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16 built environment companies commit to Zero carbon buildings

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Proud that Interface is there pushing again the rest of the industry, along 15 other companies that have taken a new energy efficiency commitment today for the buildings supply chain, to help drive delivery of ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ (nZEB) for new build by 2020, and refurbished buildings by 2030.

The pledge includes:

  • Driving down energy intensity across corporate property estates;
  • Committing to the 2020 goals of nZEB for new buildings and further action on renovation by 2030 as well as transparently reporting on progress against this;
  • Collaborating across the supply chain to set sector specific targets and goals; and
  • Continuing to engage with policymakers on policy, progress, reporting and performance towards zero energy goals.

Press release

http://bit.ly/1Ozpejl

 

Commitment

http://bit.ly/1XJmdNH

www_corporateleadersgroup_com_resources_pdfs_eu-industry-commitment_pdf

RSPB puts the final nail on the voluntary crap

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The RSPB has released a report researching that voluntary environmental schemes have performed very poorly. Donal McCarthy, who led the research, the largest assessment on this topic, found several findings including the following:

– Voluntary approaches, which were liked by the administrations because they are cheaper to manage, are not performing. 80% of them did perform poorly on one indicator or more.

– The majority of schemes had unambitious targets or failed to deliver.

– Many had low rate of private sector participation.

I’ve been arguing for a long time that the main solution is old school legislation (but done in a smarter way), focus on legislating at product level and play with tax and incentives.

Let’s end the voluntary crap now. David Cameron said once ‘cut the environmental crap’. The only thing that is crappy in the environmental movement is the belief that with voluntary action we will achieve progress.

 

edie talks to Nigel Stansfield about how #sustainability affects recruitment

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edie PR sustainability recruitmentIt’s obviously always great to see your efforts in the press and this piece from edie makes us proud. In this interview Nigel Stansfield talks to edie about how our stance on sustainability affects recruitment efforts.

“Most people wouldn’t think twice about working for a carpet tile company, but they’ll jump at the opportunity to work for a sustainability leader,” he said. “Particularly now the millennial workforce is coming in, and the generation after that, they’re trying to align personal beliefs with the beliefs of the company they work for.”

Stansfield said that the average service time for an Interface employee in the European business was approaching 15 years. The average time that people stay at any given company is around five years.

He added: “Using this Mission Zero journey we’ve been able to retain people, but we’ve also been able to attract a massive amount of talent into the business. That’s all the way across the business, not just in innovation and sustainability.

“We have sales people, operations guys, senior leaders, who leave good jobs elsewhere to come and work for us, and many of them cite the values and purpose of the business as a key reason for joining us.”

Nigel Stansfield – our chief innovation officer will be among the expert speakers at edie’s ninth annual Sustainability Leaders Forum which takes place on 19 November at the Hotel Russell in London.

Read the full article from edie here.

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Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace

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Should a ‘work’ place be any different from the other spaces people inhabit? The relationship between individuals and their environment can be a crucial determinant of how they feel, perform and interact with others. So, designing spaces that inspire, energize and support the people who use them is a global imperative. People’s connection to nature – biophilia– is an emergent field that can help organisations meet that challenge.

The Infographic – Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace:

Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace

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Make Your Pledge With The UK Green Building Council

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The upcoming climate negotiations (COP21) in Paris this December could be a vital turning point in the global battle against #climate change.

The UK Green Building Council is catalysing private sector action to help ensure a positive outcome from COP21 and encourage greenhouse gas emissions reductions at the pace and scale required in the built environment.

A pledge is simply a commitment which demonstrates the ambition of your business to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. What will you do>? Make your pledge here.

The #ClimatePledges video is at UK-GBC Climate Pledges.

What is COP21?

COP – or the Conference of Parties – is an annual meeting of the 195 participating countries in the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year’s COP is the 21st meeting, hence COP21, and will take place in Paris, France, from November 31 to December 11.

It will seek to finalise a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol had 192 signatory countries, and ended in 2012, while the second commitment period, which only had the support of 37 countries, expires in 2020.

It is hoped that a new treaty agreed in Paris will include all major polluters and begin in 2020. It will be made up of voluntary emissions reductions targets called ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ (or INDCs), pledged by each country, that will collectively constitute sufficient emissions reductions to keep global temperature increase within 2 degrees Celsius. To date, more than 100 countries have submitted INDCs.

Buildings Day will be part of the official COP21 negotiations proceedings, and the Buildings Day Alliance – which includes WorldGBC – will respond to the outcome of COP21 and help create the global momentum and action required to transform the building sector.

For more information on the #ClimatePledges campaign, contact john.alker@ukgbc.org.

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What’s wrong with ISO 14001?

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ISO-noI’m all for standards, legislation and regulation but only the right kind, where real value is added to the communities they serve. The new ISO 14001:2015 standard falls woefully short.

This revision sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.

So why am I not a big fan?

Reading the latest on this new version takes me back to the 90s when the norm was simply doing anything was something useful. Mainly because there was so little to guide us.

