We are pleased to announce that we have completed the offset of residual embodied carbon at 100 Liverpool Street which becomes our first net zero carbon building and one of very few in London.
100 Liverpool Street is an excellent case study of our approach to delivering sustainable buildings. In line with our commitment to re-use first, we were able to retain 50% of the existing structure so embodied carbon was low at 390kg CO2e per sqm, already below our 2030 target of 500kg CO2e per sqm. This approach also enabled us to complete the building faster and more cost effectively than building from new. We have made low carbon choices throughout and adopted smart technologies to enhance operational efficiency as well as the customer experience, for example by optimising light and heat.
Our approach is to offset only once we have done everything we can to reduce embodied carbon in a building. Our offset strategy is to focus on carbon removals for our residual emissions which means we use nature based solutions that absorb carbon through growth rather than carbon avoidance or renewable energy projects. We support certified schemes in the UK and overseas and choose projects that have a positive impact on the communities in which they are based. At 100 Liverpool Street, the offset was split equally between a project restoring 30,000 hectares of land on the Tibetan plateau and a teak afforestation project in Mexico. We have fully offset embodied carbon emissions today and mirrored that with an additional commitment in the UK, supporting the planting of 150,000 trees in Cumbria and Scotland which is forecast to double the total offset already purchased over the development life cycle of the building.
In line with our 2030 commitments, all future developments will be net zero carbon at completion.
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