Net Zero Strategy

We will guide you, step-by-step, on the most cost-effective roadmap to net zero so you can view profitability and sustainability as two sides of the same coin.

Our net zero strategy work is focused on the long-term carbon management of your business. However, we also help you prioritise at all levels, including those critical short-term gains.

With clear, pragmatic and commercially sound advice, we will advise you on how to achieve your goals – identifying routes to decarbonisation, climate resilience, social cohesion, cost saving and additional streams of revenue generation.

We don’t just write a report and leave it with you. Our strength is helping you with implementation. This can be from identifying and setting up carbon reduction programmes, to setting up transition funds to help finance renewable energy projects, to working across portfolios to leverage opportunities.

Our work spans operational and company-led strategies, real estate portfolios and individual assets.

Our approach to a net zero strategy

We provide a comprehensive greenhouse gas reporting and consultancy service for businesses and organisations, assessing Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

With procurement often accounting for over 50% of emissions, understanding and managing Scope 3 emissions to develop a sustainable procurement policy, is of fundamental importance. We will help you by setting up a supplier/stakeholder engagement programme that identifies who the key suppliers are. This will:

  • Identify areas of greatest impact
  • Establish good communications and shared purpose
  • Help collect data in a robust way
  • Align your approach to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTI)
  • Enable ongoing performance monitoring

Real estate, both existing and in development, also account for a significant level of emissions. We create a simple three-step approach to understand and manage emissions to help reach net-zero:

  • Step one: Understanding your existing operations and planned developments, including:
    • Articulating your goals, from decarbonisation to securing more ethically-focused funding
    • Talking to your stakeholders and understanding where behavioural change is required
    • Assessing your properties, conducting energy efficiency studies, identifying stranded assets and reviewing your future plans
    • Benchmarking your whole lifecycle carbon emissions using established standards such as the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI)
    • Quantifying your carbon emissions, from embodied carbon in the construction process to the operational efficiency of each asset.
  • Step two: Building a robust action plan which clearly defines your optimal pathway to net zero, including:
    • Setting realistic timeframes that reflect your business strategy and any likely M&A activity and property refurbishments
    • Making a number of fully-costed recommendations with milestones that help you understand the investment required, the savings, and the potential for income generation.
    • Exploring the opportunities in how you source power; from investing in renewable technologies and storage options to connecting to district heating networks; maximising grant funding to invest in new technologies to establishing an ESCo; supporting innovation in your delivery models to encouraging behavioural change
    • Putting you in control of your energy supply, ensuring its resilience and the potential to generate income through storage and release to the grid.
  • Step three: Achieving buy-in from your stakeholders, internally and externally, and meeting your regulatory and reporting requirements, including:
    • Promoting education and awareness of your roadmap to net zero, and celebrating your milestones and achievements
    • Engaging with your supply chain with support and education that results in reducing Scope 3 emissions
    • Ensuring your carbon management complies with regulations such as the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) scheme
    • Verifying your carbon-related commitments and disclosures through schemes such as the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), and with carbon verification requirements against the established industry standards, such as PAS 2060 and PAS 2080:2016
    • Demonstrating your environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials to your investors and funders.

From local authorities, to universities, to major property developers and landowners, to corporate occupiers – every organisation is different. However, a net zero strategy will be the common thread between all organisations, large and small, and will be a key part of sustaining your organisation beyond the climate crisis.

Our track record

Our track record includes:

University of Cumbria: We are undertaking a full carbon management plan, including a detailed Scope 3 emissions study. We have previously delivered a comprehensive study on lifecycle energy costs, savings and carbon implications from rationalising the University’s five campuses, and transforming the existing, listed, Carlisle Citadels site. Lifecycle energy savings exceeding 45% were identified, and our work helped to scope the business case and advise on funding streams to enable the relocation of two existing campus sites to the £77.5m Citadels’ redevelopment programme.

Somerset West and Taunton Council: We are advising the Council on an ambitious zero carbon affordable housing programme, in addition to supporting a heat decarbonisation programme for their own assets to meet their net zero targets. We have developed the design code, fabric, energy efficiency and renewables energy strategy for the housing programme, using the LETI principles. For the Council’s own decarbonisation programme, we are identifying opportunities to secure grants and funding whilst reviewing their property assets to categorise the most cost-effective ways to transition to low carbon energy sources.

Forensic whole lifecycle carbon assessment of Vox, Manchester: Acting for Glenbrook, we delivered a complete assessment of their 280-build-to-rent residential scheme in Manchester to provide a blueprint for their ambition to deliver future net-zero carbon developments. We reviewed the existing, high-performing design principles and through the use of leading benchmarks such as LETI, we identified further ways to reduce the overall carbon footprint that will inform their future strategy without a significant impact on capital costs.

Heat decarbonisation strategy for Worcestershire County Council: We are supporting the Council with their roadmap to reach net zero by 2030. We are developing a carbon management plan across their entire estate, assessing all sites and providing costed recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of the estate. We are paying close attention to stranded assets, looking at innovative opportunities to improve efficiencies, and we are advising and supporting the Council on the funding they can secure for remedial work.

Net-zero strategy for a private rental and affordable housing programme in Cornwall: We are supporting Cornish based property developer, Treveth with a programme to develop housing across the county for the local community that delivers net-zero, whole life carbon emissions, and enables the residents to live a low carbon lifestyle. The housing designs are benchmarked against the 2030 Climate Challenge set by RIBA.

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