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City of London launch #NetZero #GreenSkills Report!

It was a very humbling double celebration for me, today [09.08.23]; so please, allow me to indulge and share just a smidgen of what proved to be a truly memorable day of absolute firsts.

Not only did I get to spend some quality time with a great industry ally and fellow UCEM Alumni, in the form of Mark Farmer [UK Govt Advisor on all things MMC] I got to celebrate my recent #Honorary #Degree Award from @UCEM with him too.

UCEM Honorary Awards Community _2023 recipients; July 2023

We obviously tried to put the world to rights [as you do!] and shared deep and wide perspective on what ‘leading from the front’ means today and then proceeded to talk about other things, including current global #economic pains, #buildingsafety, #netzero, #digitaltransformation, #competency #socialvalue, #diversityequityandinclusion, overseas opportunities and of course, the #MMC sector and its ongoing challenges [and emerging opportunities].

Many have said and continue to say that #workingfromhome has killed the art of face-to-face conversation, but catching up with industry peers [like my mate Mark!] is so important and something we should all try to do, whenever we can.

Celebrating with ‘Sir’ Mark Farmer; Cast Consultancy / #ModerniseOrDie

Today [09.08.23] also marks the official launch of the Skyline Skills Recommendations Report 2023, led by a Taskforce Strategy Steering Board ‘SSB’ which is Chaired by Keith Bottomley, City of London Corporation with Charles Begley, CEO of the City Property Association / Westminster Property Alliance, Deputy Chair.

Launched last year April 2022, the taskforce is a ‘who’s who’ of 15 industry leaders [including yours truly, now making the case for wider adoption of #digitaltwins via the Digital Twin Skills Academy and DT Hub]

The City of London Corporation – Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce (April 2022)

The evidence is clear and compelling ........ and our work as a sector has been clearly set out and defined

The Building Energy Performance of Commercial Real Estate has become a critical component in our collective ambition to reduce carbon emissions ..... and Digital Twins have a critical role to play!!

Just as with the Building Safety Act 2022 [in the UK], asset owners across London have to become 'more intelligent' as they are now forced / inspired to become more responsible about the 'carbon-toxicity' of their built assets and/or real estate portfolios

It's not rocket science by any stretch of the imagination but ....... the numbers will only increase over time, if the status-quo prevails .........

BUT _ where will 'cultural and behavioural change' fit into the wider challenge of attracting [and sustaining] a new cohort of industry talent?

Thematic approaches may work well for a fragmented and disparate sector like construction; but we will still need to collaborate in 'real-time' .........

Policy development should be a considered and contextual affair and one that fully embraces the entire value-chain ........ in seeking to deliver better value-based, socio-economic outcomes.

Central London is globally renowned for its commercial built environment however, it lacks the skilled workers needed to decarbonise its commercial built environment. This includes workforce gaps in the #digitalskills #design, #construction, #retrofit and building #maintenance sub-sectors. As a Taskforce we are working with employers, training providers, industry bodies and government to ensure that we have the skilled people we need to build and maintain a world class Net Zero commercial built environment.

The built environment sector also suffers from both an ageing workforce and a lack of diversity. Our taskforce is very kindly supported by another 50+ Associate Members, all of whom are sector leaders drawn from across the London market, and who remain committed to supporting the delivery of a number of key workstreams by 2025. We are making great progress towards the wider 2040 Climate Action Strategy objective and determined to decarbonise EVERY commercial office building in the City of London and across the Central London Forward area ……

Chris Oldham, Senior Policy & Programme Manager [Innovation & Growth]

Sending huge thanks to the SSB Taskforce ‘Engine Room’ which is project managed by Chris Oldham and his wider team [Olivia Larkin, Amelia Axelsen and Gloria Odeyemi, to name just a few].

Skyline Skills Recommendations Report 2023 _ published on 09.08.23


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