Author: Tracy Lewis, Managing Director
Welcome back from the festive break!
The Environmental Bill was back on the political agenda last month. The Queen during the State Opening of Parliament told MPs and Lords that environmental principles and targets were to be addressed in the bill by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government. For many this will feel like Groundhog Day, with a Queen’s Speech announcing new environmental legislation for the second time in nine weeks. However what it does highlight is the UK Government’s commitment to protecting the planet.
The 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP 25, run by the United Nations (UN), was also held in Madrid. Disappointingly the final texts from the summit published show that none of its intended moves; such as higher carbon taxes and new emissions trading systems, have been implemented in full. The actions of the US from pulling out of the Paris agreement and adopting an antagonistic attitude to the COP have been cited as influencing some of the larger emitters’ actions. Because Madrid failed to clarify so many key issues the onus now falls on the UK to resolve many of the most challenging questions at Glasgow COP26 in 2020.
In November we held a seminar bringing together leading investors, asset managers, landlords, property managers, land agents, surveyors and developers to explore the role of real estate in achieving net zero. What was evident is that most were at least thinking about their businesses journey towards achieving net zero carbon emissions. The seminar highlights can be found in our SHORT VIDEO. Such was the success of the event, we have scheduled Part 2, which will place on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 at the Institute of Directors. Please save the date. More details will follow in due course, but you may REGISTER YOUR INTEREST.
Finally, to demonstrate our commitment to achieving net zero, we recently announced to our clients that not only will we be procuring solely green energy contracts going forward, but as a business we have also committed to becoming Net Zero by the end of 2020.
2020 is set to be an exciting year at Carbonxgen. We look forward to a year that will continue to build our Net Zero Partnerships.