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Corps goes carbon neutral

Corps Security has been awarded carbon neutral status after reducing its carbon footprint and offsetting unavoidable carbon.

UKGBC to plot route to net zero

The UK Green Building Council has today announced a new project to plot a route to net zero carbon for the UK’s built environment sector.

Climate change: Mitie's leadership role confirmed 

Mitie has been awarded a new climate change score by one of the world’s leading environment, social and governance ratings agencies.

Crown Estate commits to net zero by 2030

The Estate says it is committed to addressing the environmental emergency by aligning to the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

IWFM launches social value framework

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has partnered with the Social Value Portal and National Social Value Taskforce to develop a new measurement framework.

Good NABERS: energy rating scheme arrives

A new scheme for rating the operational energy efficiency of UK office buildings has been launched.

CIBSE responds to government's 10-point plan

The plan, published last week and meant to support the UK's net zero carbon target, was broadly welcomed but with some serious reservations.

Spurring the delivery of net zero buildings

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance examining how current barriers to the delivery of net zero carbon buildings can be overcome.

Wates tackles social housing energy challenge

The group has launched a new service which will help social landlords to prepare their housing stock to meet zero carbon obligations.

Sustainability tool scoops award

In fact, The Sustainability Tool, developed by Action Sustainability, has been awarded this year's Innovation prize by the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.

ENGIE takes on charging point challenge

ENGIE and its subsidiary EVBox Group have entered into a four-year partnership with Scania spanning 13 countries.

NuServe gains B Corp certification

The family-run cleaning contractor has been recognised for meeting rigorous social and environmental standards.

Wates launches social value strategy

The Wates Group has committed to each of its business units achieving Living Wage Recognised Service Provider status within five years.

Mitie offers net zero playbook

The company says its playbook provides a step-by-step guide to reaching net zero carbon emissions.

BBP publishes net zero carbon framework

The Better Buildings Partnership's framework is designed to support property companies with change and encourage greater transparency on pathways. 

A “radically collaborative” approach to sustainability

The UK Green Building Council has announced a new partnership with Enfield Council, seeking radical solutions for the delivery of sustainability on large schemes.

Vinci targets 40% carbon emissions reduction

The Facilities and Construction divisions have taken delivery of the first tranche of Polestar 2 electric vehicles.

Mitie scoops green fleet award

Mitie was presented with the ‘Green Fleet of the Year’ award at last week’s Business Car Awards 2020.

Foodbuy re-commits to Buy Social Corporate Challenge

The Compass Group’s food procurement business has extended its membership of Social Enterprise UK’s corporate challenge for a further three years.

Carbon Trust hat trick for ENGIE

ENGIE UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard, certifying exemplary performance over the last three years in managing carbon, water and waste.

Mitie commits to new ESG targets

The FM group has launched its 2020 Social Value Report, which includes targets described as “industry-leading” for environmental, social and corporate governance performance.

ISS awarded platinum sustainability rating

The rating secures the group's position in the top 1% of assessed companies for the second year in a row.

Mitie helps Vodafone slash carbon footprint

Mitie has supported Vodafone UK in saving 100 gigawatt hours of energy, equivalent to 25,000 tonnes of CO2, in just three years.

NHS commits to net zero carbon

The NHS has adopted a multi-year plan to become the world's first net zero national health system.

John Lewis Partnership teams up with ENGIE

Designed to drive progress on ambitious environmental targets, a new three-year contract covers both John Lewis and Waitrose operations.

JLL targets net zero carbon by 2030

The property services group has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions across all JLL-occupied buildings by 2030.

ISS boosts its sustainability offering

The facilities services business has appointed Jamie Hall as energy and sustainability director for its UK Sustainability division.

JLL identifies priorities for the property sector

Ensuring climate resilience and the transition to net zero carbon, delivering healthy buildings, and creating a fair society are all essential in a post-Covid-19 recovery.

ENGIE to help deliver carbon-negative fruit

UK fruit producer Bardsley England has selected ENGIE as its long-term delivery partner for achieving carbon-negative produce.

Net zero buildings: UKGBC turns to crowdsourcing

The UK Green Building Council is testing a new strategy for developing solutions to the built environment industry's carbon reduction challenge.

Shedding some light on the net zero goal

The Lighting Industry Association has added its weight to the call for government action to drive economic recovery while also supporting the commitment to a net zero economy.

Mitie continues FTSE4Good listing

The strength of its sustainability credentials has seen the FM group maintain its position in the FTSE4Good Index Series, following a June review.

Camelot: Cawleys has the right numbers

The National Lottery operator has appointed Bedforshire-based Cawleys as its recycling and waste resource partner.

UKGBC opens consultation on social value

The UK Green Building Council is canvassing views on a definition of social value for the built environment sector.

Covid-19: an opportunity to reinvent FM?

A new report from the Sustainable Facilities Management Index has set out how the FM sector can assist in a post-pandemic recovery.

Call for more clarity on social value in contracts

New CBI research suggests that progress on embedding social value in government contracts is being slowed by confusion around definitions and application.

Mitie offers to share EV expertise

The company has introduced a new Plan Zero Fleet Transition Service with the goal of supporting Britain in getting back to business in the most sustainable way.

Lockdown boost for sustainability

The UK's lockdown months have inspired individuals and businesses to think harder about the environment, according new research.

Arcus moves towards net-zero target

Arcus FM has achieved the CO2e Assessed Organisation Carbon Footprint standard, edging the company along in its journey to becoming a net-zero emissions business.

New SFMI report outlines sustainable ambition for FM

A new white paper published by the Sustainable Facilities Management Index provides FM organisations with a framework that can help propel them to leading sustainability status.

CBI calls on government to back green recovery

Fast-tracking green investment and making rapid progress towards net-zero emissions while delivering sustainable jobs must be central to recovery plans, the CBI says.

