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Weakening regulations undermine climate goals

Shifting government policy looks like a risk factor for decarbonisation targets.

Time and cost slowing down sustainability progress

The work involved in reporting is hampering progress towards goals.

Who you gonna call?

Mears, if you need mobile surveying to support housing sustainability goals.

Businesses looking for support on net zero

Majority of UK businesses want greater government support to help meet targets.

Climate action: good or bad for shareholders?

There is an argument in the business world that targeting spend on emissions reductions diminishes shareholder returns. FT research suggests that’s not the case.

Mears explores net zero challenge in housing sector

Report looks at the scale of the opportunity and the challenge facing the UK housing sector.

EMCOR launches Carbon Transformation solution

The new service offer comes in response to evolving market trends and customer needs, the company says.

SFMI recruiting partners for Scope 3 project

The Sustainable Facilities Management Index aims to expand its partnership to build on the work already achieved.

SBTi approval for Churchill targets

Near-term GHG emissions reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Sodexo named level 3 NHS Evergreen Supplier

The Evergreen Assessment is an NHS initiative designed to support net zero and wider sustainability objectives.

UK business: sustainability stress and legislation lethargy

New survey finds worrying trends emerging in two critical action areas.

Lease markets: pressure grows for green buildings

The next two years will be a critical time for corporate occupiers looking for real estate that supports their carbon commitments.

Energy-efficient property leads the market

Energy-efficient assets showed stronger investment performance across all sectors in 2023.

Could retrofit finance be the answer?

There is a huge CO2 emissions reduction opportunity for commercial buildings, says a specialist.

Policymakers act on decarbonising buildings

Two significant moves in recent days throw more weight behind climate change mitigation efforts.

Tackling carbon reduction in the landscape sector

New report looks at the action the sector is taking and how landscape can provide solutions more widely.

Mitie launches new carbon reduction service

Emissions Intelligence aims to empower organisations to be more confident in their emissions reporting and to improve their efficiency and transparency.

UKGBC targets more rigorous carbon reduction

Latest UK Green Building Council guidance aims to build greater accuracy and clarity of Scope 3 emissions reporting.

Compass reveals emissions reduction progress

Industry-first reporting shows what it takes to decarbonise its £multi-billion business, group says.

New report looks at the changing energy landscape

Produced by an industry specialist, it features insights from energy experts across FM and property organisations.

Net zero driving business transformation

UK CEOs are recognising the disruptive force that climate change will be for their business.

FM overlooked in energy and carbon plans

Facilities management professionals are insufficiently involved in organisations’ plans around energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

Climate Group teams up to launch a ‘renovation revolution’

The climate and energy non-profit is underlining the need to upgrade millions of buildings every year to meet 2050 net zero goals.

Churchill marks SFMI Rising Star award

The award follows Churchill’s third assessment by the sustainability benchmarking initiative.

Veolia exploring carbon capture

Feasibility study highlights potential of the technology to produce sustainable fuels using energy recovery facilities.

Sodexo scoops CDP A rating

Sodexo is one of just 346 top-rated companies in the CDP climate ranking out of 21,000 scored.

Environmental leadership recognition for Mitie

The FM group has been awarded a place on CDP’s ‘A List’, signifying best-in-class carbon reporting and environmental management.

BCIS launches cost and carbon materials database

The first-of-its-kind database will help the built environment sector make better informed decisions for budgets and the environment.

Industry looking for embodied carbon regulation

As the UK prepares for an eventual election, industry bodies are increasingly calling on parties to make manifesto commitments.

Retrofit: significant opportunities being missed

So argues the UK Green Building Council, which has issued new guidance to support action.

Can owners and occupiers work together?

Progress on the decarbonisation of real estate is being held back by a lack of collaboration.

Reconomy’s net zero targets validated

The circular economy specialist has achieved SBTi approval.

Veolia finds a new way to give back

A world-first vehicle-to-grid innovation will enable waste collection trucks to feed back stored energy from their batteries.

Ground Control secures net zero targets approval

Commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2038 has been validated by SBTi.

EMCOR UK confirms SFMI gold

In its first assessment by the Sustainable Facilities Management Index the company has received a Gold Award.

SFMI releases Scope 3 framework

The framework is designed to empower FM providers and in-house FM teams to accurately measure and reduce their carbon footprint.

