PRESS RELEASE: UKGBC boosts activity in Manchester to help metro mayor realise green goals

Manchester city to represent Greater Manchester’s pledge for net zero carbon new development

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March 21, 2018

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The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today announced a series of actions to strengthen its presence and influence in Greater Manchester.

The move comes as the charity supports the delivery of the Mayor’s Green Summit, with UKGBC’s Director of Policy and Places, John Alker, facilitating the buildings workstream at the event. John features on the bill alongside sustainability expert Mike Barry (of UKGBC member M&S) and BEIS minister the Rt Hon Claire Perry MP.

In addition to supporting the summit, UKGBC announced:

  • The launch of a Greater Manchester Local Network, which will see UKGBC run quarterly events in the region, supported by a newly recruited Manchester-based Local Network Coordinator
  • It is welcoming new GM-based property heavyweights Bruntwood and Peel Land and Property to the membership, who join a network of over 400 organisations from across the industry
  • A commitment to a UKGBC office in Manchester from Summer 2018

High on the priority list for UKGBC will be supporting the Mayor’s green priorities, including bringing down carbon emissions and fuel poverty in GM’s aging housing stock; helping businesses cut emissions from commercial properties; and ensuring that all new development aims for the highest possible environmental standards.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said:

“I’m delighted that a well-respected national charity such as the UK Green Building Council is expanding its activities and presence in Manchester. I welcome their support for our zero carbon ambition, which they can help us achieve through their policy input, their training programme and further strengthening our networks of green business.”

John Alker, Director of Policy and Places at UKGBC said:

“Greater Manchester has an opportunity to be a trailblazer, as it has been many times before in its history. It can demonstrate that high quality, sustainable buildings support an ambitious vision for the region as a clean, green and healthy place to live and work, which will support the attraction of talent and investment. UKGBC can help to deliver this, and I’m looking forward to an active programme of work with our growing local network.”

Chris Oglesby, Chief Executive Officer at Bruntwood said:

“As a company committed to making our great city regions greater, we look forward to working with the UKGBC and its members to support our zero carbon vision for GMCA.  As part of our own commitments we’ve recently restated our carbon reduction targets and will reduce our emissions by a minimum of 5% per year for the next 3 years. Bruntwood will also become an accredited Gold Standard Low Carbon Company and achieve the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard in order to demonstrate our longer term ambitions as a carbon conscious company.”

David Glover, Operations Director and Chair of Peel’s Sustainability Steering Group said:

“Peel Land and Property welcomes UKGBC’s enhanced presence in the North and we look forward to working together to create a cleaner, greener and more prosperous city region. Our best practice in the property sector has led to energy savings of over 30% in our building energy use, worth over £1.5m on a £4m annual energy bill, and eliminating over 8,200 tonnes of CO2e emissions a year. This represents an annual improvement of around 4.4%, when at a national level, emissions from commercial buildings have remained constant or, in recent years, actually risen.”