UKGBC to tackle the meaning of social value

The UK Green Building Council has charged a new task group with developing a definition of social value for the built environment sector.

Webinar: FM's sustainable future

SFMI, the Sustainable Facilities Management Index, argues that the FM industry should be a pioneer of sustainability. It will set out its case on 2 July.

Sodexo reaffirms sustainability commitments

Last week's World Environment Day provided the opportunity for the group to reiterate its commitment to work with employees, clients and suppliers for a more resilient and green economic recovery.

Derwent commits to EP100 initiative

To mark last week's World Environment Day, Derwent FM signed up to The Climate Group's initiative on efficient energy.

Gardening: ISS and innocent go virtual

The annual ISS Green Fingers gardening event for schools has gone digital during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Acclaro tackles carbon implications of working from home

Lockdown has seen pollution levels drop, skies grow clear and roads teeming with bicycles and pedestrians rather than the usual rush hour jams. What does that mean for the overall picture of energy consumption?

JLL cites need for green, inclusive recovery

"Covid-19 has shown both the fragility and the resilience of society and the ecosystem, and as we enter the recovery period we must take the opportunity to build back better by focusing on a green and just recovery."

Calls to couple pandemic recovery with climate challenge

KPMG, the advisory group, has joined growing calls on the government and business community to put the green agenda at the heart of economic recovery plans.

Post-pandemic opportunity for greater sustainability

As industry looks to rebuild and grow after the lockdown, there is an opportunity for manufacturers to refocus on sustainability goals and work with government to deliver a green recovery.

A new dawn for the bicycle?

Emergency road closures, widening of footways and the creation of new pop-up cycleways mean that bikes could be the fastest way of getting around cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham as the UK eases slowly back to work.

Mitie signs up to a third climate initiative

The facilities management group has signed up to the RE100 initiative, committing to use only renewable energy across all its sites.

ISS commits to major reduction in single-use plastics

ISS UK & Ireland has published its Corporate Responsibility report for 2019, highlighting achievements in cutting single-use plastic consumables and raising funds to support water and sanitation projects in southern Africa.

Turner & Townsend sticks with workplace retrofit scheme

The professional services firm has been re-appointed to lead the delivery of the Mayor of London's Retrofit Accelerator for Workplaces.

UKGBC offers guidance on social value measurement

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance aiming to de-mystify the practice of measuring the social value of buildings and places.

Businesses could be doing more to cut emissions

Businesses can do much more to cut carbon and save costs during the covid-19 lockdown, according to an analysis of 300 buildings.

JLL in second net zero move

To mark yesterday's Earth Day the property services group announced a plan to cut carbon emissions by two-thirds.

Circular economy: UKGBC offers implementation guidance

The UK Green Building Council has published two new implementation packs to support project teams in applying circular economy principles.

Carbon emissions: can we keep them down?

Companies globally have been forced to take extreme measures to change the way they operate during the covid-19 outbreak, and this has reduced carbon emissions by a quarter.

Mitie builds on environmental commitments

The facilities management company has signed up to the EP100 energy productivity commitment.

Sustainable buildings pay: new research

Sustainable office buildings can deliver financial benefits to investors through a combination of higher rents and stronger leasing velocity.

Property industry launches best practice framework

A new framework aims to advance the social, environmental and economic benefits of responsible business practices across the real estate sector.

L&G sees benefits of carbon reduction

Legal & General's property investment division appointed Demand Logic as its carbon reduction partner last year. It's now counting the benefits.

Professional bodies take on climate change

Twenty-five built environment professional bodies have pledged to work together to tackle climate change.

Mitie commits to zero carbon by 2025

Mitie has launched an industry-leading commitment, pledging that it will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2025.

UKGBC launches net zero resources

The UK Green Building Council has launched a catalogue of case studies profiling projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to achieving net zero carbon buildings.

Mears appoints independent board

The social housing services specialist has become the second company in our part of the built environment sector to engage an independent scrutiny board.

Mace commits to net zero carbon in 2020

The international construction and consultancy company has announced that it will achieve net zero carbon emissions this year.

Principle aims to "lead the way" on sustainability

Principle Cleaning Services has declared a new objective: to become the most sustainable cleaning company in the UK.

Sodexo bans single-use plastics from supply chain

The services group is removing products containing unrecyclable polystyrene and single-use plastic bags as of 1 February.

Amey calls for urgent action on carbon

The services group has published a white paper focused on the need for wide-ranging action across the public and private sectors to decarbonise energy and heating in the UK's built environment

ENGIE under scrutiny

The energy and services group has reported for the first time on progress made against its Responsible Business Charter, which involves review by an independent scrutiny board. 

NHS launches green campaign

NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens has announced plans to step up action that will tackle both climate change and the consequent health impacts.

Climate change soars up CEO agenda

Almost two-thirds of UK CEOs believe that climate change is a threat to their organisation, with a quarter being extremely concerned about the issue.

UK companies: more ambitions than plans for net zero

New research by Mitie Energy has found that protecting the environment is a target for over a third of UK businesses, who now have or are planning a strategy to reach net zero carbon emissions.

New advice for offices targeting net zero

The UK Green Building Council has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.

Wates commits to zero waste and carbon

The Wates Group has set itself the goal of achieving both targets by 2025.

Compass turns focus on food sustainability

The catering services group is teaming up with a specialist to monitor the carbon footprint of the food it serves with a view to reducing environmental impacts.

Property group plans sustainability forum

An investors and developers group is inviting major corporate occupiers to collaborate in a new owner-occupier forum on sustainability issues.

WWF-UK scoops award for ethical procurement

Work by the Sustainable Facilities Management Index and support services company ENGIE led to the win at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply's 2019 Supply Management Awards.

