The RICS have published a research paper entitled; Non-domestic Real Estate Climate Change Model.  The report draws some important conclusions from its examination of Display Energy Certificate (DEC) data from over 60,000 buildings.  The article provides a picture of how climate change impacts on operating costs and investment decisions in the UK commercial property sector. To read the full article click here.      

It was announced yesterday that The Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to reduce environmental guidance and legislation which businesses currently have to comply with.  This has been met with mixed reaction across the board with UK Green Building Council criticising the move as 'irresponsible.' 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike comments: “As a small business owner myself I welcome any progress in cutting back on unnecessary rules and regulations. However I do see a difference between red tape and guidance which promotes investment. I hope the Prime Minister’s action is on the former and not the latter. Increasingly the 40 Percent Symposium is focused on the whole of Europe not just the UK. I see plenty of evidence of our European partners embracing sustainability along with the opportunities that brings. I do hope that the climate (no pun intended) in the UK for real estate investment in buildings and products is not damaged by what should be a...

Sustain Magazine article by John Pike - Driving change in the commercial buildings sector - Dec 2012 in"> Download the full article here  

  40 Percent Symposium supporters the Green Rating Alliance recently released their annual report for 2013 and we are delighted to be featured.  You can view the full report via the attached PDF document. 

The UK government's chief scientist and 40 Percent Syposium keynote speaker, Prof Sir John Beddington, says that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods, drought and storms over the next 25 years.