Sustainable Agent, a new members-owned eco-scheme for agents and property management companies, has announced a tie-in with review and awards platform ESTAS.
As we revealed on Estate Agent Today on Monday, the scheme has been set up by review and awards service allAgents - a rival to the ESTAS.
The scheme is open to those agents and management firms that voluntarily pledge to become a zero-carbon business and manager of carbon efficient or carbon neutral residential properties.
Now ESTAS supremo Simon Brown has been named as a co-founder of Sustainable Agent.
Vincent Friel of allAgents says: “Whilst we compete in the same sector, I have always had the greatest respect for Simon and when this conversation came up, we realised that wanting to do something to reduce the carbon footprint in the property industry was on both our radars.
“If we can work together for the good of our environment, then so can anyone else within the industry.”
Brown adds: “The environmental crisis we are facing as a planet is far bigger than our rivalry as competitors so when Vincent approached me it was a no brainer.
“We have a huge responsibility collectively in the residential property sector with 20 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions coming from our homes. We simply have to do something and do it now. I really hope we can galvanise agents to join the scheme and show the general public that, contrary to popular misperceptions, they really do care.”
More founding members will be announced over the coming weeks, and the new organisation is asking for agents and management firms to sign up here.