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14 Jul 2020

Peel L&P joins new national task group for renewable energy and carbon offsetting

Peel L&P is part of a new UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) task force to help develop guidance on the procurement of renewable energy and carbon offsets for the built environment sector.

This work will build on the UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework which was developed to build industry consensus on the definition of net zero carbon buildings in both construction and operational phases.

The framework also looks at improvements in energy efficiency as the most important step in decarbonising buildings but recognises that the procurement of renewable energy and offsets can also play a role in a building’s transition to net zero carbon emissions.

The new task group will develop guidance for procuring renewable energy, provide a set of principles for offsetting carbon where required and set a transition plan for phasing out the future use of offsets. This guidance will support those using UKGBC’s framework to develop net zero carbon buildings and built environment businesses setting their own net zero strategies.

In January this year, 11 of Peel L&P’s buildings became the first in the UK to achieve net zero carbon status as defined by the UKGBC (2019).

Development Manager Joe Chambers will represent Peel L&P Energy on the task group.

Peel L&P has a wide portfolio of renewable energy projects from wind farms and district heat networks to solar technologies and electric vehicle charging.

Joe said: “Great progress has been made in recent years with an increasing number of options available for carbon offsetting and renewable energy procurement. I am looking forward to being part of this new task group which will help to provide a set of clear principles for the built environment sector as we transition towards net zero.”

Emily Huynh, Technical Advisor at UKGBC, said: “The importance and urgency for the built environment to decarbonise cannot be understated. It is critical that action is taken now to promote a more rapid step change in our transition to net zero, and many businesses are now grappling with the practical steps they will need to take.

“This new task group will work together to develop guidance that provides clarity on how best to address residual emissions during this transition, through the procurement of renewable energy and the use of carbon offsets where applicable. The group’s work will help demystify how practitioners can go about procuring quality renewable energy and offsets as the industry pursues a consistent and ambitious trajectory to net zero carbon.”

This project forms part of UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero Programme and in autumn 2020, the UKGBC will undertake a consultation on the draft guidance in autumn 2020 to capture views from across the industry.

In 2019, Peel L&P launched its first five-year sustainability plan which supports the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) to help create a fair and sustainable planet by 2030.

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Read more about Peel L&P’s sustainability work. 

More information about the UKGBC Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offset Task Force.