As a Company, our greatest opportunity to improve environmental performance lies within our construction activities where we have the most direct impact. In in June 2020, we announced that all new developments within the Tritax Symmetry portfolio would be built to deliver net zero carbon emissions in construction, in line with the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.
To achieve this, we will mitigate the embodied carbon generated by our development programme by funding high-quality, accredited and verified offset schemes. At the same time, we will continue to carry out research with our specialist consultants and construction supply chain to further reduce embodied carbon in construction. We will also maintain a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ on all new buildings and aim for an EPC rating of ‘A’, while proactively working with customers towards achieving net zero carbon in operational use.
Following the announcement, Tritax Symmetry is now delivering its first net zero carbon in construction building for DPD, at Symmetry Park Bicester. This along with the net zero carbon in construction of our asset at Co-Op Biggleswade, marks significant progress to reduce the Group’s carbon footprint, offsetting [xx] tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.