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Developers Target Absolute Zero Carbon in Green Office Arms Race

  • Dutch company Edge is the latest firm to make the pledge
  • The commitment rules out any carbon offsetting for projects
Companies searching for new office space in London are increasingly making net zero carbon a requirement. 

Companies searching for new office space in London are increasingly making net zero carbon a requirement. 

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A small clutch of developers is upping the ante in the green arms race for office space by pledging to do away with the crutch of carbon offsetting.

Dutch developer Edge is the latest firm committing to reach absolute zero carbon on its new developments by at least 2050, according to a statement Thursday. That means its future projects will eventually be built and operated in a way that requires no tree planting to mitigate their impact, trumping the new breed of net-zero developments being promoted by many of Europe’s largest landlords that will require offsets to reach their goals.