Wates tackles carbon emissions

The construction and property services group is claiming the position of first in the sector to support the creation of, and appointment of, an independent social enterprise to help it meet long-term sustainability goals.

Energy match-making platform launches

PowerPaired aims to link community energy groups and owners of land or property with renewable energy and energy saving potential to deliver social and environmental impact.

Amadeus posts good results on food waste

The NEC Group's catering business has revealed its best food waste figures to date as it puts an emphasis on sustainability at its venues.

Go green, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched its General Election 2019 manifesto, calling on the future government to move past Brexit and to overhaul current domestic policies to build a more sustainable country.

Environmental sector launches emissions pledge

Environmental experts have launched Pledge to Net Zero, the first industry commitment in the UK requiring science-based targets from its signatories to tackle greenhouse gas emissions within their organisations.

ENGIE named best sustainable FM company in the UK

Energy and support services specialist ENGIE UK & Ireland has come out on top in the Sustainable Facilities Management Index Awards for the second year.

Mitie puts electric vans on the road

In line with a commitment to remaking its fleet, the vans join 98 electric cars that are already in operation.

RICS opens new Social Impact Awards

Entry is open for new awards which recognise the positive and transformational contribution that the built environment has on people's lives.

IFMA offers climate change guidance

'Climate Change Fundamentals for Facility Management Professionals' is the first report to address this subject as it relates to FM roles and responsibilities, the association says.

RICS launches Value the Planet campaign

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is calling on built environment professionals to promote and implement the UN's sustainable development goals.

Compass recognised for waste prevention

The group is celebrating after winning the Best Waste Prevention Project Award (food) at Footprint's recent waste2zero Awards.

NHS aiming for big cuts in plastic waste

The NHS says it will slash the use of plastic in hospital canteens as part of its drive to reduce waste and make hospitals healthier for patients and staff.

Sodexo recognised for plastic waste action

The services group has won the Best Waste Prevention Project (non-food) award at the annual waste2zero Awards.

UKGBC calls for views on energy performance targets

The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation exercise seeking feedback on proposals for energy performance targets for the offices sector.

Property owners in climate change commitment

23 of the UK's leading commercial property owners have signed up to tackle the growing risks of climate change through the delivery of net zero carbon real estate portfolios by 2050.

Innovative waste services provider finding favour

Don't Waste UK, the independent waste minimisation, management and reporting solutions provider, is reporting a string of new clients.

Targeting net zero carbon by 2050

A new report from the World Green Building Council aims to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector, moving it towards a net zero future.

ISS exceeds waste reduction target

To mark Recycle Week, the facilities services group has revealed that its third annual Zero Waste Challenge smashed the goal that had been set for it.

JLL commits to tough carbon targets

JLL is laying claim to being the first property consultancy in the UK to sign up to the World Green Building Council's net zero carbon commitment.

Interserve cleans up its environmental practices

The support services, construction and equipment services group has adopted a series of improvements to the way its cleaning business runs, resulting in more than 270,000 plastic bottles per year being saved from landfill.

ISS scoops green fleet award

ISS UK has secured a top award from the Masternaut Fleet CO2 Certification Programme, driving forward its green credentials in fleet management.

Amey doubles social enterprise spend in 2018

The infrastructure, services and consultancy firm spent over £2m across its supply chain on companies that use their profits to create positive social change in communities across the UK and overseas.

New PM has 'once in a generation' chance to transform buildings

The new government team led by Boris Johnson has an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically shift policy on the built environment and deliver higher standards of safety, sustainability and social justice.

Built environment professionals back climate action

In line with growing calls for action in the face of the world's climate emergency, businesses, organisations and, more recently, built environment professionals have been signing up to new policies and practices.

Mitie drives electric vehicle pledge

The FM group has signed up to EV100, a global initiative that brings together companies committed to making electric transport the 'new normal' by 2030.

New BESA president sets out ambitious agenda

John Norfolk, elected to serve as president of the Building Engineering Services Association for 2019/20, has used his AGM address to call on the industry for action that could make a difference in the face of social, economic and climate challenges.

Business ready to lead fight against climate change

With the government committing to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a new survey has found the vast majority of UK companies already committed to tackling the issues.

ENGIE partners for pioneering energy projects

The multi-services group has teamed up with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to support projects working on the transition to clean energy.

Sustainable buildings: more understanding needed

A new report argues that though sustainable buildings are becoming more mainstream, there is also a lack of clarity around the costs and benefits of them.

ISS issues zero waste challenge

The facilities services group is challenging stakeholders to stop at least 80,000 items becoming waste today, World Environment Day.

Businesses call for legislation on net zero economy

More than 120 leading UK businesses, investors and business networks are calling on the UK government to put climate neutrality by 2050 into legislation immediately.

Sodexo steps up fight against food waste

The support services group has announced plans to deploy new technology at 3,000 sites worldwide within the next year.

ISS partners with Innocent on school gardening initiative

ISS and Innocent Drinks have teamed up to deliver a week-long gardening event that aims to educate pupils about the benefits of home-grown food, sustainability and trying new things.

Investors not feeling the heat on climate emergency

Is the message getting through? Perhaps not, as a RICS survey finds nearly half of real estate professionals saying that climate risks are not important or even irrelevant for property investors.

UKGBC offers framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council has published a framework for the construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Cordant draws praise for approach to sustainability

Cordant Cleaning has been recognised by its client the Go-Ahead Group with the presentation of a Sustainable Supplier Award from the leading transport operator.

EMCOR UK launches plastics e-learning module

The FM company has become the first service provider to collaborate with the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School to offer a free e-learning module aimed at the sustainable use and management of plastics in businesses across the UK.

UKGBC offers circular economy guidance

The UK Green Building Council has published a comprehensive guidance document for clients, aiming to promote the practical application of circular economy principles on construction projects.