Today it’s not just about process, targets and legislation compliance. And ISO 14001 is such a low starting point. Companies who have not started on their sustainability journey should start by doing a Life Cycle Analysis. I wonder how many consultants are profiting from selling management systems instead of doing LCAs and offering strategic sustainability advice?

Dear consultants, please recycle yourselves and offer some proper added value. From natural capital, LCA, shift in services, to alternative raw materials – there are a huge number of useful products and services you can sell to companies.

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Designing Sustainability – #InterfaceSpeaks THE Hangout

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The industry has taken great strides towards the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by redesigning products that use and emit energy. However, businesses must also be embrace radical innovations that reduce the embodied carbon of their products.

With this in mind, Interface hosted the Google Hangout as captured above to discuss its recently published whitepaper, which was authored by Ramon Arratia, based on the need for businesses to significantly cut CO2 emissions in Europe by 2030.

In this video:

– Ramon Arratia, Director of Sustainability at Interface
– Dr Craig Jones, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Carbon Footprinting at Circular Ecology
– Fritz Lietsch, Editor in Chief at Eco-World
– Cédric Borel, Managing Director at Institut Français pour la Performance du Bâtiment
– Richard Smokers, Principal Advisor Sustainable Transport and Logistics at TNO

The panel debate three key topics, outlined in the whitepaper;

– Money talks: Incentivise through regulation
– Create demand: The role of voluntary standards
– Make the magic happen: Measure and evaluate

Designing Sustainability: Embedded carbon as the magic metric

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B4E Climate Summit in London – Wednesday 9-10th Sep

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B4E_Register_NowOn Wednesday I’ll be speaking at the The 5th B4E Climate Summit in London. Tickets are still available, just click on the image and if joining please come and say hello. The plan is to bring together more than 400 global leaders from business, government, media and NGOs to discuss the long-term outlook for energy efficiency, emerging technologies, financing and policy change. Delegates will produce recommendations for industry, governments and civil society to transform energy efficiency in buildings, mobility and manufacturing, to power global growth.

POWERING GLOBAL GROWTH: TRANSFORMATION IN ENERGY PRODUCTIVITY

Energy productivity aims to capture the total economic value created, such as the amount of GDP at a national level, from energy applied. Doubling energy productivity will allow countries and businesses around the world to achieve twice as much economic output per unit of energy used. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy productivity improvements could generate an additional $18 trillion in global GDP between 2012 and 2035. Increasing global energy productivity can also achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. The 5th B4E Climate Summit in London brings together more than 300 delegates to discuss and agree on transformative approaches to increase energy productivity as a driver for economic growth and prosperity. The Summit will present a long-term outlook for energy productivity and explore the emerging technologies, finance solutions and policy changes that will be required to achieve lasting benefits for society and the environment. Over the course of the next two days, some of the world’s leading experts will outline a new path for powering global growth, with bold proposals for transformational change across buildings, transport and manufacturing.

Full agenda and speaker line up is here. Look forward to seeing you there.

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10th Sep – Join our Sustainability Google Hangout

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Carbon EmissionsSave the date – At 1pm (GMT) on the 10th September we’re hosting a Google Hangout to discuss how businesses can significantly cut their carbon emissions by 2030.  The exact details of how to join will be released here and via our Twitter account @Interface_UK  shortly. Do join us if you can.

The industry has taken great strides towards the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by redesigning products that use and emit energy. However, businesses must also be embrace radical innovations that reduce the embodied carbon of their products.

With this in mind, Interface is hosting a Google Hangout to discuss its recently published whitepaper, which was authored by Ramon Arratia, based on the need for businesses to significantly cut CO2 emissions in Europe by 2030.

Interface will be joined by industry experts, including:

* Ramon Arratia, Director of Sustainability at Interface

* Dr Craig Jones, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Carbon Footprinting at Circular Ecology

* Fritz Lietsch, Editor in Chief at Eco-World

* Cédric Borel, Managing Director at Institut Français pour la Performance du Bâtiment

* Richard Smokers, Principal Advisor Sustainable Transport and Logistics at TNO

The panel will debate three key topics, outlined in the whitepaper;

* Money talks: Incentivise through regulation

* Create demand: The role of voluntary standards

* Make the magic happen: Measure and evaluate

To keep up-to-date with this Google Hangout and future events, visit the Interface Twitter channel @Interface_UK 

About Interface

Interface is the world’s largest global manufacturer of commercial carpet tiles. Its flooring products combine beauty and innovation with functionality and environmental credentials to help customers bring their design vision to life.

Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made a pledge in the mid-nineties to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020. Known as Mission Zero, it influences every aspect of the business and inspires the company to continually push the boundaries in order to achieve its goal.

Interface is now more than half way to reaching Mission Zero and has been widely recognised for its achievements to date.  Its products have also achieved several awards, specifically for design and innovation, the most recent being The Athenaeum Good Design Awards for Fotosfera and Urban Retreat.

Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050, European Commission

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