In 2022, we launched the Sustainable City Charter at a packed-out event with the Westminster Property Association, attended by over 100 property companies and businesses.
Westminster’s world-famous buildings help make London the incredibly exciting and vibrant place it is today. But non-domestic buildings also create about 70% of Westminster’s total carbon emissions, contributing to climate change.
The free Sustainable City Charter is an innovative, business-led climate action pledge for organisations. It contains eight commitments for reducing carbon emissions from non-domestic buildings. These cover areas such as energy use, procurement, transport, waste and deliveries, and include committing to net zero buildings by 2040 or earlier.
The Royal Opera House has recently joined our growing Sustainable City Charter network, and we are excited this iconic global institution has pledged to help us reach net zero by 2040.
Rachael O’Sullivan, Environmental Manager at the Royal Opera House said:
We are thrilled to sign up to the Westminster Sustainable City Charter. The Royal Opera House is committed to achieving our net zero goals and working collaboratively with organisations across London to address the ongoing impacts of climate change.
By signing the charter you are granted access to an evolving toolkit of support and advice designed to help all kinds of businesses in the city regardless of where you are on your journey to tackling climate change. Working together means we can collectively tackle the climate emergency.
You can read the charter and more details about the signup process below.
If your organisation is interested in signing up to the charter, please fill out the short expression of interest form below. A member of our team will then get in touch with you to support you through the next steps.
If you would like more information or have a question that isn’t addressed in the charter document above, get in touch with us at [email protected]
Which organisations can sign up to the charter?
The charter is open to any organisation, whether for profit or not, which owns, manages or occupies one or more non-domestic buildings in Westminster, including micro businesses, major landowners, public bodies, charities and many more.
Why should organisations sign up to the charter?
It’s free to become a charter participant, and we have ensured that the application form is short and simple to fill in. Benefits to becoming a charter participant include:
- Get ahead of proposed government EPC legislation and demonstrate to residents and customers your business’ commitment to tackling the climate emergency. Your business will gain use of charter promotional materials and branding.
- Access a 10% discount on recycling services through Westminster City Council's Commercial Waste Service. This offer is available for new customers only, but participants who are existing customers of this service will be eligible for the offer at contract renewal.
- Gain exclusive access to networking and knowledge-sharing events focused on business climate action, as well as an evolving toolkit of guidance to support you in implementing the charter commitments in your organisation.
- Landlords can use the charter to improve engagement with their occupiers to collectively tackle the climate emergency.
How does the charter sign-up process work?
- Complete the short expression of interest form. A member of the team will then get in touch with you and share the participant application form.
- Once you are ready, submit your full application form via email. This will be your opportunity to provide information about your plans and your baseline emissions. You will also confirm your participation in the charter.
- Once confirmed as a participant, you will demonstrate your action on the charter commitments through an annual progress update based on the data provided through the initial application.