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The green agenda is still important


At the time of writing the country is enjoying a period of eerily quiet, blue skies although those stranded by the volcanic plume may feel this is small compensation.

No doubt boffins will furiously be calculating whether the drop in aviation pollution has been offset by an increase in the use of other forms of transport.

This is a good example of the way environmental concerns now permeate our lives, and this also holds true for the property market.

For example, five years ago suppliers wishing to work with big lenders may have answered a single question on environmental policy as part of the vetting procedure.

But these days the topic often merits an entire section of tender documentation, leaving no doubt that leading organisations are serious about this area.

While resources are likely to be stretched for some time the government is keen to explore and support the concept of green mortgages, and has set ambitious targets for energy-efficient housing to form a growing part of the nation’s stock.

With many other pressures on business it may be tempting to let green concerns slip down the agenda but for those who take the subject seriously I predict a growing opportunity.

We have a good understanding of our environmental impact and with the support of our staff have begun to have a positive influence on this. It feels good to have begun making a difference.



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