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Mitie announces plans to achieve a net zero estate by 2025

Mitie has unveiled its new roadmap to achieve a net zero estate by 2025.

  • 16 August 2021
  • Olivia Story

Mitie has unveiled its new roadmap to achieve a net zero estate by 2025.

The firm plan to achieve its first four net zero sites by the end of the financial year, with a further 14 sites planned to decarbonise every year until 2025, creating a completely net zero estate.

Mitie additionally plans to invest in energy efficiency measures, such as LED lighting and insulation, and is focused on energy optimisation that will save over 26 tonnes of CO2 per year.

This net zero roadmap is part of Mitie’s Plan Zero pledge to achieve net zero carbon for its operational emissions by 2025.

The first fours sites, located in Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, and East Hampshire, will only use renewable electricity. In addition to this, the gas heating systems currently being used at three of these sites will be replaced with heat pumps.

Mitie will use its in-house energy management and project expertise to reduce its energy use by improving the energy efficiency of the sites, thereby lowering its environmental impact.

By surveying the estates and working closely with its landlords, Mitie can find new opportunities for investment in order to achieve its net zero estate.

The company’s new approaches, such as the company-wide ‘Carbon Conscious Comfort Policy’, will allow Mitie to save over 120,000 kWh of energy per year, equivalent to 49 return flights from London to New York.

Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value, Mitie, said: “While there is often a lot of focus on the energy use of new buildings, given that 80% of the sites that will be in use in 2050 have already built, the decarbonisation and retrofitting of existing commercial properties will be essential to helping the UK meet its net zero targets."

"We’re proud to be leading by example not only with our commitment to have a fully net zero estate, but also by using our building management and sustainability expertise to cut the amount of energy we use in the first place.”