Building a Net Zero Future – Panel Discussion & Report Presentation

02 Feb 2022
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Westminster City Council and Westminster Property Association were delighted to be joined by over 300 attendees in-person and online on 2 February for our hybrid seminar ‘Building a Net Zero Future’.

The Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Rachael Robathan, provided a keynote address on the initiatives, including the announcement of a new Sustainable City Charter to be produced in partnership with the WPA. The first-of-its-kind Charter will be aimed at property owners and occupiers, setting out guidance alongside a set of verifiable principles, to maximise positive environmental action.

During the event, the WPA presented a recently launched research paper, Zero Carbon Westminster: A Focus on Retrofit, which sets out a range of retrofit measures, from low-cost and ‘light touch’ interventions through to comprehensive or ‘deep’ retrofits. Produced in collaboration with Savills, JLL and Gerald Eve, the paper is a follow-up to Zero Carbon Westminster: A White Paper on Decarbonising the Built Environment.

Taking into account the operation of buildings, 86% of carbon emissions in Westminster derive from the built environment. Property owners and occupiers, therefore, have a critical role to play in working together to help deliver on the Council’s ambitious net zero target.

Catch up on the event:


  • Cllr Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council
  • Paul Williams, WPA Chair and CEO of Derwent London
  • Tor Burrows, Chair of WPA Senior Advisory Group and Executive Director Sustainability & Innovation, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland


  • Paul Williams (Chair), WPA Chair and CEO of Derwent London
  • Deirdra Armsby, Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning, Westminster City Council
  • Andrea Merrington, Planning Director, Howard de Walden Estate
  • Katie Parsons, Historic Environment Planning Adviser, Historic England
Event photos