BBP Climate Change Commitment

26 Signatories

+£300bn AUM

+11,000 properties

The BBP Climate Change Commitment acknowledges the transformation that is required across the real estate sector to deliver net zero buildings by 2050. The aim of the Commitment is to:

  • leverage collaborative and tangible, strategic action on climate change;
  • increase transparency and accountability enabling the market to operate and compete effectively; and
  • provide clear ‘client’ demand for net zero assets, driving the industry to respond.

The Commitment requires signatories to publish net zero carbon pathways and delivery plans, disclose the energy performance of their assets and develop comprehensive climate resilience strategies. It has an overreaching objective of delivering net zero buildings by 2050 incorporating both direct and indirect investments, operational and embodied carbon and Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. The scope of the commitment makes it one of the most ambitious commitments that property owners can adopt. 

To support signatories, last year the BBP published a Net Zero Carbon Pathway Framework, to effectively support our signatories and encourage greater transparency concerning the scope of property owners’ net zero carbon pathways. The Framework sets out the information that should be included within Net Zero Carbon Pathways, including the investment boundaries, carbon scope and delivery strategies. The BBP also has an ongoing programme of work to support its members on issues including energy use intensity, embodied carbon, renewables and offsetting. The BBP member signatories are leading the industry, sharing knowledge and taking collective action to drive change across the industry.

The BBP Climate Change Commitment provides an important catalyst for change within the sector – any property owner can sign and we actively encourage them to join their peers to amplify the impact of this Commitment.

Climate Change Commitment

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We, the undersigned, make the following commitments:

  • We will each publish our own net zero carbon pathway, in line with the Net Zero Carbon Pathway Framework outlining our trajectory towards net zero carbon new and existing buildings and will address:
    • Operational carbon, critically covering whole building performance including our tenant’s activities.
    • Embodied carbon of development, refurbishment and fit-out works. 
    • In developing our net zero carbon pathways we will follow the principles of the energy hierarchy to ensure effort is focused first on reducing energy demand and improving energy efficiency. To this end, we will support the development of property specific Energy Use Intensity (EUI) targets.
  • We will each annually disclose our progress towards our net zero carbon pathway and in doing so, explain the scope and implementation of this commitment as it relates to our individual business.
  • We will publicly disclose the energy performance of our portfolios, where we have permission to do so, as a minimum at a portfolio level by geography, and ideally at a property level, and support efforts to develop consistent industry performance disclosure and benchmarks.
  • By 2022, we will develop comprehensive climate change resilience strategies for our portfolios and work together to develop consistent industry disclosure on climate change risks in line with industry standards, including the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure.
  • To support the implementation of this commitment, we will work with the BBP to:
    • Develop guidance on net zero carbon pathways for property owners to encourage greater consistency in definitions and boundaries.
    • Develop clear guidance for the industry on the procurement of renewable energy for real estate assets to ensure that any purchasing in the UK creates additional capacity.
    • Convene an ‘owner & occupier’ forum inviting our tenants to challenge property owners and engage with us to improve the performance of the space they occupy in line with our net zero carbon pathways.

Members of the BBP have diverse portfolios with different ownership and leasing structures, management arrangements and occupiers - how we implement these commitments within our businesses will differ. However, it is important to emphasise that we will adopt a ‘comply or explain’ approach to this commitment, with the intention that it will cover as many buildings as possible within our portfolios - the scale of the challenge ahead makes this absolutely imperative.

We see the real estate market’s transition to a low carbon economy as an opportunity to drive innovation, respond to future demands and expectations of our occupiers and investors, and open up new markets for investment in real estate.

To meet these commitments will require unprecedented collaboration across the industry. We therefore also call upon:

  • All our stakeholders (e.g. investors, occupiers, architects, engineers, contractors, managing agents, facilities managers) to disclose their own pathways to net zero carbon buildings and actively engage with us to help us deliver on these commitments.
  • Professional bodies and built environment institutions to develop industry standards and support these with education and training to upskill the industry to deliver net zero carbon buildings.
  • Government to deliver a supportive legislative agenda with a clear long-term trajectory to achieve net zero carbon buildings.
  • All property owners to adopt the same commitments.

We will work with the BBP to monitor and report on our progress and to spearhead collaborative, collective action that delivers better buildings and creates long-term value for all of our stakeholders, including future generations.

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Signatories

*Grosvenor Great Britain & Ireland and Grosvenor Europe are listed seperately.


Published Net Zero Carbon Pathways

The following Signatories have published their Net Zero Carbon Pathways:

Publications