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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mitie to champion Construct Zero programme

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

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.

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.

CBRE commits to net zero

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

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.

Free carbon calculator for supply chains

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

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.

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.

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.

Local government and net zero: more to be done

Central government has not provided local authorities with clarity about their roles in achieving net zero by 2050, and its approach to funding their net zero work is piecemeal.

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.

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.

UKGBC seeks views on verification of net zero

A new survey invites feedback on market drivers, expectations and characteristics for a potential net zero carbon buildings verification scheme.

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.

Demand Logic backs up London development

The software company has been appointed to support net zero targets on a major central London site.

Compass names net zero leader

Compass Group UK & Ireland has followed up its public commitment to reaching net zero by 2030 with the creation of a new director-level role.

Cenergist partners on decarbonisation project

Leeds City Council has selected the energy and water services company to provide support in delivering a £14m carbon reduction upgrade.

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.

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.

Cambridgeshire names Bouygues as net zero partner

Bouygues Energies & Services and energy company SSE Enterprise are teaming up to deliver a range of services for the county council.

WRAP: a different perspective on the net zero journey

The environmental charity argues that focusing exclusively on energy is only half of the solution to tackling climate change associated with carbon emissions.

Government publishes vision for decarbonisation

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

Call for views on energy rating policy

Central government is seeking views on proposals to introduce a national performance-based policy framework for rating the energy and carbon performance of large buildings.

Veolia added to net zero framework

The company has qualified for all four lots of the ETL Net Zero Carbon Delivery Framework.

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.

Wates opens innovation portal

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

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.

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 added to net zero framework

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

More on cutting carbon from UKGBC

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

Bouygues E&S named for zero carbon services

Bouygues Energies & Services has been selected as a preferred contractor on a new zero carbon framework.

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.

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.

JLL signs workplace deal with BP

JLL is to provide workplace and real estate solutions to support the oil and gas group's transformation and net zero carbon ambitions.

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.

ENGIE targets zero carbon for South Somerset

South Somerset District Council has contracted ENGIE to develop a net zero carbon roadmap.

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.

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.

BMS too often overlooked in carbon strategies

Many property professionals are not fully aware of the carbon reduction capabilities offered by their building management systems.

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.

Firms short on green skills

Seven in 10 engineering services businesses say they currently do not have enough competent employees to undertake low to no carbon work.

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.

Here East partnership targets energy reductions

The East London business innovation campus has teamed up with a software specialist to focus on reducing energy consumption.

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.

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.

Mitie names new MD

Pradyumna Pandit has been appointed to the newly created role of Managing Director of Sustainability and Energy Services.

Mitie launches zero carbon energy service

Zero Carbon for Zero Cost is a new programme intended to help businesses drive a green lockdown recovery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ENGIE to supply green gas for Heathrow

The energy and services company has struck a deal with Heathrow Airport to replace natural gas with 100% green biomethane.

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.

Veolia cutting carbon at Rotherham Hospital

The resource management company's specialist energy performance contracting team is working to save money and cut carbon emissions at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. 

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.

Rugeley plans smart energy system

An ENGIE-led consortium will create the design of a Smart Local Energy System that will demonstrate how carbon and energy costs can be reduced for residents of the Staffordshire town.

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.

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.

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

Electric vehicles: an uphill fight

With the UK government backing a shift to zero-emission vehicles, a new survey has found mixed views on the switch to electric amongst UK office workers.

Councils unsure of their carbon footprints

Almost half of local authorities in England do not know their own carbon footprint, according to a freedom of information request from engineering services trade body ECA.

Companies spending £60m on wasted energy

Energy being wasted every year by a few thousand office buildings across five UK cities could power over 100,000 homes.

ENGIE launches Newcastle energy centre

ENGIE has launched a high-profile new carbon-reduction district energy centre in partnership with Newcastle City Council.

Veolia delivers Total Fitness

Resource management company Veolia is helping the health and fitness chain achieve a 32% reduction in gas consumption using combined heat and power across 17 facilities in the north of England and Wales.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CBI calls for decade of action on climate change

The run up to the COP26 meeting in the UK must be used by the next government to kick-start ambitious and focused action to tackle the climate emergency.

Wakefield teams up with ENGIE for zero carbon

Following its declaration of a climate emergency, Wakefield Council has commissioned the energy and services group to help achieve its target of becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030.

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.

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.

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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.

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’.

Achieving net zero in a post-lockdown environment

Last summer, as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, carbon emissions fell by over 10% compared to 2019, as offices, shops and leisure centres were forced to close.

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 meters smarter with AI

Bjoern Reinke outlines how businesses can use new technologies to become safer, greener and more competitive.

Is your business fleet doing enough to reach zero carbon?

The vehicles on our roads have a major role to play in achieving the government’s zero carbon targets. Emissions from vehicles are significant contributors to air pollution and climate change. The experts at ENGIE explain.

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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.