BBP Announces Three New Signatories To Its Groundbreaking Climate Commitment

Looking up at a towering glass building against a blue sky The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) has announced three new signatories to the BBP Climate Commitment. Helical, Picton and Savills Investment Management bring the total number of property owners that have signed the groundbreaking Commitment to 33, covering over £380bn Assets Under Management (AUM) worldwide.

On signing the Commitment, organisations are required to publish a net zero carbon pathway for their portfolio including direct and indirect investments, together with a delivery plan. The Commitment covers new and existing buildings, Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and both operational and embodied carbon, making it one of the most ambitious climate commitments for property owners.

Signatories also commit to disclosing the energy performance of their portfolios and developing comprehensive climate resilience strategies. To support signatories, the BBP has published a Net Zero Carbon Pathway Framework, operates Net Zero Carbon and Climate Resilience Working Groups and has established an Owner and Occupier Forum to enable BBP members to share knowledge and develop guidance that can be made available to the wider industry.

Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership said: “We are delighted to be welcoming three new signatories to the BBP Climate Commitment. The Commitment is both comprehensive and challenging, with the aim of driving large-scale market transformation. All of the signatories, including Helical, Picton and Savills IM should be acknowledged for the exceptional leadership that they are demonstrating, not only in committing to net zero, but also in setting out their plans for delivering on their targets.”

Matthew Bonning-Snook, Property Director and Chair of Sustainability Committee, Helical plc said: “We are pleased to become a signatory to the BBP Climate Commitment and join our fellow peers in tackling carbon emissions within the built environment. Our Net Zero Carbon pathway sets out our ambition to become net zero by 2030 for both operational and embodied carbon emissions. Furthermore, we are also committing to delivering all future developments as net zero carbon at the point of practical completion. Our pathway details the steps we need to take to become net zero and will be instrumental in helping us achieve this.” – Matthew Bonning-Snook, Property Director and Chair of Sustainability Committee.”

Michael Morris, CEO, Picton said: “Whilst we have been measuring and reducing emissions since 2016, we now have a longer term comprehensive and transparent plan to achieve net zero carbon, ten years ahead of the target set by the UK Government. We are pleased to have also become a signatory to the Better Building’s Partnership Climate Commitment and would encourage other owners of real estate to do the same, to ensure as an industry we do the right thing, collaborate and deliver a sustainable future for all our stakeholders.”

Alex Jeffrey, Global Chief Executive, Savills IM said: “Savills IM is proud to become a signatory of the BBP Climate Commitment. Our Net Zero Carbon pathway outlines our commitment to reduce global carbon emissions to net zero by 2040 with a clear aspiration to become a restorative real estate business. We understand the challenges that we will face to achieve this aspiration, acknowledging that collaboration with occupiers, the wider industry and government will drive success. Promoting and implementing ESG as part of our investment framework is central to our responsibility towards investors, clients, employees, and the wider community.”