Property investors ‘ignore sustainability at their peril’

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Property investors ignore sustainability at their peril, delegates at a Schroder Property conference have been told.

Instead, they should act now to address the carbon footprint of any property they own to protect their investment.

The audience heard from leading experts how the Government’s drive to make more residential and business buildings carbon efficient is pushing ahead despite the recession.

Schroder’s Ian Mason said: “Sustainability is our number one priority and if occupiers don’t see it as being important, we must take the challenge to them.

“The market has not yet priced in the costs of sustainability, but we believe property investors who act now to reduce carbon emissions will perform better over the long term than those that do nothing.”


Environmental impact

In 2008, Schroders made a number of key improvements to help minimise its environmental impact.

Schroders continues to promote energy efficiency and waste avoidance throughout its operations. The company has a track-record of measuring and managing the consumption of energy and production of waste. It has also remained committed to continuous improvement in this area and to the promotion of positive environmental practices.

In its report, Responsible Property Investment, it adds: “We also continue to adopt and implement conservation measures in the design and use of buildings and equipment and continue to target the use of energy, the recycling of materials and reduction of consumables through office automation. We measure our performance in terms of waste management, energy usage and water usage.”

• Originally published in GreenerLiving magazine in April 2009



Peter a journalist with 30 years experience of freelance writing, UK national newspaper and magazine production roles, and business development. In 2007, he developed and launched a mainstream-style green consumer magazine in the UK, called GreenerLiving, as a means of promoting sustainable change ‘within the system’. GreenerLiving closed during the post-crash recession, but Peter went on to become managing editor of the international ethical business title, Ethical Performance. However, Peter felt that the CSR sector has not succeeded in changing corporate priorities anywhere near fast enough, and so I decided to leave the treadmill of corporate employment and debt accumulation to focus on my own projects. Now poorer but a billion million times happier, he writes on political, economic and social issues – usually seriously, but sometimes as satire. He's currently writing Psychopath Economics, a book about the logic of social and economic power, belief systems, and the rise and fall of societies. Peter is convinced that ordinary people must educate themselves and exercise their economic leverage if we are to avoid social and environmental destruction.

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