VINCI Facilities surveyed over 200 decision makers in the FM and built environment sectors, in order to complete four white papers conducted in the autumn of 2020. The second – Climate Change – is available now and indicates that the UK facilities management sector does not possess a thorough, detailed strategic approach to combatting climate change.
For climate change – widely regarded as a critical theme – VINCI Facilities research indicates the majority of organisations have a policy or strategy in development, but only 40% have a fully implemented strategy and just 25% have a strategy embedded across the organisation. Crucially, the short-term focus often prevents organisations seeing the link between any, or all, of the four areas covered by the survey.
Paul Lynch, Head of Energy & Water Management for VINCI Facilities said, “Our research shows that most organisations in the built environment/facilities sector have some form of environmental or sustainability strategy in place, which usually include a target for carbon reduction, but they rarely go far enough and often are noticeably short term. Quick wins are OK, and provide a good first step, but they are not a strategy. We need to see a vision, measurement, targets and investment in longer-term solutions like renewable energy sources or conducting whole-life property assessments. There is a lot more that can be done and the way to achieve the challenging targets we face is through collaboration.”
VINCI Facilities recommends four steps towards establishing a well thought through strategic plan and building consensus across an organisation to help combat climate change –
1. Build the business case.
2. Set targets and get them approved.
3. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
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