26 June 2007 — London (UK): The British Council for Offices (BCO) has reacted to the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) proposal to double the amount of energy used to run new buildings in the capital coming from renewable sources to 20 percent by 2008.
In a statement outlining its somewhat mixed support, the BCO said: "Members of the BCO support the GLA’s strategy to make London a world leader in the development of a low carbon city and are keen that the office sector should play its part in contributing to this strategy. However, our research shows that although it is possible for office developments to reach the proposed targets, a more holistic approach is required incorporating multiple strategies to produce greater reductions in carbon.
"Whilst reductions in carbon emissions are vital for the continued success of the office sector, the narrow focus of this policy document is unlikely to encourage innovation across the sector. A broader and less prescriptive approach to carbon reduction is essential to recognise the difficulties faced by office developments especially by tall buildings in city centres where space is limited."