The property services group has announced a strategic partnership with Emitwise, a carbon accounting software provider.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched the second edition of its Whole Life Carbon Assessment for the Built Environment standard.
Effective working relationships between the UK and devolved governments will be key to achieving net zero by 2050.
A relaunch includes a renewed purpose to stimulate industry-wide engagement on sustainability issues.
In a sector first, the index aims to ensure quality data on building performance, helping operators and occupiers track and report on sustainability initiatives.
The move comes as an acceleration of progress towards full-scope net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
ISS UK & Ireland has been approved as an official training centre for the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
Fewer than 50% of organisations expect to meet decarbonisation targets by 2030.
New report offers fresh insights into the current state of sustainable procurement adoption in the UK.
New guidance on making informed procurement decisions aims to help accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon electricity grid.
The environmental services group is on board to help the club achieve its sustainability goals.
Teaming up with the Supply Chain Sustainability School will provide a free learning platform to build capabilities.
Set to be one of the largest solar parking canopy projects in the UK, solar PV and battery installation has been confirmed in Portsmouth.
Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital has become the UK’s first community hospital to achieve carbon neutrality.
Graham Asset Management will install low-carbon heating solutions and improve the fabric of selected Cheshire schools.
EMCOR UK has partnered with Access Community Trust to create employment opportunities and enhance mental wellbeing at work and in the local community.
The UK Business Climate Hub, launched this week, aims to be a one-stop-shop to help businesses save money and go green.
Recycle Scotland is re-engineering the university’s furniture as a sustainable alternative to disposal.
Highlights include the creation of a new carbon team to tackle emissions and support customers to achieve net zero.
Since 1 September 2022 WasteWatch has reduced food waste by 43%, the equivalent of 30,249 meals.
The circular economy specialist has reported record annual turnover of over £1bn in 2022, more than doubling its 2020 figure.
Rectifying this could help to position FM as a pivotal player in driving decarbonisation efforts.
Housing provider Longhurst Group turns focus to improving energy efficiency in hundreds of homes.
Wates has become one of the first members of the National Homes Decarbonisation Group.
The guidance urges industry to view carbon offsetting more comprehensively, accompanied by an ambitious approach to internal carbon pricing.
The Sustainable Facilities Management Index assessments for 2023 will contain more scoring around mental health and wellbeing as behaviours become a reporting must.
The initiative sees BM Caterers become the first company to pilot a new sustainability awareness educational programme.
More evidence that there is a premium on green space, this time from the occupant side of the equation.
A new report from the Public Accounts Committee calls on Whitehall to pull together numerous decarbonisation plans into a coherent strategy.
The live events company, working with OCS Group and Biffa, is boasting of a ‘ground-breaking environmental achievement’.
In its first year, JLL Foundation investments are helping to catalyse efforts to achieve a more sustainable future.
Consultancy and construction company Mace is calling on the industry and government to ramp up efforts to retrofit non-domestic buildings.
The campaign to establish a standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon has reached a significant milestone.
The FM group has transitioned 50% of its fleet to electric vehicles as it progresses toward the ultimate goal of 100% by the end of 2025.
Annual report highlights progress and outcomes delivered against the commitments laid out in its Social Impact Pledge.
The UK Green Building Council has published advice on strategies and processes that asset owners can use to adapt and enhance their climate resilience.
A new report looks holistically at how educators can adopt a whole-school approach to sustainability as new requirements loom.
If offsetting is a part of your net zero strategy, you could be looking at a steep rise in costs.
Through its defence housing contract, the service provider is working to transform local grassland into havens for wildlife.
The consultancy group will support the city’s plans to decarbonise homes, workplaces and public buildings.
Over a third of businesses are yet to take meaningful action on reducing emissions, according to analysis of ONS figures.
The UK’s largest food and support service provider has announced a new strategic partnership targeting a more sustainable industry.
Progress on sustainability risks being held back as businesses grapple with increasing costs and lack of clarity around the way forward.
