Our sustainability statement of intent

 

The world of sustainability is complicated, but at GPE, our approach is simple.

We will decarbonise our business and ensure our spaces are adaptable and resilient to climate change by 2030. We will create a lasting positive social impact, whilst putting health and wellbeing front and centre.

Working with our supply chain partners who share our vision, we're using the latest technology and innovation to put our ideas and plans into practice, to help London thrive.

Our Statement of Intent “The Time is Now” sets out the four pillars of our approach to sustainability.

  • Decarbonise our business to become net zero by 2030
  • Design climate change resilient and adaptable spaces
  • Create a lasting positive social impact in our communities
  • Put health and wellbeing front and centre

Our statement of intent has been informed by our review of material risks and the alignment of our strategy with the Sustainable Development Goals (see Our Approach). Building on our strong track record, it sets out our simple approach to sustainability looking out towards 2030.

Decarbonise our business to become net zero by 2030 

We will reduce energy intensity by 40% and carbon intensity by 69% at our occupied buildings by 2030 from our 2016 baseline; reduce embodied carbon at our developments, refurbishments and fit outs by 40% by 2030 and install renewable energy at our buildings. We will only consider offsetting residual emissions, once these steps have been addressed.

During the financial year, we will set out our roadmap showing the scope and detailed trajectory of our net zero carbon commitment.  

Design climate change resilient and adaptable spaces 

We will increase biodiversity net gain, transition away from fossil fuels, prioritise renewable energy, and create adaptable buildings.

By 2022 we will set out our Climate Change Resilience strategy.

Create a lasting positive social impact in our communities 

We will create at least £10 million of social value in our local communities by 2030, support charitable initiatives that directly benefit London communities, support education and employment initiatives and support our supply chain in eradicating Modern Slavery. For more on our community strategy, see community relationships.

Put Health and Wellbeing front and centre

We will integrate wellbeing considerations into design, support initiatives that improve internal and external air quality across our portfolio and communities, and promote initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of our people, occupiers and supply chain partners. 

Progress against long term vision is monitored by our Sustainability Committee and publicly reported on an annual basis.

To help ensure a consistent approach to sustainable building design and create a positive, long lasting social impact on the communities in which we work, our expectations and ambitions are outlined to our partners within Our Guiding Principles for Design. This is supported by our Sustainable development brief which sets out detailed guidance and deliverables for our development teams.

Additionally, our strategy to integrate the principles of social value throughout our business is summarised in our community strategy Creating sustainable relationships. Our community impact is reported on an annual basis here.

In 2020 we signed an innovative ESG-linked revolving credit facility. It’s the first to be issued by a UK REIT and incorporates three ESG-linked KPIs which align with our ambitious sustainability strategy. These KPIs include annual pre-agreed targets and are based on:

  • Supporting our target to decarbonise our existing buildings by reducing our portfolio energy intensity by 40% by 2030;
  • Supporting our target to build net zero carbon new buildings from 2030 by reducing the embodied carbon of our new build developments and major refurbishments; and
  • Providing better quality urban greening measures by increasing the biodiversity net gain across our portfolio.

For more on our targets see Managing sustainable buildings and Developing sustainable buildings.

 

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