Sustainability in Real Estate
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The recent failure of one of the largest FM providers in the market has generated significant concern for customers who procure FM services. Though there has been no subsequent collapse of another major provider to date, the prevailing business and industry market conditions create ongoing operational risks for suppliers and risks to service delivery for customers. The following short form paper describes some of the challenges faced by FM providers and, importantly, the practical steps that customers can implement to mitigate risks to service delivery.
At Deloitte we promote all aspects of diversity, and aspire to grow a work environment that is truly inclusive and reflective of our broader society. In support of this working goal, Maggie and Christy from the London Planning team talk about their roles in championing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation across the wider Financial Advisory service line and Real Estate business unit respectively.
With the announcement of the latest Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 3 results to offshore wind projects, we thought it timely to address the emerging trends surrounding this asset class.
A key talking point at this year’s MIPIM event has been the increasing prevalence of technology in the property sector, and more importantly, how we now have an opportunity and a responsibility to utilise technology to plan for the cities of the future.
On 12 March 2014, the European Parliament voted to adopt substantive amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2011/92/EU. With aims of maintaining the level of environmental protection provided by the Directive, the changes seek to increase efficiency with other EU environmental assessments, aid harmonisation of practice between Member States and improve on quality by moving away from a purely procedural process.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (‘CRC’ or ‘Scheme’) is a mandatory emissions trading scheme applicable to private and public sector organisations in the UK that consume more than 6,000MWh of qualifying electricity through settled half-hourly meters. Participants have to report annually on total energy consumption and carbon emissions (1 April – 31 March); compile evidence to support their reporting (which can be subject to an audit by the Environment Agency); and purchase allowances to cover their carbon emissions.
On 25 March 2015 Government issued a Written Ministerial Statement setting out the conclusion of the Housing Standards Review. The statement sets out a new policy on the application of technical housing standards that applies immediately to all local planning authorities and qualifying bodies. This has a direct effect on the application of existing Code policies, and the setting of new Code policies.
Cheshire East Council is understandably pleased with the three very recent decisions from central Government that have rejected housing schemes on green-field sites in the Borough. These come after the raft of 2014 decisions where Permissions were granted for just this type of proposal.
2015 will no doubt go down as a MIPIM vintage. The event feeds back to its crazy peak. We’ve more or less hit the mid-point of the week, and the pizazz is unabated. It really is an extraordinary thing.
It’s that time of year in the CRC calendar when participants need to think about purchasing allowances in the forecast sale. The forecast allowance window opens this April when participants can order allowances for the CRC year ending 2016 at a reduced cost, paying for the allowances in June 2015. Amendments have been made to the ‘Allocation of Allowances for Payment Regulations’ with the allowance prices set as follows: