British Land delivers first net zero carbon building at 100 Liverpool Street

British Land has completed the offset of residual embodied carbon at 100 Liverpool Street making it the company's first net zero carbon building, one of very few in London.

In line with British Land's commitment to re-use first, the company was able to retain 50 per cent of the existing structure so embodied carbon was low at 390kg CO2e per sq m, already below its 2030 target of 500kg CO2e per sq m. This approach also enabled the company to complete the building faster and more cost effectively than building from new. British Land made low carbon choices throughout and adopted smart technologies to enhance operational efficiency as well as the customer experience, for example by optimising light and heat. 

British Land's approach is to offset only once its have done everything possible to reduce embodied carbon in a building. The company's offset strategy is to focus on carbon removals for residual emissions which means it uses nature based solutions that absorb carbon through growth rather than carbon avoidance or renewable energy projects. British Land supports certified schemes in the UK and overseas and choose projects that have a positive impact on the communities in which they are based. At 100 Liverpool Street, the offset was split equally between a project restoring 30,000 hectares of land on the Tibetan plateau and a teak afforestation project in Mexico. The company has fully offset embodied carbon emissions today and mirrored that with an additional commitment in the UK, supporting the planting of 150,000 trees in Cumbria and Scotland which is forecast to double the total offset already purchased over the development life cycle of the building.  

In line with its 2030 commitments, all future British Land developments will be net zero carbon at completion. 

Nigel Webb, Head of Developments at British Land, says: “We are thrilled with what we’ve achieved at 100 Liverpool Street which serves as a blueprint for future sustainable development at British Land. We will never eliminate all carbon in development but with the right schemes, we can balance our emissions by supporting projects which truly absorb carbon from the atmosphere and have a positive local impact.” 

Saskia Feast, Managing Director Global Client Solutions at Natural Capital Partners, Natural Capital Partners, says: “We are delighted to work with British Land as it demonstrates the critical role that business must play in achieving a net zero transformation across the world. In this critical decade of climate action, we need to use all the solutions available to deliver the change we need. British Land’s offset strategy is a showcase for going beyond business as usual and committing to making that change.”