Colliers has bolstered its sustainability advisory capabilities with the appointment of James Pay. As a chartered environmentalist, James’ expertise lies in providing strategic advice to businesses across the built environment to help them achieve their zero emissions goals.
James joined Colliers as Head of Sustainability – Clients, from Erith Group where he advised on sustainable demolition practices and enabling works for a wide range of property sectors including industrial, residential and retail. He previously worked for construction firms Laing O’Rourke and Multiplex, where he was part of a team tasked with achieving the BREEAM Excellent ratings of 100 Bishopsgate and 22 Bishopsgate, which was also the UK’s first core and shell building to apply for the WELL Building Standard.
A fifth of the world’s 2,000 largest public companies have already committed to net zero targets, and 30 FTSE100 companies have signed up for the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign. With COP26 due to take place in Glasgow later this year, there is expected to be more announcements from government around how businesses, including the commercial real estate sector, will be expected to reduce their impact on the environment.
Kate Morgan, chief operating officer at Colliers, said: “As the green agenda continues to evolve, there is an increasing amount of complex guidance and often contradictory perspectives. Working with our existing expert teams, James’ will cut through this noise to identify the core issues and add real tangible insight and value to our clients’ strategies as they aim for net zero carbon. James will also work alongside Head of Sustainability Andres Guzman to shape our own carbon reduction journey.”
As well as designing sustainable construction practices for commercial buildings, James has experience creating strategies for global construction firms to meet ambitious science-based targets by 2030.
He said: “Everyone has their eye on sustainability, and the built environment has a significant impact on carbon emissions. We have to get this sector in the right shape now, in order to save and protect places, not just at home but globally, that are at risk of being lost to climate change.
“I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Colliers so that we can really build our knowledge base and support our clients. We know that we need everyone to engage and embrace sustainability, it’s no longer the responsibility of one person, we all have to work together and collaborate to make an impact.”