Real estate, facilities management and construction

First Base

First Base is a mixed-use developer with a mission to deliver long-term social value for communities across the UK. First Base’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its work is essential to this goal.
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2 years

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Absolute carbon reduction

Reporting Boundary: London office operations (91 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0EF)

Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, homeworking energy (not included in total footprint), business travel, paper

Reporting Period: 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020


Total carbon footprint

11.5 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

0.8 tCO2e


FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG’s.


Certification sotry

First Base, a mixed-use developer with a mission to deliver long-term social value for communities across the UK, has achieved Planet Mark certification.

This is First Base’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. 

First Base’s total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2020 was 11.5 tCO2e, a reduction of 18.9%. First Base’s total carbon per employee in the year ending 2020 was 0.8 tCO2e, an increase of 12.3%.  

Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“I am delighted that First Base has managed to surpass its carbon reduction target for this year. After measuring its carbon footprint and formalising targets, the developer has sailed beyond expectations this year. The team’s dedication to sustainability is clear to see in its development work, and this has now been extended to its business and operational emissions. I’m delighted to work with First Based, and hope that this partnership continues to flourish.”
Douglas Higgins
Project Director and Head of Sustainability
First Base
“Reducing carbon emissions during the height of the pandemic in 2020 was relatively straight forward for most businesses with the enforced restrictions on travel and home working. However, First Base is committed to reducing its future carbon emissions even beyond this anomaly by limiting unnecessary travel, employing locally and encouraging more sustainable forms of transport, such as walking, cycling, trains and electric vehicles.”

Certification story

Douglas added “One such measure, was to become a member of CycleScheme in mid-2020 in order to encourage employees to invest in a bicycle to reduce demand on public transport, improve their health and avoid potential infection. For 2021, we have already implemented some further measures to reduce our office footprint by working more flexibly and sourcing all our energy from renewables.”

First Base is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its projects as part of its mission to deliver long-term social value for communities across the UK. The company has regularly placed sustainability at the heart of its designs and has backed this up by declaring a climate emergency. The company is in the process of undertaking a thorough review of its business and will publish a Climate Emergency Plan stating what it will do to meet the target for zero carbon emissions. From its very first scheme nearly 20 years ago in Hackney to its most recent project in Brighton, the developer has exceeded what’s required to reduce our impact on the environment.

The construction industry must act swiftly on climate change. Responsible for a huge portion of the world’s emissions, the industry needs to make progress on both operational and on-site carbon emissions by embracing pioneering technologies and ways of working. 

Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually.

As part of the Planet Mark certification, First Base has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.

Reach net zero carbon by 2030.

First Base has committed to operating at net zero carbon by 2030.

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