Major property companies sign up to net zero commitment

To mark the start of World Green Building Week 2020, the World Green Building Council has unveiled the latest signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

This commitment challenges signatories to achieve net zero carbon in operation for all building areas under their direct control by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050.

The latest UKGBC member signatories to the Commitment are:

• AECOM (UK & Ireland), global infrastructure consultancy;

• Argent LLP, major property developer;

• Grainger plc, one of the UK’s largest professional landlords;

• GreengageEnvironmental Ltd,sustainability consultancy;

• Hoare Lea LLP, leading engineering consultancy;

•  Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), global commercial real estate services company;

• Lendlease Europe, a leading international property and infrastructure group; and

• SOM(Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) one of the world’s largest architectural firms.

These firms join other UKGBC membersMott MacDonald and Tritax Big Boxwho were announced last month as the commitment reached the 100 signatories mark, globally. A full list of organisations that have signed the commitment is available on WorldGBC’s website.

Julie Hirigoyen (pictured), chief executive at UKGBC, said: “It is fantastic to see these industry heavyweights rise to the climate emergency challenge and step up their ambition. The theme for this year’s World Green Building Week, ‘Act On Climate’, couldn’t be more appropriate as the need to tackle the climate crisis is brought into ever sharper focus. We look forward to working together with these UKGBC members to help them put this Commitment into practice and accelerate the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.”

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