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Manchester firm leads property ‘net-zero’ commitment

Manchester-headquartered Bruntwood is the first commercial property partner of a new national green building programme that aims to lead the transition to a ‘net-zero carbon’ built environment.

Manchester-headquartered Bruntwood is the first commercial property partner of a new national green building programme that aims to lead the transition to a ‘net-zero carbon’ built environment. 

The Advancing Net Zero programme is being led by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) in partnership with a range of leading construction and property companies. The aim is to bring together businesses, policymakers and industry bodies to build consensus on a way forward for new building standards.

The programme forms the UK part of a global campaign by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) to ensure all new buildings to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030, and all existing buildings to meet this standard by 2050. 

On 18 October, Bruntwood - which owns a number of leading commercial properties in Greater Manchester and beyond - became the first UK commercial property firm to join the programme.

‘Step change in efforts’

Bev Taylor, director of energy and environment at Bruntwood, said: “We're delighted to be announced as the first commercial property partner to join the Net Zero Carbon Commitment, and are dedicated to achieving a zero carbon future. Although sustainability has always been a huge part of our approach, this pledge represents a step change in our efforts to reduce our environmental impact and we hope to inspire, encourage and support others to do the same.

“In addition to today's commitment, we will also become an accredited Gold Standard Low Carbon Company and achieve the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard which showcases our longer term ambitions as a carbon conscious company.”

Bruntwood made the news earlier this year after its Manchester Science Park development installed one of the most advanced commercial energy storage solutions available to help the site use renewable energy.