Investec Wealth and Investment Management (IWIN) has become the first recipient of the Low Carbon Workplace Standard after reducing carbon emissions by 33% (per person) at its offices in Guildford, a 160-year-old former printing press.
The Low Carbon Workplace concept was developed by the Carbon Trust to break the ‘circle of inertia’ that it believes has prevented many cost-effective CO2 reduction opportunities in non-domestic buildings from being realised.
Carbon Trust claims that emissions from non-domestic buildings have remained roughly constant over the past two decades despite the billions of pounds in energy savings on offer. Barriers to savings include misaligned incentives (the landlord-tenant divide), a lack of knowledge and capability gaps within the supply chain.
The Low Carbon Workplace aims to break the inertia by encouraging funders, developers, landlords and occupiers to collaborate to ensure that buildings are designed, built and operated to maximise energy savings. Energy efficiency performance is monitored over a two-year period before the awarding of the Low Carbon Workplace Standard.