Net zero: Mitie report offers insights for 2024

Group’s Net Zero Navigator 2024 includes nine key decarbonisation predictions for the year ahead.

2024: the year of retrofit

That should be the government’s focus for this year, says BESA.

Sodexo ahead of schedule on net zero

As it publishes its annual net zero progress report, the company confirms it is running ahead of milestones on its 2040 roadmap.

Decarbonisation: progress is too slow

The built environment must decarbonise nearly twice as fast by 2025, says UKGBC analysis.

SBTi validation for ISS targets

Near-term emissions reduction targets at the facilities services group validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Decarbonisation: smarter buildings are key

Survey finds most businesses saying they are on track to meet goals, but overall the pace needs accelerating.

Most UK businesses unprepared for energy disruption

The path to reaching net zero targets may not be all smooth sailing.

SFMI assessments reveal focus on wellbeing and retention

The 2023 Sustainable Facilities Management Index has uncovered significant trends shaping the future of FM.

Nottingham Trent launches retrofit centre

The University is investing £1.5m into developing skills, research, training and consultancy.

Amey helps courts drive down carbon

Amey is reporting a 30% reduction in carbon consumption for Avon & Somerset Courts.

Net zero: progress, but big challenges remain

The UK is almost halfway to net zero but the hardest part is yet to come, says new KPMG report.

Energy-efficient assets deliver better returns

More incentive to ‘go green’, as CBRE reports the results of its inaugural Sustainability Index.

New waste management solution for NHS

NHS Shared Business Services has launched its inaugural Sustainable Healthcare Recycling & Waste Management framework agreement.

New research to plug net zero data gap

Lack of data is one of the biggest barriers to decarbonising buildings.

Sodexo sets net zero supplier deadline

Sodexo UK & Ireland will only work with suppliers demonstrably on the road to next zero from January 2030.

Sodexo creates community of practice

The new group is bringing together sustainability heads from leading organisations to be change-makers.

UKGBC planning roadmap for climate change resilience

The roadmap will set metrics to help measure climate resilience, establish priorities and industry-wide targets, and pinpoint actions to achieve them.

RICS launches built environment manifesto

Timed to coincide with party conference season, the document is titled Empowering a Sustainable Future.

Data: key to decarbonising the built environment

The industry must not let up on its commitment to reduce its impact on climate change.

Professional bodies weigh in on climate policy

More than a dozen bodies have backed a statement expressing concerns about net zero policy changes planned by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

CBRE targets supply chain emissions

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

Global edition of RICS carbon standard out

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

Net zero: UK nations need to work together

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

Green Property Alliance sharpens focus on commercial sector

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

Flexspace: sustainability index launched

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

ISS partners on carbon reduction

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

Research questions net zero progress

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

New energy procurement advice

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

RSK teams up with Cardiff Rugby on sustainability

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

NatWest partners on retrofit learning

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

Rye hospital first to achieve carbon neutrality

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

Graham appointed on DfE pilot programme

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

Amey supporting MoJ net zero goals

The services group is leading on a smart meter installation project across 36 prison sites.

BESA backs call on retrofit recruitment

The Building Engineering Services Association has called for a major injection of planning and funding into addressing skill shortages.

FM missing from whole-building carbon assessments

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

Wates joins forces to boost retrofit

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

UKGBC guidance on carbon offsetting and pricing

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

MPs worry about lack of green plan

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

NEC Group slashes carbon emissions

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

Call for action on retrofitting

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

Net zero standard out for consultation

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

Schools: a whole-building concept for sustainability

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

Carbon offsetting: trouble on the horizon

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

Net zero: Edinburgh turns to Turner & Townsend

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

No action on emissions for a third of businesses

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

Net zero: BSI research finds SME opportunities

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

Retrofit crisis looms

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

Sustainability: regulatory updates and the impact on FM

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

Mitie offers advice on net zero challenges

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

Kimberly-Clark moves towards 100% green energy

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

Climate crisis: built environment can deliver viable solutions

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

Green leases: collaboration is essential

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

UKGBC joins Energy Efficiency Taskforce

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

Getting serious: carbon targets in executive pay

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

NHS England publishes net zero standard

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

Data-sharing key to decarbonisation

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

BCO guidance on greener and healthier offices

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

BESA urges clarity on energy policy

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

Property looks to accelerate decarbonisation

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

Sodexo slashes carbon emissions

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

BAM unveils new sustainability strategy

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

Mitie offers decarbonisation predictions

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

Cloudfm sets 2035 net zero target 

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

EMCOR partners to help with net zero

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

NG Bailey confirms SBTi approval

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

Scope 3 emissions: moving up the agenda

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

Net zero: ‘alarming lack of progress’

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

Risk of stranded assets looms

Savills has joined the growing ranks of property advisors warning on the potential impact of new energy standards.

