I can’t believe that it’s already been a year since we made the decision to close our offices around Europe and work from home to protect our employees from the coronavirus.
A year ago, Longevity was a boutique advisory firm with a team of 23 passionate sustainability experts across the UK, France and the Netherlands. Today we have almost trebled, and I feel very privileged to be leading an incredible team of 60 consultants and engineers based in our San Francisco, Austin, New York, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and London offices. With 25 more colleagues joining us in the next few months to respond to client demand, Longevity will be one of the largest specialist firms to deliver the transition to the new climate economy globally.
2021 started with plenty of good news for Longevity. The Biden Administration has re-joined the Paris Accords (a real game changer in international environmental politics) and we have placed 4 secondees to coordinate in-house ESG management programmes for two of the largest property investment management firms in Europe. We also secured pan-European and global ESG implementation and coordination mandates as our presence grows in Europe, the US and Asia. And last but not least, our building optimisation team and technical expertise has grown substantially as we secured instructions for ESG and climate risk due diligence services for acquisitions of equity and debt investment projects across Europe.
Our unique presence on the ground, combined with our international and multidisciplinary expertise makes us a popular choice for international property investment companies and property developers to deliver their net zero carbon transition programmes on the ground and stay ahead of the curve on investors’ requirements.
In the next few months, we’ll launch Longevity Power, our subsidiary entirely dedicated to renewable energy, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and carbon compensation. The new venture will be led by Anthony Maguire and his fantastic team. We’ll also launch new business units for climate resilience (managed by Olivia O’Brien) and health and wellbeing (managed by Divya Hariramani).
The pandemic gave us a great opportunity to create better office space to collaborate creatively, so we have expanded our UK headquarters in Marylebone (the fit out was of course SKA rated). As an anecdote, our patio hosts one of the largest trees around Oxford Circus and we’ll be including more biodiversity initiatives to increase our connection with nature at work.
Current times offer us a splendid opportunity to rethink real estate, integrate the most advanced technologies to improve health and well-being at work and reduce its impact on nature. Now is not the time to look in the rearview mirror. Let's move forward and build the responsible cities that our children will live in tomorrow!