Bouygues sheds light on Brent streets

Bouygues Energies & Services has worked with Brent Borough Council to transform their street lighting, completing a 12-month investment programme in January.

Tide begins to shift towards responsible business

Sustainability, in recent years a virtual synonym for 'green', is finding its way back to its original broader brush meaning and climbing the corporate agenda at the same time.

More than a tick in a box

David Emanuel reports from the Bouygues Energies & Services 2019 Sustainability Conference.

Businesses adopting ambitious sustainability commitments

Here's a bit of good news: the UK Green Building Council reports that its leading members are adopting increasingly ambitious commitments.

The last straw: IFMA UK joins plastics campaign

The FM professionals group is backing the sustainability agenda and urging the industry to get on-board too.

Climate risk climbing corporate agenda

Two-thirds of UK corporates will be disclosing climate-related risks and opportunities in their 2019 annual reporting, according to new figures released by the Carbon Trust.

Atalian Servest signs on to reduce single-use plastics

Atalian Servest Group's specialist B&I catering division, Angel Hill Food Co, has committed to removing single-use plastics, kick-starting the initiative at two of its largest sites.

Mitie commits to electric vehicle fleet

Mitie has become the next major facilities management company to announce it will launch an electric fleet, pledging to run at least 20% of its company small van and car fleet using electric vehicles within the next two years.

WRAP offers advice on plastics

As a growing number of companies in and around the FM sector vow to cut the use of plastic, the waste action group has set out a roadmap that any business can adopt.

Scottish Courts launch green engagement pilot

Sustainability targets are a great thing; but how do you get employees to change their behaviour in order to make consistent progress towards the objective?

OCS commits to reducing single-use plastics

The facilities services group has unveiled an action plan to reduce its single-use plastic footprint across the UK.

ENGIE named top sustainable FM company

The results of the sixth Sustainable Facilities Management Index were announced yesterday, with ENGIE emerging as the first company to win this accolade twice.

Sodexo takes gold at Zurich

Financial services group Zurich UK has awarded Sodexo gold accreditation for corporate responsibility and sustainability through its new supplier accreditation scheme.

Sodexo embraces wonky fruit and veg

As part of its commitment to prevent unnecessary food waste, Sodexo has launched its own initiative to help reduce the volume of grade B fruit and vegetables being thrown away or left to rot.

UKGBC launches innovation portal

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled its new online platform designed to provide an open forum to crowdsource solutions to some of the built environment industry's biggest challenges

UKGBC calls for action "at speed and at scale"

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report with a call for the built environment disciplines to act now.

ENGIE unveils business charter and scrutiny board

The energy and services group has established a new Responsible Business Charter and an independent Scrutiny Board. ENGIE says this underlines its commitment to operate to the highest economic, social and environmental standards.

ENGIE joins in launch of Clean Van Commitment

Sixteen of the UK's largest fleet operators are responding to the issue of poor air quality caused by vans in cities across the country by signing up to this new commitment.

Amey teams up for prison recycling programme

A new partnership is giving offenders an opportunity to develop vital work skills as they recycle television sets from Amey's household waste recycling centres.

UKGBC offers sustainable innovation manual

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled a new Sustainable Innovation Manual for the built environment industries.

Energy standard revised in the face of "perfect storm"

BSI, the business standards company, has revised the original global standard for energy management systems, BS EN ISO 50001: 2018, updating it around changing requirements for cost control, resilience, compliance and sustainability.

EMCOR first with new energy standard

EMCOR UK is the first organisation in the country to achieve conformity to ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management, following an independent assessment by business standards company BSI.

UKGBC launches circular economy programme

The UK Green Building Council has launched a new circular economy programme for the built environment, planned to test the principles on real estate assets and building projects.

Mitie tops Carbon Trust list

Mitie has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard with a carbon management score of 81%, the best score awarded for a UK FM business.

ENGIE pledges to remove single-use plastics

Supporting its commitment to meeting rigorous waste reduction targets, ENGIE in the UK & Ireland has announced an initiative to remove single-use plastics as part of its Circular Economy strategy.

Elior joins anti-plastics campaign

Catering and services group Elior has published a new policy setting out a wide-ranging plan of action to tackle single-use plastic across all operations.

Sodexo says no to plastic straws and stirrers

Sodexo in the UK and Ireland has banned the purchase of all plastic straws and stirrers, and committed to phasing out single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam cups, lids and food containers by 2020.

Gather & Gather pitches out the straws

Mitie's catering business has banned plastic straws from its 276 sites across the UK and Ireland, marking the latest stage of its campaign to remove single-use plastics across its operations.

Making the business case for green building benefits

The World Green Building Council has launched a new report highlighting the economic benefits of green building and showcasing improved occupant satisfaction when companies implement new health, wellbeing and productivity features in existing green sites.

JLL partners with BITC to support circular economy

The real estate services firm has joined in the campaign to help move the built environment industry towards a low carbon and circular economy.

Industry calls on government to raise the bar on environmental standards

Over 50 business leaders from across the built environment industry have signed an open letter to ministers urging them to introduce policy that will see all new buildings built to net-zero carbon standards by 2030.

Proud of your green initiatives?

The end of March is the closing date for the 2018 Sustainable City Awards, an ideal opportunity for FM teams to gain recognition for their contributions to the wellbeing of both people and the environment.

Helistrat aiming to go global

The environmental consultancy and contract manager has revealed plans for the international expansion of its business.

Bouygues E&S commits to elimination of single-use plastic

At the Bouygues Energies & Services annual sustainability conference, held recently, UK Chief Executive David Carr announced the company's ambitious sustainability targets over the coming years. 

