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The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate is a significant national landowner with a diverse portfolio that includes urban centres and development opportunities; one of the largest rural holdings in the country; Regent Street and St James’s in London’s West End; and Windsor Great Park. It also manages the seabed and much of the coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, playing a major role in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector.

The Crown Estate’s work on renewable energy, climate resilience and nature recovery is helping address some of the country’s biggest challenges.

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Preserving our heritage

The green economy is a huge opportunity for the built environment across both established and heritage assets. A case in point is the green transformation of our historic buildings.

Retrofitting the UK’s heritage properties to improve their energy and carbon performance could reduce carbon emissions from the built environment by 5% every year. The Crown Estate’s commitment to sustainability underpins its purpose to deliver financial, social and environmental value to the nation. Its research undertaken in partnership with Grosvenor, Peabody, Historic England, and the National Trust revealed that such retrofitting work would generate £35bn of output annually, while supporting 290,000 valuable jobs.

Jane Wakiwaka, Sustainability Director at The Crown Estate, says the retrofit project currently underway at 36 James’s Street in London demonstrates the economic and social benefits of this strategy.

She says: “Retrofitting our heritage buildings creates new jobs and advances our transition to net zero. Ensuring buildings like this play a positive role in our low carbon, sustainable future is one of the most important things we can do in preserving the country’s heritage.”

Watch the video above to find out more about Jane’s role with The Crown Estate.

Learn more about career opportunities with The Crown Estate

Heritage in the green economy

Watch this interview to learn more about The Crown Estate’s role in our transition to net zero, and what that could mean for you.

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