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downloads iconkey messages iconinfo iconSUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
INTRODUCTION

Across the EU Urban mobility accounts for 40% of all CO2 emissions from road transport and up to 70% of other pollutants from transport. The EU Climate and Energy Package targets call for a 20% cut in emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020, compared with 1990 levels; a 20% increase in the share of renewables in the energy mix; and a 20% cut in energy consumption.

The European Transport Plan aims to increase mobility and further integrate the EU’s transport networks – while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the bloc’s dependence on imported oil. It includes a target of no more conventionally fuelled cars on cities by 2050. The European Action Plan in Urban Mobility proposes twenty measures - ranging from improved information to better planning and financing mechanisms - to encourage and help local, regional and national authorities in achieving their goals for sustainable urban mobility.

Business parks have some specific challenges when it comes to sustainable mobility. They are charaterised by workers arriving and leaving at the same times. They are often out of town and/or badly serviced by public transport and in some places workers have to leave at lunchtime as there are no facilities on site.

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downloads iconkey messages iconinfo iconSUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
5 KEY MESSAGES

What can business park managers do to promote sustainable mobility?

  • Raise awareness about sustainable mobility amongst employers and workers - hold meetings, events, talks, workshops, days to try out new modes, links on websites, real-time information displays. Use ICT tools - the future of mobility is in your pocket (smartphone).
  • Help businesses to understand and quantify the business case for greener or cleaner mobility.
  • Acknowledge different organisational roles and responsibilities and work with other key stakeholders where appropriate (travel authorities), especially on inter-modality.
  • Base action on evidence and knowledge of existing travel patterns on the business park.
  • Acknowledge that changing travel behaviour is a collective and an individual responsibility - consider incentives and rewards to prompt people to change behaviour.
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INTRODUCTION

Much is being done to develop new sustainable buildings and business parks, the problem of existing building stock and business parks is often ignored. Many of the parks managed by GreenFit partners are home to buildings which, built in the 1970’s and 1980’s, are neither ‘green’ nor fit for purpose for 21st century businesses. Demolition and new build is clearly one option. But is that actually sustainable from an economic or environmental viewpoint? Or should those responsible for the management and maintenance of business parks explore other options for how best to refurbish those buildings to optimise their green credentials and at the same time improve their lettability.

There are multiple drivers for change and perhaps the most powerful of all is legislation. The European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the ensuing national legislation set in stone ambitious targets for CO2 emissions from buildings. As well as these legislative requirements there is a recognition that fossil fuels are running out and other energy production and storage options needs to be developed.

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5 KEY MESSAGES

What can business park managers do to improve the sustainability of buildings on their parks?

  • We need to consider new and different ways of producing and storing energy from buildings - every building surface can be considered as a potential producer of energy.
  • Alongside production and the use of renewables in buildings we need to consider intelligent consumption patterns and the use of smart grids.
  • One building’s positive energy can be used in another building’s processes. A business park provides an ideal setting for clustering high and low energy users and producers in this way.
  • Sustainability is the point at which environmental, economic and social agendas converge. All of these issues need to be considered in a fully sustainable building.
  • We need living laboratories which people can visit to better understand what a sustainable building looks and feels like and learn how to use it.
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downloads iconkey messages iconinfo iconENERGY EFFICIENCY & PRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION

The Directive on Energy Performance in Buildings (EPBD) is the principal European level legislative instrument affecting energy use and efficiency in the building sector in the EU. As buildings consume more than 40 % of Europe’s energy use, there is significant potential for cost-effective energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions in both new and existing buildings. If the untapped potential for cost-effective energy savings is realised, it is estimated that in 2020 the EU will consume 11 % less final energy. The way that this directive is being implemented in the UK and France - and its potential impact on business parks as a whole - is covered in detail in the GreenFit Mapping Study, available in the DOWNLOADS section.

At the same time, the price of energy continues to rise and projections are quite clear that this upward trend will only continue. When considering energy issues in business parks, the 'energy hierarchy' is a useful tool:

  • Energy demand reduction is the quickest, easiest and most efficient first step.
  • Then energy efficiency should be considered - e.g. LED lighting, better insulation etc.
  • Low carbon technologies are the next level up e.g. CHP, Biogas, Biomass.
  • Renewable energy production comes next (solar, thermal, pv, wind turbines).
  • Finally, allowable solutions such as off site provision of energy are the final possible step.
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5 KEY MESSAGES

What can business park managers to do promote energy efficiency, use of renewables and even energy production amongst businesses and employees?

