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GPA issues Biodiversity and Nature Recovery guidance

The Government Property Agency (GPA) has published its Biodiversity and Nature Recovery Annex (BNRA) detailing how it will maintain, protect and improve the natural environment across the extensive estate it manages.

The new annex forms part of the Government Workplace Design Guide.

As the largest office property holder in government, the GPA has an opportunity to improve the environment for the benefit of everyone by playing a part in ceasing the extensive loss of biodiversity in the UK. 

The Annex’s publication demonstrates the commitment of the GPA to protecting the environment. It outlines the key actions it will take to maintain compliance with legal requirements, including adherence to the new Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) mandated planning requirements. It also details how best practice and innovative approaches will be sought to enable the organisation to become a flagship agency in delivering on the Greening Government Commitments. 

In addition to the launch of the BNRA, the Sustainability and Net Zero Annex has also been revised, highlighting how the GPA will continue to deliver buildings that are fit-for-purpose, energy-efficient, and sustainable. 

The documents will enable the GPA’s activity to be relevant to TIP2030, the construction playbook and the BNG mandated planning requirements.

Dr Miguel Godfrey, Head of Sustainability at the GPA, said: “We are committed to enabling nature to thrive and recognise that we do not exist in isolation, humanity is connected to nature and we are all part of the bigger ecological picture, not separate from it.”

Photo by Palle Knudsen on Unsplash

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