Alongside the climate crisis, we face an ecological crisis in which biodiversity in the UK is under severe and urgent threat.
Without a change in board attitudes the UK could face a building retrofit crisis, warns a new report.
Funded by Mitie, the Foundation operates independently, with a separate board and management structure.
The energy efficiency rating scheme for existing office buildings has been extended to meet the needs of owners and occupiers.
Furniture and tech equipment unneeded following the Institute’s recent move has gone to good causes.
The food and facilities services company is extending its current work with the social enterprise.
There have been several updates to regulations impacting organisational sustainability over the last six months, requiring greater levels of disclosure.
A new e-book focuses on the five biggest challenges to reaching net zero and shares insights on overcoming them.
Three green hydrogen projects the consumables group is developing with energy industry partners have won places on a government shortlist.
EMCOR UK has switched to using Polyflex Eco gloves, made from recycled plastic, at British Sugar sites where it provides FM services.
The group’s venues specialist has achieved the Green Meetings Gold Award at Ewood Park, the home of Blackburn Rovers FC.
Research reveals office workers are demanding greater sustainability, and businesses know they need to do more.
Wates has been named Best Sustainability Supplier of the Year by HMRC at the department’s annual supplier conference.
The government’s strategy for spending up to £2.5bn on improving energy efficiency has had a cautious welcome by the Building Engineering Services Association.
The built environment communications specialist has signed The Anti-Greenwash Charter, promoting responsible marketing within the industry.
But, warns the UK Green Building Council, only with the political will to scale up those solutions.
Green leases can benefit both landlords and tenants while also serving to decarbonise real estate.
The project will help decarbonise a heat network for up to 5,000 homes.
The services group has increased the amount eligible employees can apply for in its Cycle to Work salary sacrifice scheme.
The council says it is committed to bringing the voice of the sustainable built environment sector to the mission to improve energy efficiency in the UK.
The company has been honoured with three leading zero carbon industry awards in as many weeks.
Marking the arrival of Food Waste Action Week, Sodexo UK & Ireland has provided an update on its food waste reduction programme.
Companies are increasingly using carbon targets as part of executive pay outcomes.
Over 50% of inner London commercial stock will be ‘unlettable’ from 2027 as MEES legislative changes loom.
The aim is to provide technical guidance to support the development of sustainable, resilient and energy-efficient buildings that meet needs now and in the future.
The contract caterer’s new campaign aims to elevate social value awareness within the firm and unite efforts into a company-wide focus.
That, and regulatory certainty, are needed to accelerate the decarbonisation of the property industry.
New recommendations come in an early update to the British Council for Offices Guide to Specification.
Balfour Beatty’s group sustainability director has been appointed to the board of the industry-leading Supply Chain Sustainability School.
The Building Engineering Services Association has welcomed the creation of a new government department dedicated to delivering energy security and net zero.
Compass Group UK & Ireland’s total social and local economic value has been calculated at £591m.
Analysis of commercial property service charge data shows that greener buildings have substantially lower energy costs.
EcoVadis, the global sustainability accreditor, has awarded a gold medal to the corporate FM specialist.
Market prospects may be uncertain over the short-term, but many UK property companies intend to increase investment in carbon reduction this year.
The UK Green Building Council has published a new toolkit to accelerate the shift from a linear to a regenerative, circular economy.
The Building Engineering Services Association is calling for the government to accelerate investment in energy efficiency and heat pumps.
New research shows that millennials and younger workers are driving a growing trend of ‘climate quitting’, seeking out more environmentally friendly jobs.
In its latest published report the services group highlights progress across the key pillars of its ESG framework.
In the UK, the largest contributor to methane emissions from the waste sector is landfill, accounting for 81% of sector emissions.
The UK & Ireland business is reporting a 33% reduction in its Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions since its baseline year of 2017.
The group is aiming to become an industry leader with a strategy it describes as ambitious, transparent and realistic.
