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New Scope 3 Emissions Guidance for Net Zero Buildings in the UK

New guidance published by the Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) and BAM FM sets out how all carbon sources that fall outside an organization’s scope 1 and 2 boundary for emissions can achieve net zero carbon.

According to their joint authors, the new guidelines transform the ability of building operators and managers to measure and reduce emissions directly and across their supply chains to help them meet COP26 carbon reduction targets – significantly extending the capacity of property developers and estates managers to lower emissions from the outset of discussions about new contracts and new buildings.

The new guidance present a methodology for upskilling facilities managers to measure “Scope 3” emissions, to identify responsibilities for reporting these, and explains how to capture and reduce emissions in line with the COP26 1.5~ target.

Until now, FM greenhouse gas emissions have only included energy consumption in buildings.

The Scope 3 emissions guidance captures a much wider range of emissions relating, for example, to travel to and from buildings, materials used in its maintenance, and even food supplied in canteens.

Sunil Shah, SFMI Founder, comments: “An FM’s carbon impact is larger than many will report. This is exacerbated by the explosion of net-zero targets that have been announced by providers. So, many FMs are actively or inadvertently ‘scoping out’ emissions from their inventories to make hitting an arbitrary net-zero target easier. By doing this the industry is not positioning itself as a solution to the problem we have of reducing GHG emissions.”

Reid Cunningham BAM FM’s Strategic Development Director, adds: “Scope 3 missions are the next part of the decarbonisation challenge for the built environment. This new guidance will bridge a vital gap and enable FM providers and customers and supply chains to use a standard approach to measuring emissions that will enable the whole industry to come together effectively to achieve net zero.

“Since COP26 in Glasgow, there has been a desire for more reporting measures for carbon and energy and to encourage supply chains to drive down emissions in a consistent way.”

He also believes a move to a low carbon economy will be hampered if the FM industry cannot demonstrate a detailed understanding of its emissions and its capacity and influence in reducing them.

To download Scope 3 emissions in FM: Setting the foundations for net zero, visit https://www.acclaro-advisory.com/sfmi/scope-3-emissions-fm/

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    FMIndustry.com covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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Staff Reporter

FMIndustry.com covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.
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