Mace’s net-zero mastermind to take over responsible business division

A “key” figure in Mace’s net-zero carbon strategy has been promoted to oversee the group’s global responsible business division.

James Low, who currently oversees the company’s worldwide responsible business service offer for consultancy and facilities management, will take over as global head of responsible business in May.

Low, who has been with Mace for eight years, has been “instrumental in the company’s drive to reduce industry carbon emissions”, according to a company statement. He played a key role in the development of Mace’s net-zero carbon strategy, Steps without Footprints, and has led a strong period of growth for the consultancy business.

He will replace Isabel McAllister, who has led the responsible business division for the last 10 years.

In 2020, Mace published its new business strategy, setting out clear targets for 2026, central to which is an ambition to accelerate the built environment’s response to the climate emergency.

The strategic priority, to pursue a sustainable world, centres around targets to reduce Mace’s own carbon emissions by 10 per cent year on year, while delivering 1m tonnes of client carbon emissions and creating 500 hectares of biodiversity net gain. The company has set a target to create £700m of value to society by 2026.

James Low, global head of responsible business at Mace, said: “This is an incredibly exciting and important time to be providing responsible business services.

“At Mace, we have a global platform and opportunity to deliver purpose-led projects and programmes that will help accelerate the response to the climate emergency, create social value, and generate biodiversity net gains for governments, businesses and individuals.

“These are no longer future problems. We have to act now, and I’m looking forward to working with colleagues and peers to speed up and scale up our impact.”

Mark Holmes, deputy chairman at Mace, added: “We are more determined than ever to bring about positive change in our industry. We have many carbon challenges to overcome – retrofitting existing buildings, understanding the full lifecycle impacts of new buildings and tackling embodied carbon – and the only way we will succeed is if we step out of our comfort zone, challenge ourselves to think differently and work collaboratively across the industry.”

Mace recently appointed Richard Green as chief operating officer of its Consult business.

The firm has also appointed former Atkins and Jacobs engineers to senior roles as it targets expansion in the pharmaceuticals sector. The construction and consultancy giant named Claire Sedgwick and Sandra Davies as directors with a focus on projects for medicinal drug companies.

Leave a comment