A new insights paper shares views for the year ahead, covering a range of areas including energy, e-mobility, waste and landscapes.
Buildings with better sustainability credentials are achieving markedly higher capital values and rents.
The company is aiming to lead the facilities management industry with a full-scope net zero emissions target for 2035.
Research by living wall specialist Biotecture has found that two-thirds of people who live in urban environments want to see more botanical beauty.
Designers WILL+Partners have delivered a project that has resulted in significant reductions in the client’s waste production and energy use.
EMCOR UK has partnered with energy management and sustainability consultancy Verco to provide Route Zero.
The hard services group has received Science Based Targets initiative validation of it plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.
Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae University Hospital benefited from an additional €44k of savings following the first year of operations.
New reporting standards, expected to be published in 2023, will require mandatory Scope 3 disclosures.
A new scorecard from the UK Green Building Council shows that government has fallen behind on decarbonising the built environment over the past year.
The Planon Innovation Campus has been awarded certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building Institute.
The FM services company has achieved confirmation of carbon neutrality for 2021.
Carbon Zero is a new software platform designed to support the social housing sector in achieving net zero targets.
The waste management and recycling firm says the right strategy would unlock raw materials, create jobs and slash emissions.
One highly effective way appears to be CUBE, the sector-led competition that helps commercial building users reduce their consumption.
A new report calls for greater collaboration and data-sharing between office building owners and occupiers to improve progress.
Leading facilities management companies are ahead of the curve for progress on Scope 3 emissions.
The partnership will enable EMCOR to measure, manage and report on its social value impact.
That argument has been made for some years, but new research now shows a 6% rental premium for buildings with sustainability certifications.
A new white paper from the FM group tackles eight key questions shaping the industry’s future.
Near-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets at the hard services group have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
The company’s strategy aims to provide a clear, measurable and data-driven framework.
Vertas Group’s commercial waste management consultancy division has launched a food collection infrastructure across the UK to support clients in meeting new legislation.
The Sustainable Facilities Management Index has established itself as the benchmark for FM provider performance around this critical issue.
A new competition is aimed at finding sustainability innovations that can help Lloyds tackle its hybrid working and travel emissions and enhance biodiversity.
But analysis of recently published reports shows there’s a need for more focus on connectivity across purpose, people and planet.
Retrofitting is moving up the net zero agenda and there’s an opportunity to get involved at the UK Green Building Council.
If there is a silver lining to the current energy crisis, it may be that rising costs are expediting the move toward more efficient buildings.
The UK Green Building Council is calling on government to strengthen policies that will support a resilient built environment.
Trends & Opportunities, the unique annual review from i-FM, looks closely at the UK industry and how it is shaping up for the future.
Equans has invested in two net zero carbon software specialists through the Clean Growth Innovation Fund.
A Dragon's Den-style competition involving 85 students from 26 universities was recently held by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.
Novus Property Solutions is reporting a series of wins for its dedicated Sustain service.
Ecoserv Group has been named Sustainable Scale-up Business of the Year in recognition of its net zero strategy and commitment to minimising environmental impacts.
The team developing the UK’s net zero carbon buildings standard has launched a call for evidence.
The Appetite for Action campaign to tackle food waste in the foodservice industry was named a winner at this year’s Waste2Zero Awards.
A new report by the British Council for Offices urges the property industry to ‘retain, extend life, reduce impact’ to future-proof the office sector.
New research from JLL highlights ways that life science occupiers, investors, developers and landowners can mitigate the climate impact of their assets.
This, the company says, is the first 360-degree online self-assessment tool to help owners assess their building’s performance.
New guidance from the World Green Building Council collates “effective and practical steps” to build resilience to the changing climate.
The plan sets out a blueprint for achieving net zero on direct emissions by 2025 and total emissions by 2035.
Retrofitting offices and industrial buildings can deliver the energy reductions required to support the UK’s 2050 net zero targets.
ESG commitments are an increasing priority for most businesses, but research suggests that many are still at the first stage of the journey.
