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Whole Life Carbon roadmap welcomed by Colliers


The publication of the UK Green Building Council’s roadmap for limiting carbon emissions in construction and reducing embodied carbon in the built environment has been welcomed by Colliers’ Head of Client Sustainability. 

The publication of the new roadmap coincides with the Cities, Regions and Built Environment day at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The roadmap also called for mandatory energy performance publications in commercial buildings and an ambitious retrofit programme to rapidly decarbonise the built environment.

James Pay, Head of Client Sustainability at Colliers, welcomed the move. He said: “The UK Green Building Council has today released their Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, a cross industry initiative, which clearly sets out policies that should be adopted to meet the rapid transformation required. As a minimum all those working within the built environment should be using this as a key tool in their decision making, while also lobbying the Government to adopt the advice, to ensure an achievable net zero future.”

Today the UK Government also announced commitments to help developing cities transition to net zero and re-emphasised it’s ongoing efforts in the UK including funding for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, Boiler Upgrade Scheme and Heat Network Transformation Programme.

“It is promising to see the Government continuing to talk about the opportunity of net zero, the new strategies and some of the actions already being taken,” James added. “However to maintain the post COP26 momentum and drive change, it is key that the strategies are backed up by clear and detailed delivery roadmaps, with relevant legislation to support them as soon as possible.” 

Throughout COP26 there has been a wide range of agreements including more than 40 countries agreeing to phase out the use of coal, 100 countries agreeing to stop deforestation by 2030, and many nations pledging to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

In addition five goals around technology have been agreed, called the “Glasgow breakthroughs” which include commitments to clean power becoming the most affordable and reliable worldwide, zero-emissions vehicles becoming the new normal, near-zero emissions steel becoming the go-to choice, renewable and low carbon hydrogen to be available globally and sustainable agriculture.

In the UK the Chancellor committed the country’s financial institutions and listed companies to produce net zero “transition plans” by 2023, for decarbonisation by 2025. He also said a taskforce is to be established to develop a “gold standard” of reporting by 2022. While the UK and US also supported a Climate Investment Funds’ Capital Markets Mechanism for investment in clean energy in developing countries. 

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James Pay

Head of Sustainability


London - West End

James has joined Colliers to help drive our sustainability offering and ensure that we are well equipped to meet and advise on the challenges of the Climate Emergency in a practical and meaningful way for our clients and in-house.

Prior to joining Colliers, James worked in the construction and demolition industries and has over 12 years’ experience working within sustainability for principal contractors and engineering consultancies.

During this time, he helped drive sustainability performance with a particular focus on strategy, the circular economy, carbon reduction and the setting of Science Based Targets, and sustainable certifications such as BREEAM and WELL. He has delivered the sustainability requirements on projects across London, including a global investment bank’s new London Headquarters, the Francis Crick Institute, Chelsea Barracks Phase 4, 100 Bishopsgate, 22 Bishopsgate and Crossrail.

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Kim Inam

PR Manager

Marketing & Communications

London - West End

I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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