The world of sustainability is complicated, but at GPE, our approach is simple. We are decarbonising our business to become net zero by 2040, whilst integrating climate resilience across our spaces and business processes. It’s our responsibility to play a part in creating a more sustainable city for our people, partners and customers who all want to live and work in a more climate resilient society. ​

The Time is Now

We are integrating climate resilience across our business
Integrate measures

Address the transitional risk of climate change and implement net zero carbon plans at each asset

Working with our customers, we are implementing our net zero carbon roadmap whilst prioritising energy efficiency and energy security.

We are ensuring that all major refurbishments and developments are fossil fuel free1, whilst transitioning our existing portfolio away from fossil fuel reliant systems. We will work with our customers to find alternatives to fossil fuel powered life-safety back up systems.

By implementing NABERS UK and the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor Tool (CRREM) we will be able to drive improvements and monitor our

For new acquisitions we will undertake net zero carbon due diligence to create an appropriate asset level transition plan.

We will provide a comprehensive disclosure on climate risk annually.

1. Where planning allows

We are decarbonising our business to become net zero by 2040
Reduce energy intensity

What is our goal?

Reduce the embodied carbon (kgCO2e/m2 GIA) of our new developments and major refurbishments 52% by 2030, from 954kgCO2e/m2, our 2020 baseline, to 458kgCO2e/m2. Reduce the embodied carbon of our minor refurbishments in line with our previous target of 204kgCO2e by 2030.

By 2040 it is envisaged this will need to be less than 140kgCO2e/m2, which is a huge challenge and will require significant technological advances and the industry fully embracing the circular economy.

What is embodied carbon?

Embodied carbon is emitted through the life cycle stages of the development and operation of a building. These include building material extraction, processing and transportation, construction, maintenance, and final deconstruction of a building.

How do we measure it?

Our project teams measure the expected upfront, and whole life, embodied carbon of our developments by following the RICS Whole Life Carbon Assessment professional standard. This is independently reviewed through design, construction and most importantly at project completion.

We are putting health and wellbeing front and centre
External air quality

Integrate wellbeing considerations into the design of our spaces

We are integrating wellbeing measures to create flexible, inclusive and accessible spaces that benefit the wellbeing of our customers and the community.

Where practical, we create outdoor space to provide opportunity for social interaction, access to nature and increase biodiversity net gain.

We are creating a lasting positive social impact in our communities
Supporting charities

Create at least £10 million of social value in our local communities by 2030 and improve access to nature

Through the continued implementation of our Social Impact Strategy and by maintaining long-term community relationships, we will create at least £10 million of social value by 2030 and disclose our progress against this target annually.

Recognising the positive impact of nature on the climate resilience of our London boroughs and the health and wellbeing of our local communities, we are prioritising access to nature for our communities, customers, supply chain and employees.

Our Brief for Creating Sustainable Spaces

Our Brief for Creating Sustainable Spaces

Key to advancing our purpose to unlock potential, creating sustainable spaces for London to thrive, this Brief sets out how we achieve our commitments in our Sustainability Statement of Intent from design and development to fit out and operation of all our spaces, whether Ready to Fit or Fully Managed.

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London’s future relies on our actions today


Our Customer First approach to sustainability

At GPE, we’re working with our customers and other stakeholders on sustainability. Not only because it’s our responsibility to play a part in creating a more sustainable city, but also because our customers want to live and work in a more climate resilient society. ​

We understand the importance of your sustainability ambitions and we want to work in partnership with you to ensure you achieve them.​

We achieve more together and collaboration is key to delivering climate resilience!

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Reporting and governance

Sustainability, technology, health and wellbeing are key requirements for our customers and our focus has been on enhancing our customers’ experience, whilst future proofing our buildings for tomorrow’s working patterns.

Sustainability Performance Tables

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Customer First
Providing a seamless digital experience for our customers, from the beginning of their journey with us, right to the end
Smart buildings
Optimising building capacity and reducing energy usage with provision of data to our customers
Improve productivity
Providing our customers with a space that allows them to make more of every day, giving access to a wide range of digital services
Changes in technology
Driving innovation across our portfolio to keep GPE at the forefront of technological advances, solidifying our Trusted Partner pillar

Our approach to Health & Safety