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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.

UKGBC to test social value framework

The UK Green Building Council has announced plans to work with eight partners to test its recently published Framework for Defining Social Value.

Pareto names social impact director

Emma Wilson will focus on developing the company’s sustainability initiatives and growing their community-based projects.

Sodexo names corporate responsibility director

The move for Claire Atkins Morris comes as an internal promotion following success in a number of roles at the UK & Ireland business over the past 11 years.

Mitie passes ESG targets

In its newly published 2021 Social Value Report, the group sets out how it has passed all its environmental, social and governance targets over the most recent financial year.

Atalian Servest saves over 200,000 kilos of ugly veg

The FM group’s catering divisions have saved 227,366 kilos of vegetables from going to waste in the last 18 months.

Arcus awarded reduced carbon status

Arcus FM has been awarded the Carbon Footprint Standard - CO2e Reduced status for the entire organisation.

Bouygues E&S delivers on lighting project

Bouygues Energies & Services has completed a partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough to replace 90% of its street lighting with LED lights.

SFMI report defines sustainability roadmap

A new report explores the criteria used by the SFMI in its annual sustainability assessments, which will take place in the autumn.

Budget shortfalls put sustainability at risk

Budget constraints and buy-in from senior leadership are the two biggest barriers to adoption of smart technologies.

Salisbury set to become climate positive

The facilities management business has unveiled a plan to go beyond net zero and be a climate positive company from this year onwards.

Sodexo and Nestlé back Buy Social challenge

The Buy Social Corporate Challenge is run by Social Enterprise UK and brings together corporate partners from a range of industries with a collective ambition to spend £1bn on social enterprises.

BSI to monitor government sustainability performance

The standards group has been selected to assess the G7 Summit and COP26 events against the international sustainability standard, ISO 20121.

Power up your building

A new white paper explains how innovative technology can help organisations transform their commercial buildings into a virtual power plant.

2030 net zero commitment for ISS

ISS UK & Ireland has announced its new strategy to achieve challenging carbon emission reduction targets.

UKGBC launches sustainable solutions library

The UK Green Building Council has launched a new Solutions Library designed to address shared sustainability challenges and enhance collaboration.

BMG partners for sustainable furniture solutions

Business Moves Group is teaming up with sustainable office furniture solutions specialist The Coggin Group.

ISS publishes 2020 corporate responsibility report

The report details key milestones reached despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Compass commits to net zero by 2030

The commitment covers both its own operations and its value chain, with a programme in line with the Science-Based Targets Initiative criteria.

Responsible property management toolkit to launch

The toolkit is designed to be a practical guide to best practice in responsible property management for asset, property and facilities managers.

SFMI launches free Bitesize Webinar series

The FM industry’s sustainability benchmark is launching an educational webinar series to provide insights directly from professionals within the industry.

Build back greener: new UKGBC advice

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance to help developers and owners increase nature-based solutions within the construction and operation of built assets.

Ecocleen names new head of systems and compliance

The contract cleaning provider has appointed Peter David to focus on improving efficiency and driving sustainability across the business.

Social value critical in supplier decisions

Three-quarters of UK businesses are prepared to shed suppliers that do not live up to their social values.

Johnson Controls partners with IWBI

The building systems specialist has announced a partnership with the International WELL Building Institute to promote global application of the WELL Building Standard.

Landmark decarbonisation project gets go-ahead

Aberdeen City Council has awarded a three-way partnership the contract to deliver a decarbonisation retrofit scheme across 100 social housing properties.

Amey commits to net zero

The infrastructure, engineering and facilities services company has committed to reducing its carbon emissions with the goal of reaching net zero by 2040.

Arcus announces sustainability plans

Arcus has committed to fully embedding sustainability into the management and operation of its business and ensuring equal focus is placed on all elements of sustainability.

Companies need support to achieve sustainability goals

Directors say they need more information about the way forward. They also worry about the costs involved.

Derwent partners with SFMI

Derwent Facilities Management has joined the Sustainable Facilities Management Index as part of an ongoing commitment to improving environmental sustainability.

Climate change: FM favours quick wins

The UK facilities management sector does not possess a thorough, detailed strategic approach to combatting climate change.

Homeworkers want help to cut costs and impacts

As research continues to show preferences for continued homeworking, the associated increase in household energy use is causing concern.

Hybrid working must be part of government strategy

A new think-tank report calls on the government to incentivise the establishment of more local offices and hybrid-working initiatives.

Government publishes vision for decarbonisation

The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy aims to slash emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years.

Sodexo replacing plastic

The services group has strengthened its commitment to remove single-use plastic items from its operations.

BAM project does double duty

An innovative business idea, involving re-training veterans to become experts in arboriculture and horticulture, has been helped to get off the ground by BAM FM.

Ground Control beats carbon neutral target

The landscaping and maintenance services specialist has reached its goal of achieving carbon neutral certification four years ahead of schedule.

New guidance on net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council has published guidance on the procurement of high-quality renewable energy and carbon offsets.

ISS supporting Food Waste Action Week

ISS has thrown its support behind this week’s campaign, which aims to create lasting change and deliver against the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030.

Amey in pursuit of environmentally friendly cleaning solution

Amey’s Secure Infrastructure business says it is on a journey to introduce a fully sustainable cleaning solution across its FM operations. 

UKGBC moves ahead on social value

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance designed to help built environment practitioners define and deliver social value on their projects.

Return to workplace threatens environmental dividend

With the government revealing its roadmap for the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, it is becoming clear that the green gains of the pandemic could be lost.

Wates opens innovation portal

Wates Group has launched a self-service, interactive and intelligent marketplace for sustainable innovation.

Sodexo partners for Food Waste Action Week

Sodexo is teaming up with WRAP, the sustainable resource use charity, to tackle food waste and help save the planet.

Mace sets out its path towards 2026

The group has overhauled its strategy to set out a vision of a more sustainable and inclusive business model that puts purpose at its heart. 

New sustainability pledges at Mitie

The company is marking the first anniversary of its Plan Zero programme with new commitments.

Sodexo launches 2021 Social Impact Pledge

Sodexo UK & Ireland has stated its commitment to a series of pledges forming its ethical manifesto for leading the way to improve quality of life for society and the planet.

GFSL turns to solar energy

The MoJ's Gov Facility Services Ltd is pioneering solar energy projects at two prisons in England in a bid to meet net zero carbon targets.

Mitie launches zero emission gritting service

The UK’s first zero emission gritting service for commercial use uses an electric gritter and sustainable white marine salt.

Climate site for built environment launched

The new Climate Framework website aims to cater for the needs and interests of all professionals working in built environment disciplines.

Mitie added to net zero framework

Mitie has been named as a preferred supplier on a new Net Zero Carbon Delivery framework.

Ground Control in green fleet commitment

The landscaping and maintenance services company has won recognition for accelerating its transition to electric vehicles as part of a commitment to lower its carbon footprint.

More on cutting carbon from UKGBC

A new report from the UK Green Building Council showcases solutions to reducing operational carbon.

Mitie's ESG status upgraded

Mitie has received a top score from Sustainalytics, one of the leading global environment, social and governance ratings agencies.

VINCI Facilities wins top award for sustainability in FM

VINCI Facilities has come out on top in the Sustainable Facilities Management Index 2020 E-Awards.

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.


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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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Everything is connected to everything else

There is probably no better shorthand definition of sustainability than that.

The future of FM

A couple of months ago I was asked to write a comment piece about past changes in the built environment sector and what might be coming next. My answer might have been different only these few weeks later.

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

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."