The fund will be used to finance a series of initiatives over the coming nine years to reduce Landsec’s carbon footprint and drive innovation and best practice across the wider industry.
The £135m investment programme will be used across Landsec’s entire portfolio. It is expected that overall the programme will see 24,000 tonnes of carbon emissions removed from Landsec’s operations – equivalent to over 35,000 return flights from London to New York.
The move comes two years ahead of the Government’s deadline for corporates to publish their pathway to net zero.
Since its carbon emission target was approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative in 2016, Landsec has continued to identify and implement a range of technologies and innovations to enable it to support a transition to a low carbon world.
The nine-year investment programme will support Landsec’s decarbonisation plans by:
Reducing operational energy use through optimising building management systems, using Artificial Intelligence technologies, and engaging customers on energy efficiency to drive down consumption
Moving to cleaner sources of energy by replacing gas-fired boilers with electric systems such as Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP), and investing in renewable energy including adding onsite renewable capacity through more solar PV panels
Mark Allan, Landsec CEO said: “Our net zero transition investment plan is a significant commitment to ensure that Landsec delivers against its science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030.
“We’re investing across our entire estate because we want to remain at the forefront of everything the property sector is doing to respond to the climate crisis. Through these actions, we’ll be supporting the current and future needs of our customers, communities and stakeholders as we help them transition to a low carbon world.
“Never has it been more important to prioritise carbon reduction programmes. The future of the planet depends on businesses like ours driving forward change – as quickly as we can.”