Churchill Services has been awarded a gold medal by EcoVadis, the global sustainability accreditor.
A new partnership will encourage Compass Scotland sites to work with FareShare to donate surplus food for distribution to those in need.
The UK Green Building Council has assembled team of cross-industry experts who will support delivery of new guidance.
11 major players are calling for the formation of a new taskforce to ensure buildings are fit for the future.
The food services industry trade body, UKHospitality, has unveiled a ‘vitally important’ programme aimed at guiding the sector to net zero by 2040.
The FM provider’s latest ESG report highlights progress made against 13 ambitious targets.
The technology-driven hard services specialist says it is aiming to lead the FM industry with the appointment of a new head of ESG.
The Sustainable Facilities Management Index team has started work on the development of a tool for managing Scope 3 carbon emissions in the FM sector.
The construction and FM group’s UK & Ireland businesses have set an ambitious target for becoming net zero in their direct operations.
The technology-driven maintenance services company has received B Corp status in recognition of its high environmental, social and governance standards.
The Better Buildings Partnership has published new guidance on defining, measuring and reporting on climate resilient property.
A group of 30 large companies have spent over a quarter of a billion pounds with social enterprises by bringing them into their supply chains.
The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard initiative has appointed David Partridge as chair of its recently convened Governance Board.
Progress is being seen in some aspects of the built environment on the drive to be more sustainable, according to the latest annual sustainability report from RICS.
The environment, health and safety software market will continue to grow this year, in parallel with and potentially overlapping ESG activities.
OakTree Power, the climate tech start-up, has developed a bespoke climate technology solution for the FT to reduce energy at its London headquarters, Bracken House.
Engineering services group Dron & Dickson has turned to Envirovue for assistance with reducing the emissions from its waste management operations.
In an industry first, the group has successfully issued two bonds, raising £750m to support delivery of its global net zero target.
The group’s Global Workplace Solutions business has entered into an exclusive agreement with SERI to drive social enterprise participation in the corporate sector across Ireland.
The building services specialist has provided the first NABERS UK energy rating in the capital.
The lone worker solution specialist has teamed up with two of its longstanding customers to create new social value funds.
Amey has committed to a step-change in the way it works in order to achieve new levels of sustainability and social value across its operations.
The workplace experience specialist has been recognised as a purpose-led organisation that places people at the heart of its business.
The concept could play a crucial role in helping the building services sector to develop more effective net zero strategies.
In the latest review of its Climate Action Plan, CIBSE focuses on the role of building services engineers in delivering net zero.
The appointment provides significant opportunities to support NHS hospitals and the wider public sector to achieve net zero targets by 2040.
This guidance sets out for the first time how the emissions of buildings in operation can be fully assessed to achieve net zero carbon.
The UK Green Building Council has published new insight into the positive impact circular thinking can have in delivering whole-life carbon reductions and value creation.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has announced two major initiatives to help mobilise the resources and waste sector on its journey to net zero.
EQUANS has been appointed by Birmingham City Council to retrofit 300 homes in a pilot project for decarbonising the council’s 60,000 properties.
The company’s CEO has been speaking about the role that infrastructure businesses can play in achieving the government’s levelling up agenda.
Companies in the FM supply chain are grappling with the challenges raised by environmental, social and governance issues.
Britain’s businesses are in the grip of an energy crisis. With energy costs continuing to rise, 92% of decision-makers are concerned.
EQUANS UK & Ireland has strengthened its existing commitment to decarbonisation by publishing a revised net zero roadmap.
The organisers of the Sustainable Facilities Management Index are planning future research work and want your input.
Cranfield University’s battery energy storage system will be open for a unique behind-the-scenes tour next week.
Since 2008, funding from Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation has provided urgent welfare support to those most in need from the Armed Forces community, particularly veterans and their families.
The independent caterer is the first contract catering business in the UK to become B Corp certified, reinforcing a purpose-led approach to doing business.
