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Government keeping true to its regional rebalancing agenda


Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10 point green industrial revolution plan, is sticking true to his regional rebalancing agenda, which is key to securing economic security for the country, however so far, owners of commercial real estate have been offered no incentives to become more environmentally friendly, says Colliers International. 

While the government’s plan has many implications for industry, such as the accelerated ban on the sale of fossil fuel vehicles from 2030, as well as support for public buildings and homes to become more energy efficient, landlords or commercial property owners will find few incentives to modernise buildings, or introduce greener building practices into future development plans from the announcement this week.

Andres Guzman, head of sustainability at Colliers International said: “In advance of today’s announcement and next year’s climate summit in Glasgow much has been trailed around the government’s plans to bring forward the ban of sales of new fossil fuel vehicles from 2030 which is a powerful signal to the market, however we are still lacking a clear long-term policy aligned with the UK’s net zero ambition across other sectors. While there are some promises of supporting public buildings and private homes to become more energy efficient, there is a huge swathe of commercial buildings which are currently being left out in the cold.

“While many of the government’s plans for investment in low-cost renewable energy and restoring the natural environment is welcome, a fast acceleration of these plans are needed to meet these ambitious targets and create the targeted number of jobs across the country. Interventions making a significant difference to carbon emissions almost immediately might include additional energy efficiency funding incentives, to encourage retrofitting older building stock.”

Dr Walter Boettcher, Head of Research & Economics at the firm added: “Today’s announcements suggest that the government is aiming to make UK wide sustainability initiatives a key plank in their recovery plans, however we await to see whether next week’s Spending Review will bring forward opportunities for commercial building owners. By offering incentives to landlords and developers to invest in green improvements, the government could accelerate green job creation, and provide an economic boost to see us through the final stages of the pandemic, and early stages of our economic exit from European market. The greatest worry is whether the government organisational infrastructure is up to the task as this type of initiative requires a fundamental change in mindset.”

Colliers International is committed to advancing sustainability solutions and in recent years has been supporting OceansLab, a clean energy research team for the maritime sector which is developing low carbon and zero emission solutions and proving the concept by participating in races and achieving Guinness World Records in the process. Last month the team announced its development of a plug and play Hydrogen Power Module which can provide electric power, and produces only water as a by-product. 

In addition the company is striving to help staff become more environmentally friendly through offering salary sacrifice schemes for the purchase of personal electric vehicles, and this week has launched  free employee access to e-Bikes from our London Headquarters in Marylebone, for those travelling around the city for site visits and client meetings.

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Walter Boettcher

Head of Research and Economics

Research and Forecasting

London - West End

As Head of Research and Economics at global property advisors Colliers based in London, I lead a team of researchers identifying timely research topics and directing research and forecasting outputs. I have 25+ years of UK and European property industry experience and extensive expertise across a wide range of sectors and related industries. I participate regularly in industry panel discussions, but am focused more on direct client engagement with institutions, property companies, banks, and private investors. A regular media commentator, I have a wide range of national publication and broadcast experience. I joined Colliers International in August 2007 after several years at a private property company where I was responsible for managing a mixed portfolio of London residential, retail and office assets. Previously, I worked in a few London property advisory firms, a geodemographic company as well as a few youthful sojourns in the US offshore oil industry, local government and entertainment business. I am an economics graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received a  PhD from the Faculty of Science at University College London.  I am a member of the London Property Economics Forum and  Society of Property Researchers.

Perhaps best known for my alternative take on property economics and investment, I am a keen proponent of UK regional development and infrastructure investment.

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Kim Inam

PR Manager

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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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