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Three businesses commit to reducing whole life carbon emissions of their building portfolios

7 September 2023

World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) welcomes three new signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment):  NDY, A Tetra Tech Company (NDY), Scape Australia Management Pty Ltd (Scape) and Hoare Lea LLP

LONDON – 9 am BST, 7 September 2023 – Today, WorldGBC announces two new signatories, NDY and Scape, to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. Hoare Lea has transitioned to the updated Commitment. These businesses are taking action to decarbonise their building portfolios and advocate for wider emissions reductions across their respective supply chains. 

In July 2023, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a stark warning: the era of global boiling has arrived. Temperatures soared in July, making it the hottest month on record. This warning, combined with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s AR6 Synthesis Report, shows the need for urgent, substantial and credible action to deliver a sustainable future for global citizens. As the building and construction sector is the largest contributing sector to the climate crisis, all stakeholders must come together to deliver the transformative change needed to create decarbonised, equitable and resilient built environments.  

Signatories commit to reducing all operational carbon emissions from assets under their direct control by 2030, as well as committing new developments and major renovations under their direct control to reduce embodied carbon emissions by 2030. Signatories are required to compensate any remaining upfront embodied carbon emissions as part of a whole lifecycle approach. 

Signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment are advancing net zero by facilitating and accelerating market transformation, representing a leadership position within the buildings and construction sector by taking action further and faster to decarbonise the built environment. 


Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council:

“I am pleased to welcome these sustainability leaders to WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. The Commitment continues to showcase frontrunner action across the built environment from stakeholders delivering decarbonisation at scale. In turn, these actions prove the possible and send the necessary market demand signals to accelerate sector transformation.”  


NDY is an international engineering consultancy with the vision of enhancing the lives of others by engineering outstanding projects. NDY measures its priorities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a key focus on continually reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. NDY pledges to reach net zero emissions by 2026 and achieve carbon negative emissions by 2030. The business will develop a carbon reduction strategy and action plan for all its tenancies and will identify performance gaps and opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and improve its energy efficiency in its tenancies. Read NDY’s Commitment profile here.

Scape Australia Management Pty Ltd is a real estate investment and operations manager that covers investment management, development, leasing, property management, and customer experience. Scape has an ambitious vision to be the Earth’s Best Living Company and commits to achieving net zero carbon for operational scope 1, 2 and materials scope 3 emissions by 2025.  Read Scape’s Commitment profile here.

Hoare Lea is an award-winning, UK-based engineering consultancy with a creative team of engineers, designers and technical specialists. Hoare Lea has transitioned to the updated Commitment which constitutes action to achieve maximum reductions of embodied carbon for any office refurbishments and offset the residual emissions from October 2023. Read Hoare Lea’s Commitment profile here


Stuart Fowler, CEO, NDY

“NDY is committed to playing its part in a more sustainable future for all. We strive to be ethically, environmentally, and socially responsible, and our core values shape the way we do business – sustainably, with integrity, and with client satisfaction at the heart of our project. Our commitment through WorldGBC is the affirmation of these values and our ambition to help our clients deliver sustainable places.”


Anouk Darling, CEO, Scape Australia

“Scape are pleased to join the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, and join other leading real estate companies from around the world in collaboratively working toward achieving net zero carbon in partnership with the World Green Building Council. Scape Australia aim to rapidly decarbonise our portfolio of existing buildings, while building exemplar net zero carbon new buildings, and have the vision to become the Earth’s Best Living Company.”


Ashley Bateson, Director, Hoare Lea LLP

“We are proud to extend our net zero buildings commitment to include the embodied carbon impact of refurbishing our offices. Hoare Lea remains committed to leading transformation through our work with clients to maximise emissions reductions through our industry engagement and our own operations.”