BaxterStorey named Sustainable Business of the Year

The catering services provider has taken one of the top honours at the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

WRAP to take on plastic pollution challenge

The sustainability champion is working on an initiative that will involve collaborative action by businesses, government, NGOs and the media to create a circular economy for plastic products.

BIFM highlights the role of sustainability in FM

The results of the 11the annual BIFM Sustainability Survey shine a light on how the profession is adapting to and tackling the increasing demand for sustainable business.

University sustainability league table published

The 10th annual People & Planet rankings show how higher education has responded to the sustainability challenge, says the student-led group behind the survey.

UKGBC calls for urgent action on sustainability

The UK Green Building Council is calling for all built environment professionals to take responsibility for making positive and transformational change in order to meet sustainability goals.

EU-wide sustainable building toolkit launched

The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of 'Level(s)', a new EU framework for sustainable buildings. Backers say this will help transform the building sector.

Sodexo tops sustainably index, again

The global facilities services group has been named the top-rated company in its sector on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 13th consecutive year.  

French giants tackle sustainability challenges

Bouygues's construction business has signed a worldwide memorandum of understanding with environmental services group SUEZ targeting more sustainable buildings.

BIFM annual sustainability survey opens

The 11th annual Sustainability Survey conducted by the British Institute of Facilities Management is now open.

ENGIE plans move to electric vehicles

ENGIE has committed to begin switching to an electric vehicle fleet to improve air quality and help meet its decarbonisation targets for 2020 and beyond.

Thinking differently

Albert Einstein is once again having a moment. If you find yourself in a mess, he argued many years ago, continuing to think about things in the same way is unlikely to get you out of that mess. Timely advice.

Sodexo scoops sustainability award

Sodexo's Green & Lean sustainable meal project was named winner in the Sustainability in Education category at the recent Footprint Awards.

Net zero by 2050: a mountain to climb

As the US considers withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, the World Green Building Council is warning that the building sector, responsible for 30% of global emissions, has a steep climb ahead towards achieving key targets.

ISS joins campaign to tackle food waste

ISS Facility Services UK has signed up to the Courtauld Commitment 2025, the ambitious 10-year voluntary agreement that aims to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

CSR policies increasingly key in procurement

Almost half of buyers now ask about suppliers' engagement with corporate social responsibility in their procurement documentation, according to new survey findings from the Electrical Contractors' Association and the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Sustainable procurement standard published

ISO 20400 aims to make an organisation's supply chain integral to its sustainability goals.

Carillion receives Queen's Award for Enterprise

A Queen's Award for Enterprise has been presented to Carillion in recognition of its contribution to sustainable development.

IFMA offers updated guide on green cleaning

The newly revised guide examines green cleaning from a facilities management perspective, providing the tools needed for FM professionals to understand the benefits and make the business case for a green cleaning programme.

Skanska introduces green measurement system for FM

The group's system, originally developed for the construction side of the business, is designed to promote sustainability and increase the number of contracts, projects and lifecycle works with zero or next to no adverse impact on the environment.

ISS: one winner and two finalists at sustainability awards

Kristina Jackson was crowned the 2017 Sustainability/CSR Manager of the Year at last week's edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Green Councils to back net zero buildings

The Green Building Councils of Australia, Canada, Germany, the US and India have announced their intention to introduce schemes that recognise and reward net zero carbon buildings.

Just how sustainable is FM?

The results of the fourth annual Sustainable FM Index were released yesterday, revealing that though real progress is being made among service providers, there are some barriers yet to be crossed.

Office workers value sustainable work environments

A survey by office design, fit-out and refurbishment specialist Morgan Lovell has found that 73% of UK office workers believe that a sustainable workplace aids productivity.

Green offices: WGBC offers business case evidence

A new report from the World Green Building Council draws together lessons and insights from a series of projects worldwide that demonstrate the benefits of going green for owners, occupiers, developers and investors.

More evidence that green buildings pay

Employees who work in certified green buildings have higher cognitive function scores, fewer sick building symptoms and higher sleep quality scores than those working in non-certified buildings.

Property agents to standardise sustainability offer

A standardised approach to sustainability services for corporate property has been launched under the aegis of the Better Buildings Partnership, the property owners, investors and advisors group.

US owners see healthier buildings paying off

Building owners, developers, managers and investors in the US are increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings, according to new research, with many starting to see the business benefits of doing so.

Sodexo tops sustainability index for 12th year

Sodexo has been named the top-rated company in its sector on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, adding up to 12 consecutive years of recognition for corporate responsibility.

BIFM launches latest sustainability report

The BIFM has published the results of its 10th annual sustainability survey. Major findings centre around the shifting environment of facilities management, an evolving language of sustainability and emerging themes of technology and social factors.

Mitie helping Scotland stay green

The Scottish Government has retained its unique status as the only government in the world to hold the Carbon Trust Triple Standard, and Mitie is citing its supporting role.

Oltec guards go green

At Oltec FM, more than a thousand security personnel have now completed environmental best practice training.

UK-GBC launches 'wellbeing lab'

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled plans to push forward a transformation in how working environments are thought about, designed and managed.

Built environment industry backs low carbon commitment

In a letter printed in the Financial Times late last week, a long list of organisations representing the construction and property sectors came together to underline their views on the importance of sustainability.

Green building movement targets net zero

The World Green Building Council has launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure all buildings are 'net zero' by 2050.

Robertson appointed to national energy framework

The group's energy management division has become one of 16 suppliers on the RE:FIT scheme, the national retrofitting programme aimed at reducing energy bills in the public sector.

Everybody needs good NABERS

Australia's highly successful energy-use-in-buildings programme is to be piloted for application in the UK.

JLL slashes energy use

The real estate services company has reduced energy use across its UK estate by 38%, more than tripling the 10% target the group had set itself.

New approach to business & community collaboration needed

Businesses looking to support local charities and community groups must see past simple cash donations or unskilled volunteering to forge relationships that create a 'Partnership of Equals'.

