Nationwide names climate ambassador as sustainability advisor

He will advise on sustainability, climate change and its green homes ambition

Nationwide names climate ambassador as sustainability advisor

Nationwide Building Society has appointed climate ambassador Chris Brown as its Board Advisor for Sustainability.

Brown, founder and executive chair of igloo Regeneration, will advise on a wide remit including sustainability, climate change and the built environment.

He has joined Nationwide following his role at COP26, where he was one of the Built Environment Climate Ambassadors, championing the development of a Net Zero roadmap for the UK.

Brown has an established relationship with Nationwide through Oakfield, the mutual’s EPC-A rated neighbourhood being developed in its hometown of Swindon, where igloo Regeneration is the development manager.

“This relationship between Chris and Nationwide is testament to our mutually-minded approach, where people come together to solve more together than they can alone, which will be critical if we are to rise to this unprecedented challenge and help the country meet its net zero target by 2050,” Claire Tracey, chief strategy and sustainability officer at Nationwide, said.

Brown will work with Nationwide’s board to support them on its ambition to lead the greening of the UK’s 29 million homes, which account for around 16% of the country’s carbon emissions.

Read more: Nationwide announces green home initiative.

“The UK has some of the coldest, leakiest homes in Europe and the resulting impact of this through higher energy bills, fuel poverty and ill health is neither acceptable, nor sustainable. The need to retrofit our homes has never been more pressing and I’m looking forward to working with Nationwide to drive this agenda forward,” Brown said.