Gillies explains how Amey is helping to set out a sustainable vision for Scotland’s school estates.

Corporate sustainability: engagement is vital

Corporate sustainability enables businesses to demonstrate that their operations facilitate economic and sustainable growth.

Total Experience: the key to the future of FM services

Experience matters. To employees, businesses and customers. But positive experiences don’t emerge because of a new-fangled tool or a buzzword-filled communication strategy.

Net zero: positioning FM for success

The journey to net zero requires the right strategy to get there. Paul de Kock looks at what this means for businesses and their FM teams.

MEES deadline – will you sink or swim?

The UK’s new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard comes into play in just over six months. Property owners and occupiers need to be aware.

Is a net zero financial centre realistic?

A few months ago, the ex-chancellor promised to make Britain the ‘world’s first net zero-aligned financial centre’.

Why ‘society’ matters for good ESG practice

Many organisations assume that ESG is solely to do with reducing carbon emissions and, yes, this is a key element of good practice. But it is not the only one.

Following the ESG ‘rule of three’ for achieving outcomes

Environmental, social and governance issues are increasingly important across the commercial and public sectors. But there is still some misunderstanding in certain areas of compliance. Gordon Whyte makes the case for action.

The need for long-termism in ESG

Organisations are placing increasing importance on their environmental, social and governance strategies. How should FM react?

Plastic: the forgotten pandemic

Last year the Covid-19 pandemic was, quite rightfully, at the forefront of all our minds. But we need to think again about our policies and practices.

Sink or swim: COP26 and FM

The Paris Agreement was heralded as a worldwide achievement. With the next conference due this autumn, countries have a chance to be leaders or followers. The same is true for companies: how will FM react?

Building a sustainable future in FM

‘Build back better’ has become one of the defining slogans of the past year. It needs actioning.

The importance of supply chains for the sustainable business

Global giants Google and WWF turned heads this June after announcing the details of their environmental data platform, a joint initiative which aims to tackle harmful emissions and waste across fashion industry supply chains.

The joy of giving

As we continue to emerge from lockdown and ease back into our ‘normal’ routines, we should take a moment to reflect on the past few months. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like everything since April has been a bit of a blur.

Waste: hero or villain?

If organisations were to remove their commitments to recycling from annual reports, would they risk an adverse judgement? And how does this reflect on the role of waste management?

Putting social value into practice

The concept of social value, and the notion that businesses should be striving to improve economic prosperity, is not a new thing. As a marketing professional, I have been developing these themes for some time now.

A new approach to sustainability in the built environment

Sunil Shah looks at the current practice of responsible business in the built environment and explains the collaborative approach that RICS is taking to create the new model necessary to transfer knowledge of sustainability through the property lifecycle.

The case for holistic thinking

As human consumption nears a pivotal moment, George Adams explains why the built environment has a huge part to play in the fight against social and ecological disaster.

Going digital for reduced food miles

Nowadays sustainability is an ingrained business practice and nearly every organisation has green policies in place to reduce its impact on the environment.

Transforming the patient experience

Mike Hobbs says there is more to creating a sustainable future for the NHS than just saving the planet. There is a compelling business case, too.

Why should management care about sustainability?

Although sustainability has always been an important issue for many of the world's most progressive companies, we are now seeing it rise to the top of most agendas.

Moving to Sustainable Procurement

Making sustainability a key feature at every level of the supply chain is probably easier than you think, and is a definite win-win.

Don't blink

The increasingly urgent need to address major environmental issues on a global scale means developments are coming so thick and fast, if you blink you’re likely to miss something important.

Sustainability in FM

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