New analysis shows that just 11% of the world’s listed companies are in alignment with the 1.5°C climate emergency target.
New survey findings are painting a worrying picture of the manufacturing industry’s transition to net zero.
The firm is aiming at the centre of the drive to decarbonise the UK’s built environment with a commitment to training for its staff.
National property services provider Wates Smartspace has created £1.687m of social value for the local Cheshire community during the second year of a major fire station refurbishment programme.
Ecoserv Group is launching a managed service to help customers meet their waste and recycling commitments.
The three-year plan from the property services team focuses on decarbonising the NHS estate and supporting customers in their transition to net zero.
A Sustainable Facilities Management Index team has developed a standardised approach to calculate carbon emissions for the FM sector.
The Better Buildings Partnership has announced three new signatories to its Climate Commitment, as a second group launches a complementary initiative.
The service group’s near and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.
National TOMs, the widely recognised social value measurement tool, has been refreshed and updated to reflect changing needs.
New data from the Institute of Directors shows that half of businesses are now more likely to invest in carbon reduction measures.
City governments are setting ambitious sustainability targets, often well ahead of national goals.
Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Professor Sir Charles Godfray FRS to its executive team.
The group’s Stop Hunger Foundation is extending its work with food redistribution charity The Bread and Butter Thing.
A cross-industry steering group has come together to develop a Standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon.
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The report lays out the company’s vision to create a better world at work for people, communities and the planet.
The UK Green Building Council has published a guide to support the retrofitting of poorly performing commercial buildings.
A funding extension from Innovate UK will enable progress on plans for a town-wide, smart local energy system in Rugeley, Staffordshire.
The University of East London has established a strategic partnership with Siemens to collaborate on their net zero carbon aspiration for 2030.
Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Laura Neville as head of social value, with an agenda focused on employees, clients and communities.
The ESG concept, originally a set of criteria for investors, has moved quickly into sustainability conversations, but perhaps too quickly.
Planned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart building technology are returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Sustainability terms have quickly become part of everyday language. But are we all sure what we’re talking about?
According to new research, proposed legislative energy targets could cost UK office landlords upwards of £40 per sq ft.
February’s FM conference tackled the big topic of sustainability challenges and opportunities in a very well-received return as an in-person event.
The UK Green Building Council has published guidance to support the delivery of social value across built environment projects.
A new report has identified four types of corporate approach to sustainability to help businesses establish just how green they are.
The facilities services group has teamed up with US food recovery and distribution company Goodr to divert excess food to local charities.
It is one of the most important issues on the FM agenda, perhaps the most important. Should the industry work together on a response to the sustainability challenge?
Its Carbon Reduction Plan details how the group aims to minimise direct and indirect emissions across each of its services and its extensive property portfolio.
An update of the Sustainable Procurement in FM report has identified the key criteria that will help embed sustainability in the sector.
February’s annual FM conference tackled the big subject of sustainability, a subject that is and will continue to be a key factor in shaping FM’s future.
Putting active commuting at the heart of ESG policies can shift commuters towards more sustainable forms of travel, improve individual health and wellbeing and help companies cut carbon emissions.
Today marks the start of a week that aims to support lasting change in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving global food waste by 2030.
The group is rolling out a new national standard to support the use of sustainable cleaning and hygiene supplies across its FM portfolio .
In 10 years of annual assessment of FM providers’ sustainability strategies, SMFI has found that water is consistently one of the lowest scoring criteria.
Sustainability is here to stay, and regulatory changes and challenges around disclosure are driving growth in demand for consultancy.
Skills shortages are hampering ambitions to deliver net zero emission buildings.
The facilities services group has also undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food it serves globally by 25% by 2030.
Ahead of mandatory requirements to disclose climate-related risks coming into force in April, the UK Green Building Council has published new guidance.
The support services company has published a report examining its current impact on levelling up and how it can go further in the future.
The services group has helped Barnsley Council secure £1.3m from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
The cleaning and support services company has been awarded a Gold EcoVadis medal for sustainability achievement.
