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Miles Keeping to chair BBP Panel at COP26

Hillbreak is delighted that founding director, Miles Keeping, will be chairing The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) event in the Green Zone at COP26 in his role as chair of the Green Property Alliance.  “Commercial Buildings: A real asset in addressing climate change?” will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre for COP26 on Thursday 4th November, COP26 Energy Day.

Concentrating on the critical role that the commercial real estate sector plays in addressing climate change, the agenda will highlight some of the toughest challenges for the sector and explore how meaningful progress can be accelerated through collective commitment, sustainable finance and collaborative action.

Miles Keeping said:

“We all know that the financial and human costs of inaction in combatting climate change have never been higher and will only increase. Given that real estate owners must play a key role if climate change is to be effectively addressed I’m really looking forward to testing how far they are prepared to go in fulfilling their climate-related duties of care to their stakeholders and society at large. It will be interesting to hear what they consider to be key obstacles and how these might be dealt with when addressing climate change.”

The agenda will include an insight into the market transformational BBP Climate Committee, an interview with Sam McClary, Editor at Estates Gazette and a panel Chaired by Miles . Focusing on urgent near-term action, the event will bring together senior leaders from the real estate industry alongside investors and occupiers of commercial real estate assets to inspire cross-sectoral action on climate change.

The event will feature Janine Cole, Chair of the BBP and Sustainability and Social Impact Director at Great Portland Estates, who will be joined by Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO of the Better Buildings Partnership and the following industry leaders:

  • Neil Slater, Global Head of Real Assets, Abrdn
  • Caroline Hill, Managing Director, Europe Head of Real Estate ESG, Blackstone
  • Stephanie Hyde, CEO, JLL UK
  • Shuen Chan, Head of ESG, Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Bek Seeley, Managing Director, Development, Europe, Lendlease
  • Michael Neal, European CIO, Nuveen
  • Paul Dunne, MD Group Ops, SEGRO

The event is supported by the British Property Federation.

For more information about the event, and to find out how to register to attend, click here.

Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership said: 

“With 40% of global carbon emissions associated with the built environment, it is essential that the commercial property sector has a strong voice at the most significant international meeting on climate change. The BBP is delighted to be hosting this event which will highlight the critical role that commercial real estate can play in delivering on climate change ambitions.” 

Janine Cole, Chair of the Better Buildings Partnership, Sustainability Social Impact Director at Great Portland Estates said: 

“We are delighted that the Better Buildings Partnership have been given an opportunity to bring together industry leaders at this crucial climate change conference. Speaking with a collective voice is essential if we are to quicken the pace of change across the sector and drive down the contribution of the built environment to global climate emissions”