Berkeley Group pledges to become Britain’s first carbon-positive housebuilder

One of the UK’s best-known house builders, the Berkeley Group, has recently pledged to become Britain’s first carbon-positive housebuilder, a news sources has exclusively revealed.

The firm has unveiled a new two-year plan to deliver a 10% reduction in carbon emissions per person, while utilising an internal carbon tax and carbon offsetting schemes to reach the new ambitious target which will see the group offset more carbon than it produces.

In order to pursue the group’s new carbon positive target in the current political landscape, Berkeley will be using ESOS frameworks to drive an immediate in-house energy efficiency transition, before elements such as carbon taxes and green tariffs are introduced after April 2017.

“ESOS has been useful in getting an external opinion of our actions, plans and sites,” added Berkeley’s fellow group sustainability manager Helen Wickham. “We now know our best practices and which sites they’ve been utilised on – we’ll be using it to implement minimum standards across the board.

“If we’re not being pushed by regulation, we need to push ourselves.”

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