The first major FM conference of the year, Workplace Futures, takes place in London on 22 February.
The facilities services group has committed to reaching full-scope net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
A new policy paper from the Institute of Directors sets out a range of ESG priorities for UK companies and organisations.
The latest offering from Fusion21 is a four-year national Decarbonisation Framework.
But a global survey shows that the level of commitment overall could be much higher.
The Ipswich-headquartered FM business is committed to making environmental, economic and socially responsible purchasing decisions.
The FM group has passed its target to convert 30% of its fleet to zero emission electric vehicles three months ahead of schedule.
Large and medium-sized organisations cite improving sustainability as one of the three biggest challenges they face.
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.
The sustainable FM group’s ‘bitesize webinar’ series returns for 2022 next week.
Research from Veolia suggests that less than a third of UK businesses have a strategy for reaching carbon neutrality, despite growing environmental concerns.
Students from 10 universities across the UK have participated in a virtual Dragon's Den-style competition.
Research indicates that 9 in 10 buildings in the UK and Ireland must be digitally retrofitted to achieve net zero by 2050.
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.
An Institute of Directors’ poll finds companies ready to work towards net zero but looking to government for financial support and guidance.
The UK Green Building Council has published a framework to support local authorities to measure the impacts and wider benefits of building retrofit.
Leaders of the CBI, the TUC and major green groups have called on the government to implement the Glasgow climate pact.
Results of a global survey show that sustainability is now the top global business investment priority.
The FM group has won high praise for its sustainability performance in recent days.
The group’s Europe business is part of a winning consortium involving 47 partners from 15 countries.
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 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.
The survey is part of the development work for social value delivery guidance targeted at built environment practitioners.
A new guide to decarbonising public sector buildings and creating a net zero public estate has been launched by the Cabinet Office.
Businesses in the food service sector will not achieve carbon net zero goals without urgently turning their attention to the issue of food waste.
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.
The top performing sustainable FM providers will be revealed at the end of this month.
Property services group JLL is advocating a change in the regulations to encourage energy efficiency.
Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital has appointed the DMA Group to design and deliver energy saving measures across its site in East Sussex.
Wates FM and property group JLL have received a silver International Green Apple Environmental Award.
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.
According to new research, the majority of built environment professionals believe the sector is already doing enough to tackle its carbon impact.
UK firms are failing to back their net zero promises with effective measurement according to a report commissioned by IWFM.
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.
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.
New research by Savills identifies the scale of the challenge facing the UK’s real estate sector in achieving net zero.
The soft services provider has won the Partners in Sustainability: Large Estates award, alongside Network Rail High Speed, at the PFM Partnership Awards 2021.
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.
New survey results indicate that companies are not moving fast enough on developing policies and putting them into action. Nor is the government.
The facilities services provider has teamed up with environmental consultancy RSK Group to support its journey to net zero.
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.
The climate conference will need to prioritise decarbonising buildings to achieve wider climate change goals.
Amey has joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Campaign, the global movement of leading companies working to limit temperature rise.
Only half of UK mid-market businesses have a net zero strategy in place, according to research from Grant Thornton.
Two of BAM FM’s PFI contracts have achieved recognition in the latest GRESB assessments of infrastructure management and performance.
The partnership will support NHS Trusts in developing and implementing decarbonisation strategies for their sites.
The world's largest food services group has announced a commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
New independent research has found more than half of senior executives predicting double-digit spend increases in 2022.
Sodexo has laid out its comprehensive roadmap to net zero and decarbonisation of its UK and Ireland business.
The FM group is partnering with Sustainable Development Capital LLP, an investment firm specialising in energy efficiency and decentralised energy generation.
The Compass Group’s Welsh business has announced a new three-year partnership with the Welsh charity, Llamau.
ENGIE’s services operations have been awarded a Platinum EcoVadis medal for the second year running.
The guidance is designed specifically to drive up the sustainability of new commercial buildings.
