Stephen Albin

The Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW is searching for a new chief executive after Stephen Albin was announced new managing director of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Oceania.

His previous roles include director, Macquarie Bank, deputy CEO Tourism Task force Australia and national policy manager, Property Council of Australia.

The Oceania division of RICS has been keenly involved in sustainability issues in the built environment and internationally there is also serious commitment, especially as the global climate talks, COP22, get underway at Marrakech this week.

A statement from RICS (international) said:

At COP22 in Morocco, RICS once again fulfils its role as a founding partner in the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) which is a coalition of over 90 countries and non-state actors aiming to work towards a low carbon and resilient building sector.

The GABC was launched at COP21 last year and has become a powerful and collective voice mandated to unite the whole built environment value chain to reduce the impact of construction and buildings on the climate.

“Paris was historic in delivering a global agreement that saw developed countries who are among the biggest carbon emitters, and developing countries, who largely suffer the consequences of these emissions, come together to agree that urgent action is needed to curb the effects of climate change. Now, one year on in Marrakech, RICS will once again join our global partners and look to consolidate and coordinate our efforts in pursuit of the commitments we all agreed to at COP21. I am proud of our role in making the Paris Agreement a reality together with our partners in the GABC,” RICS CEO said.

Within the GABC, RICS is co-leading a working group with the International Energy Agency to investigate how more systematic data collection, consistency and accountability can drive better policymaking and higher levels of energy efficiency investments in buildings.

RICS is encouraging stakeholders across the built environment to support its COP22 efforts by participating in the GABC’s “Data Capture and Management Survey”. The survey calls on the whole built environment value chain – such as built environment professionals, policymakers, financing institutions, investors as well as building owners and tenants – to provide insights on the type of data they are currently collect, for what purpose, and the specific challenges they are facing regarding more systematic data capture and management.

“Buildings Day in Paris gave us a mandate. As professionals we now need to act on it. To track progress on their COP21 commitments, governments and stakeholders alike need solid baseline data and measurement. Our position as a standard-setter and global professional body means we can provide tools and services that will help to create greater consistency and transparency on actual environmental performance,” Ursula Hartenberger, RICS global head of sustainability, said.