Thakeham Becomes UK’s First SME Housebuilder to Join the United Nations’ ‘Race To Zero’ Campaign9th February 2021
Thakeham is proud become the UK’s first housebuilder. We now sit alongside leading companies, governments, cities and regions who have joined the United Nations’ Race to Zero campaign.
The ‘Race to Zero’ is a United Nations’ campaign – driven by science – designed to aggregate leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery. The campaign also aims to prevent future threats, create decent jobs, and unlock inclusive, sustainable growth.
We are now one of only five housebuilders in the construction sector globally to join the ‘Race To Zero’, along with 454 cities, 23 regions, 1,397 businesses, 74 of the biggest investors, and 569 universities who are already committed to the campaign.
They have all pledged to take action to halve the earth’s greenhouse gas emissions before 2030, achieve net zero emissions before 2050, and to disclose their progress on a yearly basis.
Before joining the ‘Race To Zero’, as a business, we had already committed to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2025. The home developer pledged that every Thakeham home will be zero carbon in lifetime operation; that each home built will be carbon neutral in production; and, Thakeham Group as a whole will also be a zero carbon business.
Rob Boughton, CEO, Thakeham Group, said: “Thakeham is proud to join the ‘Race To Zero’ and sign up to the SME Climate Commitment. Our three big zero carbon commitments already mean we will deliver on the ‘Race To Zero’ goals ahead of schedule.
“The ‘Race To Zero’ is an important global campaign. It gives us the opportunity to share the lessons we learn on our journey to zero carbon. We hope our pledge will encourage others in the industry to make a similar commitment. The first step is to simply recognise the threat that climate change poses and then to take action; as we all must.”
Thakeham Group has recently been acknowledged for its high-level commitment to advancing sustainability within the industry by the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). The award of Gold membership acknowledged Thakeham’s use of the resources to share knowledge with the wider supply chain as a method of ensuring continuous sustainability improvement.
Thakeham is a member of the House Builders Federation’s Future Homes Taskforce, as an exemplar business, puts Thakeham in the position of leading the industry and demonstrating the art of the possible. Thakeham believes in sharing knowledge, being the agents for change and inspiring a way forward.