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Historic buildings can lead the charge on #ClimateAction – read how policy reform, backed by more skills & funding,… https://t.co/P9rQ4Yf4sm

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Government requires companies to commit to net zero to bid for contracts over £5m. But what does that mean for busi… https://t.co/he2MIU4amG

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Government requires companies to commit to net zero to bid for contracts over £5m. Find out more about the policy… https://t.co/OcxTqmsQkA

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Government requires companies to commit to net zero to bid for contracts over £5m

The Cabinet Office has recently launched guidance in the form of a Public Policy Note (PPN 06/211) and related guidance on taking account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts. It applies to all Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies, where the value of services is anticipated to exceed £5m per annum. It comes into effect from 30 September 2021. Read

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Calling all real estate investors, managers and occupiers: your views sought in survey for Investment Property Forum on net zero

The IPF research aims to provide investors, investment managers, occupiers and other market stakeholders with insights on the challenges and enablers in achieving net zero and the applicability of the wide range of net zero carbon frameworks available today. To inform this research we are very keen to hear from those involved in real estate investment internationally. Read

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IPF commissions investigation into net zero carbon pathways

Transitioning global real estate to net zero carbon emissions represents an unprecedented challenge, which will require exceptional levels of collaboration and alignment around clear and consistent objectives. The IPF Research Programme has commissioned Verco to undertake a study that will set out how this challenge varies between sectors and geographies, as well as to review the extent to which the range of frameworks currently in use can address the issues faced, together with the changes that may be needed to achieve the ideal of net zero carbon buildings Read

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CCL Secure UK achieves impressive 20.5% reduction in their carbon footprint

Verco are delighted to have worked with CCL Secure to set a pathway to carbon neutrality with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2022. Through a combination of investment in the right technology, efficiency improvements and process innovations CCL Secure UK have now made a considerable and impressive 20.5% reduction in their carbon footprint per tonne of product (Scope 1, 2 and 3), against 2018 baseline year, without the need for offsets or market instruments. Verco continues to support their ongoing zero carbon journey. Read

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5 outcomes of an IDR that might surprise you

The Independent Design Review (IDR) is an essential component of the DfP process. Verco’s Greg Waring is one of the 11 members of the expert panel who are accredited to undertake Independent Design Reviews in the UK. Here are Greg's top 5 outcomes an IDR can achieve with an engaged project team: Read

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Value chain engagement accelerates decarbonisation

Increasingly, Corporates are recognising the need for collaboration across their entire value chain in order to meet their ambitious decarbonisation targets. The evolving trend in the requirements from the carbon standards for Corporates to set separate reduction targets Scope 1 and 2 emissions and Scope 3 emissions is unlikely to change. Value chain collaboration will help organisations to reach these targets faster and more effectively. Read

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Verco now offers Independent Design Reviews

Join our webinar presented by Greg Waring, newly appointed to the NABERS UK Independent Design Review panel of experts, to find out how a Design Review could benefit your office development project. Read

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Technology briefings: Find the right fit for your decarbonising pathway

Do you know your options for decarbonising heat? The challenge of decarbonising industrial thermal loads is likely to involve a mixture of efficiency improvements, process changes and new technologies. There are a number of technology types which are being proposed as part of the solution. Find the right fit for your decarbonising pathway with our bite-sized webinar series. Read

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Reduct live: Real-world results from the Reduct Early Adopters Programme

Reduct is Verco’s newly launched AI enabled technology to automate energy management and optimise your factory.  Reduct sits alongside Carbon Desktop (or other corporate energy management platforms) to optimise the systems in your operation.  Our Early Adopter’s programme is well underway and already showing exciting real-world results. Read

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Prove the business case for M&T in your factory at zero cost

Large numbers of engineers running factories understand that M&T will save their business money in the long run but proving the business case puts them into an impossible situation (they need the kit to prove the need for the kit!). We are offering the opportunity to prove the business case (completely free!), using real-time data and the latest technology. Read

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A race to the top- the Better Buildings Partnership's Climate Commitment group set out their pathways to net zero carbon

The UK Better Buildings Partnership’s ‘Climate Commitment’ group – comprising 26 of the world’s largest real estate owners and managers – outlined their individual pathways to achieve net zero carbon across their operations and value chain before 2050. Together these businesses represent the majority of the BBP’s total membership of £240bn in AUM. We have reviewed the pathway documents in detail. In this article we share our reflections on the key themes and the next steps that will see these plans realised. Read

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GRESB guidance update: What you need to know.

GRESB has now released its updated guidance for the 2021 Real Estate Assessment. We advise many of our market-leading Real Estate clients on the GRESB assessments and help them to achieve impressive GRESB ratings each year. Here is our interpretation of the updated guidance: Read

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The SBTI's net zero draft guidance- implications for corporates

The Science-based Targets Initiative (SBTI) are developing the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, due at the end of 2021. Last week (Jan 28th) the SBTI published a draft of the Net Zero Standard Criteria. They are now seeking feedback. In this guide we describe the key points and the implications for corporates interested in the SBTI’s Net Zero designation. Read