The FM group has been named a Business Champion for the Construct Zero Performance Framework.
The services group reports that it has reduced plastic and CO2 waste by 97% across its cleaning operations.
ENGIE’s services division has installed 85 free-to-use electric vehicle chargers, working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
EcoSync, a dynamic energy management platform that adapts temperature control to changing occupancy levels, has attracted substantial new investment.
The world-leading energy rating scheme for UK offices is ready for use.
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.
Methven UK will help to raise awareness of water management and identify the value that FM can bring to this increasing risk area.
New measures requiring businesses bidding for major government contracts to commit to achieving net zero emissions have come into force.
A group of forward-thinking global corporations are using their collective purchasing power to open up their supply chains to European social enterprises.
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.
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.
The property services group has announced its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
The soft services provider has been awarded silver status for sustainability by EcoVadis.
The outsourced services group is putting in place a series of measures, including making all meetings screen-based by default.
The Supply Chain Sustainability School is leading an initiative that will see the UK’s built environment sector drastically reduce onsite emissions.
The team will drive its environmental, social and community goals, says the facilities services group.
BoltON packages offer simple solutions designed to support Britain’s decarbonisation, the company says.
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.
The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Siemens, has set its sights on the benefits of a series of new technologies.
Attention on environmental, social and governance issues is ‘incredibly high’ amongst mid-market business leaders in the UK.
Sustainability Tool has launched a carbon calculator in partnership with the Supply Chain Sustainability School.
Almost one third of mid-market businesses say they face a high risk of losing business if they fail to act on ESG issues.
The built environment is going in the right direction, but it is still not moving fast enough to decarbonise building stock.
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.
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.
The British Army is going green, with the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at military sites across the south of England.
The facilities management group has announced its plans for achieving a net zero estate by 2025.
Energy performance in commercial real estate is improving but has some way to go to meet upcoming targets.
Specialist Window Cleaning, a part of the Incentive FM group, has become the UK’s first national carbon neutral window cleaning company.
Waste management and recycling specialist Axil Integrated Services is calling on British manufacturers to reassess their strategies.
The construction to services company is working with Lloyds Banking Group to pioneer sustainable technologies for the transition to net zero carbon.
Insurance, pensions and investment company Royal London has seen the first 10 EV charge points installed at its office in Alderley Park.
The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation inviting industry feedback on its Whole Life Carbon Roadmap draft proposals.
The engineering services company has set itself the target of replacing 98% of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2025.
The SFMI is partnering with BAM FM to develop guidance on accurate measuring and reporting of emissions.
The three-year partnership will see the family-owned construction to services business support a green recovery in Scotland.
Embracing technology to monitor emissions and act on real-time data positions FM teams to achieve real change.
Asset management has traditionally been seen as the responsibility of facilities managers, but that can be limiting.
MIPIM is the world’s largest real estate conference, holding something for nearly all stakeholders across the built environment,
Companies across all sectors talk about being ‘green' and ‘sustainable’, but this is truly a case of actions speaking louder than words.
The electric vehicle market is booming. Is this a market opportunity for the FM sector as solution providers, customers, or both?
What should facilities managers know about cargo bikes? Do you let them into your building, do you use them to help decarbonise the workplace?
The government’s latest Net Zero Review warned that delaying decarbonisation is a risk to UK jobs, infrastructure and investment.
Daniel Ratcliffe examines why governance is a crucial factor in a facilities manager’s ESG strategy, and why it should not be minimised or missed out.
Empty net zero promises do not just threaten the reputation, legitimacy and long-term interests of businesses but the survival of our planet.
Purpose-driven corporate leaders seeking buy-in for a sustainable business plan often run into objections that are based on outdated information and outright falsehoods.
There has been a rise recently in companies beginning to look at their wider emissions footprint, fuelled by increased scrutiny of emission disclosures.
According to the Meteorological Office, 2022 is predicted to be one of the hottest years ever recorded.
