Lamington Group has committed to be net zero by 2030 with all new developments that will be built to whole life net zero standards – both operational and embodied carbon. The commitments detailed in their roadmap are: 1. Develop & operate net zero whole life carbon hotels; 2. Reduce and offset Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030 with the aid of established science-based targets, equivalent to reducing by 46% from our baseline in 2019; 3. Track & minimise Scope 3 emissions.
Lamington Group will assess and publicly disclose scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, energy consumption and energy use intensity, renewable energy contribution and contribution of offsets annually. Alongside embodied carbon assessments that will be carried out using verified methodology e.g. RICS methodology and offsets used for embodied carbon. They will do this in an easy to understand format for public and internal use. They will also continually improve methodologies and aim to move away from using spend based approaches by capturing more accurate data.
Continue implementation of decarbonisation roadmap to maximise reduction of operational and embodied emissions as part of a whole life carbon approach. All new developments will be highly efficient and include energy efficiency measures (such as air source/ ground source heat pumps, low water heat systems) with a target of upfront embodied carbon being: 500kgCO2e/m2. Existing Buildings will be retrofitted with a target of 8 serviced apartments a year from 2023 to make them as energy efficient as possible using best practice, maximising embodied carbon reductions. Lamington will account for and compensate for any residual operational or upfront embodied carbon using certified offsets that prioritise carbon removal e.g. afforestation and getting assessments verified by a 3rd party.
Verify, assure and report annual emissions in assets and portfolio via an independent third party and provide this data to WorldGBC. Verify and report life cycle assessment embodied carbon emissions data via a third party and produce data to show impact with a target of upfront embodied carbon being: 500kgCO2e/m2. As well as raise awareness about the need for greater accessibility to low carbon solutions for the sector.
Lamington Group will demonstrate leadership through their commitment to only develop and operate to zero whole life carbon. They will also advocate change through their supply chain by asking suppliers for their emissions data and giving guidance for suppliers to start their journey to net zero and talking and sharing expertise with others in the sector and beyond. They will capture these actions that go beyond the requirements of the Commitment, including tackling scope 3 emissions, and share them.
NZCB Commitment & The Climate Pledge: Accelerating Decarbonisation
‘Underpinning our targeted growth plan to 5,000 keys by 2030, a bespoke Net Zero Building Specification has been developed for all future hotels and is focused on the critical need to reduce embodied carbon and achieve operational net zero.
Lamington Group has committed to Net Zero by 2030, using science-based targets. This means that we made three commitments:
- To only build Whole Life Net Zero hotels, by following UKGBC’s framework.
- To reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 46% by 2030 from the 2019 baseline, and offset the unavoidable.
- To track and minimise Scope 3 emissions
We acted on these commitments by opening the world’s first whole life net zero carbon hotel in Chiswick. The site has been designed to be highly energy efficient by investing in cutting edge technologies such as ground source heat pumps that go 200m below the ground and draw heat from the earth. We are piloting a low temperature hot water system, expected to reduce energy use by 9%. Alongside bee hives, a blue roof and a green roof, there are solar panels that meet 4% of the energy demand. The building is electric only and the energy comes from a 100% renewable tariff. The upfront embodied carbon was estimated at 2448 tonnes co2e, we are committed to lower the embodied carbon of future developments by utilising innovative and circular building materials. We also work with our suppliers by providing resources on how they can decarbonise.
As a signatory to the Climate Pledge, we are members of the Race To Zero. By participating in the WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment we are frontrunners, taking accelerated action and contributing to the 2030 Breakthrough Agenda Human Settlements Built Environment 2030 target.’
Melisa Gooding, Sustainability Specialist, Lamington Group