GSH Group verified as carbon neutral

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

Morgan Sindall offers decarbonisation tool

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

Biffa argues for ‘waste net zero’

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

How to save energy

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

BCO warns on net zero targets

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

SFMI assessments reveal Scope 3 focus

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

NG Bailey net zero targets validated

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

Arcus launches net zero plan

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

Wates and Lloyds looking for next-gen innovation

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

Retrofitting: UKGBC launches decarbonising project

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

Rising energy costs driving retrofitting

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

Equans helping to fund net zero start-ups

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

Novus grows decarbonisation business

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

Ecoserv scoops sustainability award

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

Net zero standard call for evidence

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

Business bodies call for net zero support

Two associations have responded to the government’s Net Zero Review by underscoring the need for leadership and support.

Pinnacle publishes net zero plan

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

Industry calls for sustainable building task force

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

Hospitality industry aims for net zero

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

SFMI moves forward on Scope 3 carbon tool

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

BAM targets net zero in UK & I by 2026

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

Net zero group names leader

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

Envirovue appointed on carbon neutral waste deal

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

Compass: sustainable bonds to progress net zero

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

BESA backs circular economy strategy

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

Climate action plan highlights engineers’ role

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

Mitie appointed to CEF framework

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

BAM underlines value of Scope 3 guidance

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

Circular economy essential to net zero

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

CIWM launches action on climate emergency

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

EQUANS unveils enhanced net zero target

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

Magenta Security achieves carbon zero early

The Hounslow-based security services provider has been certified as achieving Carbon Zero status three years ahead of schedule.

SFMI: a chance to shape the future

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

Companies must cut carbon quickly

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

Manufacturing struggles with net zero

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

Demand Logic to roll out carbon cutting tech

The proptech firm has closed a new funding round, pulling in investment to back growth and development.

NHS Property Services publishes Green Plan

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

Carbon standard launched

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

Property groups backing climate action

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

Rising costs drive focus on carbon reduction

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

Net zero: expect more local regulation

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

Industry bodies to develop net zero standard

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

Pushing forward the retrofit argument

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

UEL partners with Siemens to deliver net zero

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

Defining net zero

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

Workplace Futures: conference white paper available now

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

Pinnacle unveils sustainability commitment 

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

Workplace Futures 2022: slides and videos available

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

Sustainability consulting market on the rise

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

Industry warns on net-zero skills

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

JLL secures international workplace deal

Standard Chartered Bank has appointed the firm to support workplace and workforce transformation and net zero carbon commitments.

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.

Buildings require billions to reach climate targets

To meet climate change commitments, building stock investment must be three times higher than the current rate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New buildings must cut carbon by 30%

New buildings in England will have to produce significantly less CO2 under new rules announced by the government to help the country move towards net zero.

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.

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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Climate tech investment: the benefits

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

Net zero: more action needed now

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

Steps to real net zero success

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

Scope 3: consequences and solutions for FM

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

FM holds the key to net zero carbon

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

Going green: from old to bold

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

Keep your energy bill in check

How to protect your business from unexpected energy price changes is going to be a serious issue in 2022. Pradyumna Pandit offers insights and advice.

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.

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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Retrofit goals: modern asset management is critical

As the world increasingly focuses on sustainability, carbon retrofit initiatives have become crucial for reducing carbon footprints and fighting climate change.

Delivering energy-efficiency retrofits

To deliver effective energy-saving retrofits, FM professionals need to implement the most suitable solutions for their buildings. Stewart Little explains.

Navigating the transition to renewable energy

The transition to renewable energy is fundamental to the UK’s net zero 2050 commitment, writes Richard Henderson.

Time for FM to become the sustainability vanguard

There is a real opportunity for FMs to drive the sustainability agenda and its implementation across the organisation.

Lessons learned for a greener future

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

Net zero: positioning FM for success

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

Following the ESG ‘rule of three’ for achieving outcomes

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

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.