  • Remember that energy efficiency hits multiple public policy objectives (carbon reduction, growth, civic leadership, affordable energy, green economy, planning diversity etc).
  • Apply the energy hierarchy at every stage of discussion, development and delivery. Piggy back ‘golden moments’ – connect when major refurbishments are planned or major redevelopments scheduled.
  • Understand where the energy is being consumed. Reduce energy demand first - this is the most efficient, simplest, lowest cost ‘hit’.
  • Choose future- and future-proof technologies - think long term and be ambitious.
  • Choose partners that align well e.g. share same length of ambition. Get the governance right and keep working on it.
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downloads iconkey messages iconinfo iconCERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION
INTRODUCTION

Those responsible for the management and maintenance of business parks use a range of methods to help them reflect upon and tackle sustainability challenges. Certification and accreditation programmes - formal and informal, local, national and international - are often seen as providing a framework within which to address such issues. There is a plethora of national and international certification and environmental management schemes (such as ISO14001, BREEAM etc) as well as local programmes which provide stepping stones towards better environmental management systems.

There are many benefits to using accreditation and certification schemes. For example:

  • They provide external recognition of environmental efforts which can help to differentiate sites which make effort from those that don't.
  • They help to mobilise different stakeholders - including employers, employees, companies and users – and give them a common goal to work towards together.
  • The provide a clear working method and a structure for reflection which is multi themed and engages multiple actors.

However, they are not an end in themselves. Rather they provide a structured and systematic framework within which stakeholders can review and improve their management and practices.

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downloads iconkey messages iconinfo iconCERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION
5 KEY MESSAGES

How can business park managers use certification schemes to improve the sustainability of their business parks?

  • Park managers need to focus on constant improvement and avoid ‘hollow’ or overly simplistic measures purely aimed at achieving certification. Certification is a means to an end, not an end it itself.
  • The main advantages are gaining external recognition of environmental efforts and the impact this has on mobilising different stakeholders around a common objective, using a clear and structured working method.
  • These systems give a framework. They are best used from the outset – when developing a business park and help managers to consider levels of performance in different domains.
  • Park managers need a different type of governance – a new way of thinking about and doing things. Certification schemes help achieve this.
  • It is the structured reflection behind certification which adds value and improves the quality and sustainability of business parks.
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downloads iconkey messages iconinfo iconBEHAVIOUR CHANGE
INTRODUCTION

A wide range of technologies exist which aim to help businesses and communities move towards a lower carbon economy. Many of these rely on people to use them correctly in order to work effectively. There are also lots of small changes that individuals and businesses can make to the way that they operate - their behaviour, culture and habits - which can make a big difference to the sustainability agenda.

We often talk about behaviour change but what do we actually mean? Although making it happen is complicated, the impact is simple e.g.:

  • 'Today I don't recycle; Tomorrow I do.'
  • 'Today I drive to work; Tomorrow I cycle.'

Changing the behaviour of individuals using business parks, businesses located there and organisations responsible for their management are clearly prerequisites of any move towards the green business park of the future.

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downloads iconkey messages iconinfo iconBEHAVIOUR CHANGE
5 KEY MESSAGES

What can business park managers to do promote behaviour change amongst businesses and employees?

  • Understand where the energy is being consumed (put the effort into changing the areas that are consuming the most energy).
  • Prioritise the behaviours you want to change (find out where most carbon is used and see if behaviour change is feasible to make a difference to that use).
  • Define the outcomes you want to achieve. Have clear targets, know what success looks like. Measure and monitor progress.
  • Secure senior management engagement – need to be visibly supportive and empower their staff. Build the right behaviour change team – it needs to be multidisciplinary – IT/marketing/communications etc.
  • Hold meetings, events, talks, workshops , links on websites. Make it interesting fun and relevant, use campaigns and competitions or peer to peer learning.
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download icongallery iconinfo icon GREENFIT
INTRODUCTION

GreenFit, part funded by the INTERREG IVA Channel Programme, aimed to develop a holistic approach to the greening of outdated business parks. The partners (see map in DOWNOADS) from the South East of England and Northern France, explored the following 5 key themes between 2012 and 2015:

  • SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY & PRODUCTION
  • SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
  • BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
  • CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION

This toolbox brings together the project findings, stakeholder interviews and factsheets for the good practices and presents key messages for each of the themes.

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