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Enhancing sustainable facilities management throughout the built environment

Working together to reduce impact

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The existing built environment and its surroundings have a significant and continual impact on our environment, and buildings account for 45% of the UK’s CO2 emissions.

But the issue goes much wider than just emissions, so looking at the efficient use of resources, understanding the circular economy and whole-life costing, and applying this knowledge to reduce environmental impacts and costs for clients is critical to improvement.

Major facilities management (FM) service providers and their clients are working together to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the built environment.

Labour challenges

School Partners and clients are targeting local labour and the use of smaller, local suppliers, and legislative and policy challenges, like the Modern Slavery Act and the Apprenticeship Levy, mean it’s necessary to re-think the approach to procurement, tendering and recruitment processes.

In order to meet these challenges, the FM sector needs to attract the best possible talent across the sector and its supply chains.  It needs people who understand and care about sustainability.

Why sustainable FM makes good business sense

How do I develop the skills to embrace sustainability?

Our sustainability assessment will enable you to understand what you need to know and provide a quick 10 point learning plan.

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Business case for sustainable facilities management

Keith Chanter, CEO at EMCOR and Rory Murphy, from Vinci Facilities talk about why implementing sustainability into your FM business makes sense.

Latest facilities management resources

Free-to-access training materials, videos, webinars and resources.

Sustainability Strategy
Modern Slavery
Offsite Manufacture
Modern Slavery

Key FM topics

The following topics can have a serious impact on the FM sector and its supply chain.


Sustainability addresses the social, environmental and economic challenges we face…

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Biodiversity & Ecology

‘Biodiversity’ simply refers to all living things. Every species, no…

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Energy & Carbon

Climate change is the biggest issue of our times and…

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Environmental Management

Environmental Management is the term we use to describe how…

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Business Ethics

The identification, management and mitigation of risk of bribery, corruption…

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The built environment industry can reduce the negative impacts of…

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Sustainable Procurement

Procurement that has the most positive environmental, social and economic…

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It’s essential to monitor water consumption to achieve the Government…

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Waste and Resource Efficiency

Enabling the built environment to move from a linear to…

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Environmental Management in FM

This short animated film illustrates why environmental management is a key issue, and outlines what you can do to achieve effective environmental management within the existing built environment

Environmental Management in FM – Sustainability Short

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