There are about 30 million buildings in the UK which, in total, are responsible for around 30% of our national emissions, giving buildings an integral role in the UK’s decarbonisation challenge.
Now more than ever, businesses are facing serious pressure from all angles to reduce their carbon footprint, whether it be from their own staff and customers, or via new legislation.
April’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report offered a slither of hope that we can stave off the worst ravages of climate breakdown.
Reports that we might miss out on net zero carbon targets as a country have served as an alert for all industries to do better, including the commercial property industry.
Whether you're using an outsourced cleaning company or staying wholly in-house, there’s a lot to consider when you're going eco-friendly. Hannah Wilson explains.
The world is at a tipping point for climate change. COP26 showed that governments cannot take on the fight alone.
Steve Rainbow explores how an effective building management system removes the age-old question of when to tinker with the thermostat.
COP26 has been big news for weeks, but the TV screens didn’t do it justice. It was vast.
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?
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.
‘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’.
Calls for significant and meaningful action to combat climate change have certainly intensified over the past decade.
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?
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.
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.
Facilities managers are under pressure to re-open offices safely, but the stakes could not be higher. So how can technology help?
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.
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.
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.
Sienna Emanuel explores the real meaning of social value and what it means for FMs and their service providers.
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.
Caroline Hutchins outlines what best practice should look like when it comes to implementing green measures.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Williams reports on energy management initiatives introduced on the Defence National Training Estate.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are compelling business benefits for the FM sector in engaging with the waste and resource efficiency agenda.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was originally designed to provide incentives for companies to improve energy efficiency by directly rewarding energy savings.
The catering industry needs to feed its next generation with knowledge, argues Mike Mellor.
Research into carbon reduction needs and strategies at UK universities has produced insights that apply to all large organisations.
Britain's schools, much like the economy in general, are currently in a tough financial position.
Frank Logan looks at some of the new drivers that will change business-as-usual forever.
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.
The British Library has implemented new recycling and waste reduction strategies, increasing recycling to 70% and reducing waste by 18%.
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.
Despite an ever-increasing number of 'green' campaigns, and the associated greenwash, innovation is the key to true long-term sustainability.
Facilities managers should be shifting their emphasis towards a more long-term environmental focus.
Facilities managers are in the driving seat when it comes to achieving substantial reductions in carbon emissions.
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.
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.
The Environment Agency has started writing to organisations who may qualify under the Carbon Reduction Commitment rules.
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.
Reducing carbon emissions is moving up the agenda. This can mean significant operational savings, too.
FM has a critical role to play in meeting the goals of the sustainability agenda.
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.
The need for talent skilled in sustainable offerings is ever-growing as governments and businesses face up to change.
Diane Gillies explains how Amey is helping to set out a sustainable vision for Scotland’s school estates.
Corporate sustainability enables businesses to demonstrate that their operations facilitate economic and sustainable growth.
Experience matters. To employees, businesses and customers. But positive experiences don’t emerge because of a new-fangled tool or a buzzword-filled communication strategy.
The journey to net zero requires the right strategy to get there. Paul de Kock looks at what this means for businesses and their FM teams.
The UK’s new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard comes into play in just over six months. Property owners and occupiers need to be aware.
A few months ago, the ex-chancellor promised to make Britain the ‘world’s first net zero-aligned financial centre’.
Many organisations assume that ESG is solely to do with reducing carbon emissions and, yes, this is a key element of good practice. But it is not the only one.
Environmental, social and governance issues are increasingly important across the commercial and public sectors. But there is still some misunderstanding in certain areas of compliance. Gordon Whyte makes the case for action.
Organisations are placing increasing importance on their environmental, social and governance strategies. How should FM react?
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.
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?
‘Build back better’ has become one of the defining slogans of the past year. It needs actioning.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Nowadays sustainability is an ingrained business practice and nearly every organisation has green policies in place to reduce its impact on the environment.
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.
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.
Making sustainability a key feature at every level of the supply chain is probably easier than you think, and is a definite win-win.
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.
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."