In her foreword to the research, Cllr Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council commented: “I am extremely pleased to be supporting this white paper and very much welcome the commitment from the Westminster Property Association to work with us to tackle the pressing issue of climate change and deliver a net zero carbon city by 2040
“I know that many landowners, businesses and residents are already taking great strides to reduce carbon emissions from their buildings, but we will only achieve the scale of impact required to deliver a net zero carbon Westminster by 2040 by working together. This white paper is an important first step and I very much look forward to working with the WPA to implement the recommendations.”
Co-Chairs of the research Michael Meadows (British Land – Head of Planning) and Tor Burrows (Grosvenor Britain & Ireland – Director of Sustainability & Innovation) said: “81% of the public are concerned about climate change, and the business case for green investment is clear. Businesses and policymakers must work together, in partnership with local residents and commercial occupiers, to accelerate delivery and secure a zero carbon future.
“Fit for purpose, flexible work and retail spaces are required to retain and attract businesses and visitors to Westminster, and maintain the area’s economic competitiveness, as well as homes for residents. But these buildings should also be green, achieved through sensitive retrofit or redevelopment, where appropriate, to deliver the highest possible environmental standards.
“Achieving these goals in a post-Covid economy will be challenging, but we simply cannot afford to delay.”Read report