Carillion offers proof that sustainability pays

In its annual Sustainability Report, the construction to services group provides hard evidence of how its sustainability strategy delivers a competitive edge, helping to win contracts and contribute to profit.

2016 corporate responsibility list unveiled

Over 40 companies took part in the latest Business in the Community CR Index cycle, and the top performers include a strong representation from the wider facilities sector.

Government launches social enterprise buying challenge

Interserve and Wates are amongst the major companies backing a campaign to see more goods and services procured from the UK's social enterprise sector. The initiative marks the start of Responsible Business Week.

BIFM launches latest sustainability survey

The Institute has launched its 10th annual survey, looking at the way that facilities management professionals and the businesses they work for are engaging with the sustainability agenda.

Bennett Hay achieves two-star sustainability status

The independent caterer has received Two Stars in its first Food Made Good Rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Vinci becomes first FM to back Social Value UK

Vinci Facilities has become the first company in the sector to sign on with the social value campaigning and training group.

European countries lead in green building

New research ranking 25 locations around the world on a range of criteria shows the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands as the global leaders in green building.

FM gets fresh guidance on Social Value Act

A new report aims to show how facilities management service providers can create social value through their corporate social responsibility agendas.

World's largest retrofit project launches

The world's largest collaborative project on building renovation has been officially launched by Green Building Councils across Europe in a bid to tackle one of the region's biggest climate challenges: existing buildings.

Soil Association and Carbon Trust in catering standard plan

Soil Association Certification is partnering with the Carbon Trust to develop a bespoke sustainable catering standard to complement the well-established Food for Life Catering Mark.

Sodexo tops sustainability rankings

The global service provider has reinforced its position as one of the most sustainable companies in the world by earning awards in all three of the categories in the Sustainability Yearbook 2016.

Greener buildings pay off for retail sector

Retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores, according to a new report from the World Green Building Council.

What is a 'green building' anyway?

According to the World Green Building Council, here in Europe we may get a new, updated and broader based definition, thanks to the European Commission.

Gather & Gather welcomes three-star SRA rating

The catering business has secured the maximum possible Three Star Sustainability Champion rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Food service industry: good but could do better

WRAP reports good progress against the targets of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement, which is designed to tackle waste and sustainability challenges within the sector.

Helistrat scores at Wembley

Property management company Ravensale has appointed Helistrat to manage waste and recycling services for its Wembley Commercial Centre.

Ultra low energy buildings commitment unveiled

Sixteen leading built environment companies have signed up to a new energy efficiency commitment targeting delivery of 'nearly zero energy buildings'.

Vinci comes top in sustainability ranking

The specialist energy management and sustainable business consultancy Acclaro Advisory has published its third annual Sustainable FM Index. Vinci Facilities has been named best performer.

Sodexo tops sustainability index, again

The service provider has emerged as the top-rated company in its sector on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 11th consecutive year.

EMCOR wins 'expert' ranking

EMCOR UK took a leading position on sustainable procurement in 2013 with its certification under BS 8903. Now, having been re-assessed, it has achieved 'Expert' status.

BSRIA calls for single point of contact on carbon

In a recently launched white paper on the issues involved in achieving carbon targets the building services group sets out the challenge of making progress in a confusing policy climate.

FM and responsible sourcing

Food miles, a concept that scarcely existed even just a few years ago, has become a key concern as corporate social responsibility climbs the boardroom agendas of many organisations.

Zero carbon buildings off the agenda

Plans to introduce zero carbon homes in 2016 and zero carbon non-domestic buildings in 2019 have been dropped by the government.

The business case for action on the environment

A new report calls for action in this Parliament on the key policy priorities that will allow the UK to meet its carbon targets on time, on budget and in way that will be beneficial to the UK economy.

Shopping centres: sustainability pays

Investing in sustainable features increases the market value of shopping centres by up to 5% or even more, according to new research.

Property advisors launch sustainability partnership

Ten of the UK's leading property managers have joined forces to influence and improve the sustainable management of UK commercial property.

Businesses less confident about meeting sustainability goals

Businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to implement and manage sustainability policies, according to research by the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Eight megatrends that will impact UK real estate

Property advisor JLL has identified a series of sustainability trends that will impact on real estate over the next 15-20 years. It is calling on businesses to adapt now to stay competitive.

Sustainability pays

Carillion has published its 2014 Annual Sustainability Report, which shows that its sustainability activities through the year made a major contribution to profits.

Sodexo confirms new business commitments

The Sodexo Group has announced plans to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment by cutting carbon emissions by a third by 2020.

Investors driving change

Money talks, and in the case of institutional financial backing the talk is all about responsible investment focused on environmental, social and governance factors.

Trust and Sodexo win NHS Sustainability Award

Sodexo, in partnership with its client Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, has won the Waste Management Award at the NHS Sustainability Awards.

Skanska delivers its greenest ever project

The construction to FM group has completed the re-building of its Bentley Works site in Doncaster, using in-house expertise to achieve near-zero impact on the environment.

Sodexo launches CR report

It is Responsible Business Week and Sodexo has marked the occasion with the release of its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report.

BSRIA: 15 simple carbon reducing tips

Non-domestic buildings in the UK are responsible for about a fifth of the country's total carbon emissions, writes Peter Tse, Senior Design Consultant, Sustainable Construction Group at BSRIA.

World GBC targets healthy buildings with global campaign

The World Green Building Council has launched a global campaign on health, wellbeing and productivity in a range of building types.

RICS launches climate change risk toolkit

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has published a new research report and an online tool designed to help built environment professionals understand climate change risk and plan to reduce detrimental impacts.

JLL unveils its Plan A

Taking inspiration from Marks and Spencer, the property services group has launched its own sustainability campaign.

