Hesperia Signs WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Hesperia has joined 43 businesses pledging to take increased action to decarbonise the built environment, by signing the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. This comes as part of our ongoing commitment to adopt internationally recognised sustainability initiatives.

The announcement was made on Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day, as part of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment recognises leadership action to reduce the impacts of the building and construction sector, which is globally responsible for 36 per cent of energy consumption, 38 per cent of energy related carbon emissions, and 50 per cent of resource consumption. With these numbers expected to double in total footprint by 2060, the next decade of climate action is crucial.

The Commitment now has a total of 156 signatories, with 122 businesses and organisations; 28 cities; and six states and regions, who are going further and faster to tackle operational and embodied emissions from their real estate assets.

Managing Director Ben Lisle said this commitment further recognises Hesperia’s goal to address the impacts of carbon emissions and climate change, acknowledging that the broader property market is a significant generator of carbon emissions.

“Hesperia understands the need for urgency and is committed to delivering current and future building projects as net-zero across the life cycle,” Ben said.

“We commend the World Green Building Council on creating this important platform for companies like ours to publicly declare our intention to respond to the science and be part of the solution to the threat of climate change.”

Having already commenced the process to meet The Commitment components, Hesperia has pledged to:

  • Reduce all operational emissions of new and existing built assets.
  •  Achieve maximum reductions in embodied carbon for new developments and major renovations over which we have direct control.
  • Compensate for any residual operational and upfront embodied emissions that cannot be mitigated.
  • Advocate for wider emission reductions via our business activities to accelerate a sector wide transition to net zero.

Hesperia’s projects aim to achieve best practice in urban design and sustainability. Working towards solving the problems of our time so that future generations will have a better quality of life, Hesperia endeavours to lead by example through the implementation of a range of sustainable initiatives.

Our commitment to sustainability is integrated within our operations and projects at all levels. Hesperia has a dedicated sustainability group that supports teams to capture and deliver on opportunities within each project as well as developing the business to deliver on wider environmental objectives.

All Hesperia projects have a net-zero commitment. Recently, the sustainability initiatives at Roe Highway Logistics Park (ROE) were recognised by industry, achieving Property Council of Western Australia and UDIA awards. Incorporating leading edge innovation, including low embodied carbon concrete, solar power, energy optimisation strategies and Carnaby Black Cockatoo conservation, ROE demonstrates Hesperia’s goal to create a new benchmark for sustainability in industrial development.

Earlier this year, Hesperia became the State’s first developer to achieve B Corporation Certification, verifying our ongoing commitment to upholding the highest levels of operational, social and environmental performance.

More information on our World Green Building Council Pledge is available  here.