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IWFM Report Says FMs Need More Involvement in Carbon Reduction Plans

IWFM Report Says FMs Need More Involvement in Carbon Reduction Plans
16 February 2024

Research from the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management shows that only 13 per cent of FMs led energy efficiency plans in their organisation.

2 per cent said they had no involvement, 6 per cent had little involvement, 8 per cent had minor involvement and 17 per cent were just ordinary stakeholders.

Most FMs questioned believed they could add value to decarbonisation plans, with 76 per cent saying they could make an impact by managing energy efficiencies and optimising workplace use.

The data is from the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management’s (IWFM) Sustainability Survey 2023, which received 620 responses between August and September 2023. 

Sofie Hooper, Head of Policy and Research at IWFM said:” Every way you look at it, WFMs must be a key stakeholder when drawing up energy and carbon plans. They directly manage the buildings that account for much of the energy and carbon emissions, they understand the art of the possible in terms of change and are best placed to influence the outcomes. Plans without WFMs are flawed from the get-go.”


“To businesses we say, don’t take forward any plans without putting your WFMs central to them. You want to see a clear return on investment after all."

–Linda Hausmanis



Linda Hausmanis, CEO at IWFM added: “We call on all WFMs to put their value into action and take up the opportunity to create and drive forward organisational transition plans. The lack of ownership for net zero delivery within organisations revealed by our research shows a gaping opportunity for our profession.’ 

“To businesses we say, don’t take forward any plans without putting your WFMs central to them. You want to see a clear return on investment after all.

“Both business and WFMs need to be braver in improving the funding model so it’s fit for purpose. This report contains several recommendations for improvements of the pain points, so plans and projects can provide a truly greater return on investment, beyond the £ measure.”

The report is available here. 

Picture: a photograph of Linda Hausmanis. Image Credit: IWFM

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 16 February 2024


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