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government drifting on net-zero

15 September 2022

Whilst there has been obvious progress in areas such as power and electric cars, momentum has well and truly stalled since the COP26. The pandemic during 2020 and 2021 has been followed by a deep energy and cost of living crisis, that three years on from adopting the target, leaves us a very long way from achieving our objective.

The government can claim some credit for example by their decision to move forward the phaseout date for petrol and diesel cars to 2030, which has boosted the sale of electric vehicles. The Department for Transport (DfT) then backed this up with a mandate on manufacturers and further subsidies for consumers.

However, on buildings and homes, it has been a different story with credible policies and delivery plans still missing. The Climate Change Committee (CCC) doesn’t think the government is on track to meet decarbonisation and environment standards in key areas due to a lack of strategic policy and knowledge. This is evidenced as homes are still being built that will require requiring retrofit to meet future decarbonisation of the built environment.

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So how can we achieve a more sustainable future?

Here are 5 strategies you might consider…

  1. Leverage renewable energy
  2. Pursue green building certifications
  3. Set science-based emission targets
  4. Reduce building related emissions and energy consumption
  5. Commit to FM suppliers that invest in environmental sustainability

We are pleased to announce that at NJC our head office is run exclusively on green energy. In addition, we are currently in the process of transitioning our vehicle fleet to emission-free free electric vehicles as their leases come to an end. This is due to be completed in 2023.

An external led consultant plan has been adopted to lead us to achieve Net Zero by 2030 and we are implementing this circular approach across our organisation and supply chain to ensure our partners also adopt the highest environmental standards.

As validation of our success, we were recently recertified EcoVadis Gold which involved an audit of our sustainable practices. This achievement places NJC in the top 5% of all companies assessed.

As we face unprecedented risks created by climate change, property managers in organisations of all shapes and sizes have an opportunity to shape our environmental future. We must act now to reduce, rather than enlarge, our carbon footprint. For further info on how NJC can support your approach to a more sustainable future, please contact us at

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