National first as UK offices verified as net zero

Peel L&P has announced that 11 of its buildings have become the first in the UK to achieve net zero carbon status.

On 3 January, the developer revealed that its properties in Liverpool and Greater Manchester, as well as a historic building in Glasgow, had been verified against the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) standard. The buildings include TraffordCity in Manchester, MediaCityUK in Salford and Princes Dock at Liverpool Waters.

Peel L&P cited reducing energy demand as the most important action it had undertaken, with it investing £859,000 in 66 energy efficiency projects in these offices in the last year alone. The investment has seen tenants reduce their carbon emissions from energy use by 13%. Any remaining emissions from the properties will be offset through a Verified Carbon Standard tree-planting project in the North West.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, noted how homes and workplaces are responsible for 33% and 32% of Greater Manchester’s carbon emissions respectively. With a carbon neutral commitment for 2038, he said that deep cuts in emissions from building stock are needed “urgently” and welcomed Peel L&P’s newly verified properties. Burnham added: “In this announcement today, Peel L&P have shown that those deep cuts are not only possible, they’re also good for business. The message to others now is pretty clear: no excuses, if Peel L&P can pull this off, then so can you.”

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