Better Buildings Partnership Owner-Occupier Forum - Call for Interest

13/12/2019

The BBP is inviting major corporate occupiers to collaborate with them in a ground-breaking new owner-occupier forum on sustainability issues.

Initiated as part of the BBP's Climate Commitment published earlier this year, this Forum will seek to bring together senior real-estate decision makers to collaborate with the objective of delivering net zero carbon buildings by 2050.

The BBP’s Climate commitment, signed by 24 CEOs and CIOs and covering over £300bn of Assets Under Management (AUM) acknowledged that with as much as 70% of a buildings’ emissions attributable to occupiers activities their commitment to tackle climate change cannot be delivered without closer collaboration. 

One of the greatest challenges in achieving net zero carbon buildings lies in the relationship between owners and occupiers; whilst they have zero carbon targets in common, a series of institutional, technical & legal barriers have made progress challenging.  The owner-occupier forum will enable owners and occupiers to tackle these barriers by creating strategic alliances, and share knowledge to scale up action across portfolios. The BBP is collaborating with several major stakeholder bodies to encourage occupier participation in the Forum including: The Climate Group, the Hospitality Carbon Reduction Forum, CoreNet Global UK Chapter and the Innovation Gateway.

The BBP is inviting Board members & Property Directors of occupiers to contact BBP CEO Sarah Ratcliffe directly by​ the end of January 2020: s.ratcliffe@betterbuildingspartnership.co.uk

“The BBP has long been advocating greater owner-occupier collaboration to improve the sustainability performance of assets, but if we are to scale-up action at the pace required to deliver real impact, we need to tackle the industry-wide issues that still prevail. We are excited to be launching this new Forum for leaders from real estate owners and occupiers and hope that this will enable them to reap the environmental, social and financial benefits of collaborative action to deliver net zero carbon buildings.” Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO of the Better Buildings Partnership
“We are delighted to be working with BBP to drive greater owner-occupier collaboration, improving the ability of organisations to access and adopt impactful innovations, for a more sustainable built environment. Nurturing the dialogue between owners and occupiers is critical to address the climate challenge ahead, and help unlock the potential to transform the performance of buildings at scale, for our Partners and the sector. Truly, the Power of Many.” Henry Majed, Partnership Director, Innovation Gateway
"We’re delighted to be part of this initiative to bring together real estate owners and occupiers to remove any barriers to carbon reduction through better design and removing any operational barriers.  This will enable the owners of real estate and occupiers to achieve their carbon net zero goals collaboratively." Mark Chapman, Chair of the Hospitality Carbon Reduction Forum
"The CoreNet Global UK Chapter are pleased to support this great initiative. Sustainability can only truly be improved through collaboration between occupiers and landlords." Sam Pickering, President, CoreNet Global

The Better Buildings Partnership

The Better Buildings Partnership is a collaboration of the UK’s leading property owners who work together to improve the sustainability of the UK’s existing commercial buildings. Our aim is to enable market transformation through sustainability leadership and knowledge sharing across the property industry.

CoreNet Global

CoreNet Global is a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), representing more than 11,000 executives in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations. The organization’s mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, designations and networking in 46 local chapters and networking groups globally.

Innovation Gateway

The Innovation Gateway is an alliance of organisations working in partnership to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of their buildings; through innovations in energy, waste, water, productivity and wellbeing.

The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an international non-profit, founded with the goal of accelerating climate action. The organization brings together powerful networks of businesses and governments, shifting global markets and policies towards the goal of a world with no more than 1.5 degrees of global warming.

The Hospitality Sector Carbon Reduction Forum

The forum is an industry body established for hospitality companies to develop and implement a roadmap to net zero carbon emissions. Quarterly meetings enable members to share practical measures to reduce carbon emissions from energy, waste and water consumption. The group focuses on both the behavioural and structural changes that are necessary to bring about improved performance and an annual benchmark helps members create an action plan to reduce emissions.