News and views from the British Council for Offices.
14 Jan 2022
BCO 2022 Conference: leading our industry towards a more sustainable future
The full programme for the conference will soon be
revealed once bookings open on 19 January 2022. As we look forward to welcoming many of you to our
upcoming annual conference, Chief Executive of the British Council
for Offices, Richard Kauntze shares his motivations for the
long-awaited in-person event, which will provide an unprecedented
opportunity to revaluate and redefine the role of the office as we
Last year Greater Manchester’s inaugural
Green Summit saw the city’s mayor, Andy Burnham outline ambitious
plans for a region where “all businesses need to become green
As issues of climate
change and sustainability are pushed higher up the agenda across
industries, including our own, what better city to host the BCO’s next annual
conference than Manchester?
The three-day event
will provide an exciting opportunity for industry experts to exchange
thoughts upon the key requirements for future workplaces, of which
creating a more sustainable world will play a critical part.
Although the recent
COP26 climate change conference has accelerated the sustainability
debate, extended lockdowns had already brought renewed scrutiny of
the office’s environmental impact - particularly the carbon cost of
commuting and the need to improve energy inefficiencies.
Our sector is
already working hard to make offices greener, to drive new
technologies and modern approaches to the workplace that can overhaul
how Britain constructs, designs and equips its buildings - something
which will be crucial to any post-Covid ‘green rebuild’. But, as
ever, there is much more to be done.
It won’t be easy,
but by working together towards this common goal, I believe our
industry, and all the talent it employs, can achieve truly remarkable
growth towards a more sustainable future for British offices.
In my mind, the key
to success lies in our ability to adapt quickly to new technologies
and innovative practices, which I look forward to discussing with you
throughout the conference.
Kauntze Chief Executive,
British Council for Offices
The conference is taking place 14-16 June 2022 in Manchester. Register hereto receive BCO's e-newsletters to receive a notification when the full programme is revealed and bookings open!