Getting your hands dirty: FM and waste management

With resource efficiency, sustainability and the circular economy helping to put the spotlight on how companies manage their waste, FM service providers have the opportunity to get involved and take a lead.

Investor demand set to drive sustainability

The evidence is loud and clear, says CBRE. Owners and developers need to improve and adapt their commercial properties in line with the sustainability agenda.

Challenging conventions

If you were to take all the latest technological innovation in energy efficiency and apply it to one space, what would that facility look like?

BREEAM for refurbs and fit-outs open for comment

A BREEAM assessment package specifically for international refurbishment and fit-out projects has been unveiled, along with a month-long consultation period.

UK-GBC turns focus to retail property

The UK Green Building Council has launched a new project aiming to help measure the health, wellbeing and productivity benefits of sustainable retail property.

BIFM launches 9th Sustainability in FM survey

BIFM has launched its annual sustainability survey looking at the way that FM professionals are engaging with the sustainability agenda.

Making the business case for recycling

Recycling isn't just 'the right thing to do'. It can offer both quick wins and long-term gains: reducing costs and bringing benefits that impact staff, stakeholders and the environment.

Closing date looms for 2015 recycling 'Oscars'

There are only a few weeks to go until the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management close for entries.

Sustainability School confirms launch

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, well established in the construction sector, will launch its dedicated offer for FM and the services sector next week.

Telefónica presents top award for sustainability to ISS

The telecoms group has recognised the ISS commitment to sustainability by presenting its support services partner with the Award for Outstanding Delivery of Telefónica UK’s Sustainability Objectives 2014.

Advice on resource efficiency from CIBSE & WRAP

New guidance on the principles, importance and opportunities of the resource efficiency of building services has been launched.

Sustainability Index: good news and bad

The second annual Sustainable FM Index has found many companies performing well and discerned a clear maturity path for continued progress. But it has also identified inconsistency in defining successful performance, as well as growing short-termism.

SPIE's Adams to lead CIC green agenda

George Adams, UK Engineering Director at Spie, has been appointed Chair of the Construction Industry Council Green Construction Panel.

Property investors: sustainability a must-have

UK property investors and fund managers no longer view sustainability as simply a 'nice to have'. Demonstrable performance is moving towards a requirement for these market shapers.

JD Wetherspoon toasts FM award success

The pubs group has taken a top sustainability award at the recent Chartered Institution of Wastes Management's UK Sustainability & Resource Industry Awards 2014.

15 simple carbon reducing tips

Following the release of the latest report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, highlighting the need to reduce carbon, BSRIA has compiled some useful tips on how to do just that.

Waste management: FMs need to see the big picture

Reducing waste and moving towards a circular economy are real challenges and require engagement and action from a range of different parties, including client organisations, facilities managers, service providers and waste management firms.

BREEAM for refurbs and fit-outs launched

The latest in the BREEAM family of sustainability rating schemes has been unveiled, focusing specifically on refurbishment and fit-out projects.

Sustainable building test site gets underway

Ground has been broken on the site of the Green Build Hub, designed to be both test-bed for and centre of knowledge about sustainable building products and techniques.

Shopping centres in race for sustainability lead

UK shopping centres are competing for more than just sales figures. Research shows that solar panels, LED lighting, electric vehicle charge points and new technology that harvests 'people power' are at the top of centre managers' wish-lists for 2015.

'Sustainability kitemark' for existing buildings launched

A new measure of sustainability performance for commercial buildings has been developed, designed to evaluate occupied sites on the three key sustainability criteria: economic, environmental and social.

Overwhelming evidence for green building benefits

A new report from the World Green Building Council sets out the 'overwhelming evidence' that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

JLL on ways to go green

The property services group is marking World Green Building Week by offering advice on some steps that will make offices and industrial buildings more sustainable.

Carillion CSO named to parliamentary commission

David Picton, Chief Sustainability Officer at Carillion, has been appointed a commissioner on the newly launched Industry and Parliament Trust Sustainability Commission.

PHS makes the sustainability case

While it is obligatory for UK quoted companies to report greenhouse gas emissions, it is becoming increasingly essential for all businesses, big or small, to highlight their environmental credentials by measuring and reducing their carbon footprint.

London gets more money for energy efficiency

London Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed a further investment of almost £12m to expand the programme to retrofit buildings across the capital, making them more energy efficient and reducing carbon emissions.

CSR makes good business sense: global survey

A survey of 2500 companies in 34 economies finds that businesses are being driven towards more socially and environmentally sustainable practices not simply by brand building or altruism, but because it makes good financial sense.

Challenging the perception that sustainability costs

Research from construction services company Sweett and the building research group BRE uses real data to argue that sustainable buildings are not necessarily any more costly to construct than traditional buildings.

Focus on reputation drives sustainability

New research from consultants McKinsey finds that sustainability is playing an increasing role in corporate strategy, with one big driver being a focus on reputation.

UK first for Barts and Skanska team

Working in partnership with Skanska, Barts Health NHS Trust has become the first Trust in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust standard for waste.

Supply Chain Sustainability School targets FM market

The sustainability training group, widely backed by the construction industry, is to launch new resources for the FM industry in January.

The future of the NHS: making the sustainability case

With resources under continual pressure, performance being questioned in some quarters and the future looking unclear at best, there’s a lot to be said for the NHS wholeheartedly embracing a sustainability agenda.

CFOs increasingly getting the sustainability message

With sustainability issues gaining increased attention from investors, regulators, activists and the media, the c-suite is taking notice.

Cup winning performance

ISS Facility Services has signed on as a Founder Member of the new 'Simply Cups' paper cup recycling scheme.

Box-ticking approach to sustainability cuts benefits

UK businesses are missing out on a range of benefits by operating on the border of compliancy when it comes to sustainable business practice, according to the annual sustainability survey from the BIFM.

PwC: oil fired

ISS Facility Services is to work with its client, the professional services firm PwC, to collect and re-use waste cooking oil as a carbon-friendly energy source.

EU eyes more focused sustainability action

The European Commission has adopted new proposals designed to raise the sustainability of new and renovated buildings by increasing resource efficiency and improving information on the environmental performance of buildings.

Sustainable FM Index 2014 now open

Registration for the Sustainable FM Index 2014 is now open to all organisations delivering FM services, whether in-house or as external service providers.

Green policies: could do better

Government policy designed to reduce carbon emissions from commercial buildings needs to be better understood, more efficiently monitored and easier to enforce, according to a new report.

The four stages in the corporate sustainability journey

Companies actively seeking to improve sustainability performance need to ensure their corporate real estate team is aligned with, and able to deliver, their priority sustainability objectives.

CoreNet teams up with Arup on sustainability

Corporate real estate group CoreNet Global has joined forces with consultants Arup to produce a detailed analysis and comparison of the major sustainability programmes in use around the world.

ISS scoops CSR team award

ISS Facility Services UK won the Corporate Social Responsibility Team award at the Business Charity Awards, held last week.

Homeworking is where the savings are

Increasing the numbers of UK employees working from home could cut costs by £3bn a year for UK employers and employees and save over 3m tonnes of carbon, according to a new report from the Carbon Trust.

Green is back in vogue

What is sustainable purchasing, and how can organisations use it to improve their environmental credentials?

Low carbon building breaks the mould

The UK's first low-carbon commercial building has landed a new Carbon Trust award and pioneered a path for others to follow.

ISS tops Corporate Responsibility Index

ISS UK has been singled out as a 3-Star company and the highest performing facilities management company in Business in the Community's latest Corporate Responsibility Index.

Social value: call for training and support

Landmarc Support Services, the Interserve-backed sustainable infrastructure group, has published a white paper calling for specialised training and support to foster increased focus on social value within both the client and contractor communities.

UK first: embodied carbon database for buildings

The UK's first publicly available database for embodied carbon in buildings has been launched by resource efficiency experts WRAP in collaboration with the UK Green Building Council.

BIFM sustainability survey opens

The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched its annual survey to investigate how FM professionals are engaging with the sustainability agenda.

CBRE goes shopping for sustainability benefits

The real estate advisor has been appointed by the British Council of Shopping Centres to analyse the economic impact of sustainability measures on the value of shopping centres in the UK.

WGBC targets benefits of green buildings

A major global project that will help to define the health and productivity benefits of green office buildings has been launched by the World Green Building Council.

Sodexo tops sustainability rankings

Sodexo has been ranked the best-performing company in its sector for social, environmental and economic performance for the seventh consecutive year.

Sustainable FM Index launched

A new annual Sustainable FM Index report has been published, addressing how sustainability is embedded within facilities management service companies.

Sustainable schools deliver results

A new report released by the Green Building Council of Australia aims to spark a conversation about how high-performance green schools can deliver high-performance students.

BIFM offers recycling and waste guide

The British Institute of Facilities Management has published another in its series of Good Practice Guides, this time focusing on recycling and waste management.

World Green Building Week arrives

September 16 to 20 is due to see Green Building Councils in 98 countries hosting events, running campaigns and celebrating under the theme 'greener buildings, better places, healthier people'.

CIWM dismayed by draft waste prevention plan

The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management has gone public with concerns about the draft Waste Prevention Plan published recently by Defra.

Green lease toolkit updated

Commercial property owners group, the Better Buildings Partnership, has reviewed and revised its guidance on the use of green leases.

Insurance giant warns on climate threat

Marsh, the international insurance group, is warning the backers of big construction and infrastructure projects about the danger of not adequately considering the impact of climate change when making long-term decisions.

Lighting is top energy efficiency investment

Efficient lighting tops the list of green technology investments in a new survey from the Carbon Trust.

FM & sustainability: could do better

The findings of the latest annual Sustainability in Facilities Management survey show overwhelming support for embedding the concept in business operations, but problems around implementation.

Companies don't recycle computer equipment

Most British businesses dispose of their old computer equipment without recycling, according to a leading waste management company.

NJC scores at planet level

Not Just Cleaning, the cleaning and support services company, has achieved the Planet Mark as evidence of its commitment to sustainability performance.

Spotlight turns on energy efficiency policies

A major independent study is now underway into whether the government's energy and carbon policies are having the desired effect on the commercial property sector.

Green retrofit programme launched

The new Green Retrofit Investment Programme has up to £100m available for investment in building retrofit projects and energy infrastructure projects where clear energy and carbon emissions savings will result.

BT goes open-source on CO2 strategy

BT has unveiled a new carbon abatement methodology, offering to share its approach with other big corporates.

BBP and JLL in benchmarking agreement

Jones Lang LaSalle and the Better Buildings Partnership are to work together to provide owners and occupiers with a single benchmarking system for comparing the environmental performance of commercial property assets.

Sustainable procurement for EMCOR

EMCOR Group has added BS 8903 sustainable procurement accreditation to its list of credentials

GHG reporting on the way

Mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions is just around the corner for listed companies. The time to prepare is now, says KPMG.

Scotland pilots 'reverse vending'

Glasgow's Cordia support services business is one of nine companies piloting a new 'recycle and reward' scheme from Zero Waste Scotland.

Carillion unveils latest sustainability report

The construction to services group pulled out the stops for the launch of its latest annual sustainability report, featuring a keynote address by Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker.

DTZ unveils Euro sustainability guide

The property services firm has published a guide for occupiers, investors and developers providing an overview of sustainability practices in real estate across the EU.


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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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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

Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky, when asked why he was so good, replied: "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where it's going to be."