The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) has appointed Paul Edwards, Hammerson's Head of Sustainability as its new Chairman. The BBP is a collaboration of fifteen of the largest commercial property owners in the UK, who aim to improve the sustainability of existing commercial building stock and deliver significant savings in CO2 emissions.
Paul takes over the role of Chairman from Peter Clarke, who held the position for four years. As Head of Sustainability at Hammerson, Paul drives value from the REIT's portfolio focusing on five main performance areas: climate change and energy; resource use; community regeneration; supply chain and customers.
Since joining in 2007, Paul has led the team to achieve a 21% reduction in carbon emissions across the Hammerson portfolio from 2006 baseline figures. Hammerson recently ranked top of European listed Property companies on the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmarking survey.
Before Hammerson, Paul worked for 10 years in Australia, USA and Asia, for Lend Lease and Arup. His projects in Australia won over 40 sustainability awards and delivered the first 5-star ABGR and 5 Green-star As Built ratings.
Paul Edwards commented: "The BBP is a fantastic organisation and I am extremely proud to take on this role and excited about the challenge. We have achieved some great results under Peter's tenure and I hope we can continue to deliver toolkits and take forward initiatives that help the property industry to move forward towards a low carbon future."
Keith Bugden, Executive Programme Director of the BBP commented: "This is an exciting time in the development of the BBP and I am very much looking forward to working with Paul over the coming months, to take forward the BBP's ambitious plans for this year and into the future."
Source: Better Buildings Partnership