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NEt zero

Building a sustainable future

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BECG is working with the public and private sectors to discuss the UK’s journey to net zero, to better explain the action being taken by people and companies working throughout the built environment, and to help shape local and national policy.

The UK Government has committed to the world’s most ambitious climate change target, including a 78% carbon reduction by 2035, and achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050. To achieve this strategic aim, the Government has set out plans for a green industrial revolution to achieve lasting, fundamental change across the economy.

But the only way this can be successful is through effective engagement with industry, the business community, local stakeholders and the wider public on the net zero agenda.

This page showcases our work with clients and original thinking in this area from our multi-disciplinary team of experts across the group including Cavendish Advocacy and Liberty One.

BECG will be continuing to champion the Built Environment’s role across the UK in building a more sustainable future and achieving Net Zero.

Our net zero team

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Jamie Gordon

Executive Director

Jamie Gordon
Executive Director

Jamie leads BECG’s work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has over 25 years’ experience in delivering strategic and operational communications programmes and advises on some of the UK’s largest projects from offshore wind farms to nuclear power stations. He has also worked on numerous smaller schemes for clients such as Solar Securities, Good Energy and JMB Solar.

Jamie sits on various advisory panels covering infrastructure, particularly those connected with Net Zero, and he is a Director at Community Energy South, an organisation that is currently receiving funded from Westminster to look at a national roll out of their Pathways programme which helps communities and Local Authorities develop shared ownership Net Zero initiatives.

He has been involved in the drafting of numerous Best Practice documents including the ‘Community Engagement Good Practice Guidance’ for the Solar Trade Association, now Solar Energy UK, see: BRE-NSC_Good-Practice-Guide  and has recently advised on an updated to the guidelines.

Olivia White

Associate Director

Olivia White
Associate Director

Olivia has extensive experience in stakeholder management and consultation delivery on significant infrastructure projects,
particularly in energy and transport.

Olivia joined BECG from CGN where she was the Senior Communications Manager for a proposed new nuclear power station in Essex, Bradwell B. Her role involved establishing and delivering a comprehensive communications strategy which supported the project’s development in a meaningful and coherent way. Working within the extremely high profile and political UK energy market, Olivia built effective relationships with local and regional stakeholders, helping to communicate the benefits of nuclear facilities including their contribution towards achieving net zero targets.

She has an in-depth understanding of the Development Consent Order (DCO) process having worked on several public and private schemes through consultation and examination, including A303 Stonehenge, Lake Lothing Third Crossing, Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing and Drax Re-power.

 

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Steven Park

Executive Director

Steven Park
Executive Director

Steven has over 20 years experience working in public affairs and communications and is one of Scotland’s leading specialists in the politics of planning in the built environment sector. Having represented a diverse mix of clients and sectors across Scotland, Steven’s vast experience coupled with his knowledge and understanding of the political landscape in Scotland, provides clients with unrivalled strategic guidance and support, ensuring that their investments and commercial aspirations are robustly looked after.

Verity Barr

Board Director

Verity Barr
Board Director

Verity leads our PR team and has 20 years’ experience developing and delivering integrated strategic and creative communications campaigns that directly meet business objectives and deliver measurable results.

A built environment specialist, Verity has worked across both the private and public sectors with organisations in the property, energy, infrastructure and construction industries, providing strategic counsel as well as devising and managing the delivery of creative marcomms and media-based campaigns.

 

Krystian Groom

Director – Head of Development

Krystian Groom
Director – Head of Development

With substantial experience in the industry, Krystian has delivered projects for major housebuilders, strategic land promoters, energy providers, commercial developers, logistics operators, Housing Associations, local authorities and government departments.

He has led on a number of our high-profile, complex consultation and stakeholder engagement programmes and his expert understanding of the development process at all tiers has helped secure allocations and planning consents across the UK.

Krystian plays a key role in thought leadership within BECG, working with colleagues to spearhead initiatives such as the Neurodiversity in Planning Engagement Toolkit, various research reports from the polling of councillors and MPs and our programme of varied events.

Matthew Crisp

Director

Matthew Crisp
Director

Matthew leads our North team in Manchester. Having held in-house and agency communications and stakeholder engagement roles, he has over a decade of public, private and third-sector experience.

He has devised and overseen delivery of strategies to secure planning consents across the energy, transport, residential, retail and regeneration sectors, including NSIPs requiring DCOs.

Former Communications Manager at Transport for the North, his experience spanned corporate communications functions from inception to its establishment as England’s first Sub-National Transport Body.

Matthew is also a trustee for UK-based charity Health Care South Sudan.

If you’d like to find out more about our expertise and how we can support your business then please get in touch with one of our specialists through the form below: