Lack of green skills threatens decarbonisation of London offices




The worsening green skills crisis in the capital prompted the City of London Corporation to set up a high-level industry task force to map and fill a serious gap.

The new Skills for a Sustainable Skyline task force involves contractors like Mace and Willmott Dixon and building services body BESA, sitting alongside clients and consultants.

It was created three years ago after a poll of 100 industry professionals found around 90% feared a growing green skills gap.

The task force will support the goals of the City Corporation’s Radical Climate Action Strategy, which commits to net zero carbon emissions in City Corporation operations by 2027, and support the achievement of net zero for the Square Mile by 2040.

Chris Hayward, Chair of the Skills for a Sustainable Skylines Task Force and Deputy Chair of the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee, said: “Central London is in urgent need of a skilled workforce. more important to decarbonize its commercial buildings and this working group will lead the way in finding solutions. to address this skills gap.

“We must work at pace to attract new talent as well as upskill and reskill the existing workforce as we seek to achieve our ambitious climate action goals.

“The areas we have identified as having the greatest room for improvement are the full development lifecycle, including design, modernization, construction and maintenance.”

Taskforce Strategic Steering Committee


  • Bola Abisogun, Founder and Executive Director, Urbanis
  • Tim Balcon, CEO, Construction Industry Training Board
  • Julia Barrett, Director of Sustainability, Wilmot Dixon
  • David Frize, CEO, Building Engineering Services Association and Executive Group Member, Actuate UK
  • Martin Gettings, Director of Sustainability, Brookfield
  • Alison Gowman, Consultant at DLA Piper UK and Sheriff of the City of London Corporation
  • Emma Hoskyn, UK Sustainability Manager, JLL
  • Sir Stuart Lipton, Co-Founder and Partner, Lipton Rogers
  • Carol Lynch, Executive Director, Construction Youth Trust
  • Iain McIlwee, CEO, Finishes and Interiors Sector
  • Fiona Morey, Professional Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank University
  • Benjamin O’Connor, Director, New London Architecture
  • Stephen Pomeroy, Founder and Managing Director, BECG
  • Hannah Vickers, Chief of Staff, Mace
  • Danna Walker, Founder, Built by Us






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