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UKBCSD Chair joins Prologis to spearhead sustainable development and government engagement

8 November 2022
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Jason Longhurst, Chair of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development (UKBCSD), has been appointed UK Head of Sustainable Investment & Development at Prologis.

The global logistics company has created the new role as part of plans to strengthen its position as one of the world’s most sustainable corporations.

Jason joins Prologis from his role as Strategic Director of Place at the Bradford City Council, where he developed Bradford position as the UK’s leading Clean Growth city district and delivered the UK’s largest clean growth emerging testbed at Esholt a site which will be home to 150 new eco-friendly homes and more than one million square feet of prime workspace, earmarked for biotech, cleantech and agritech firms.

Jason is one of the UK’s foremost pioneers in sustainable development. As Director of Development at North East Lincolnshire Council Jason pioneered the creation of Hornsea 2, the world's largest windfarm, which unlocked the Humber Energy B, thousands of high-quality jobs in the supply chain and delivered power to more than 1.4 million UK homes with low-cost, clean and secure renewable energy.

Jason also sits on the UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero and the SME Net Zero Working Group for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

While Jason moves into the private sector after 27 years in the public sector he will continue in his roles as Chair of UKBCSD and Chair of the South East Consortium Climate Change Solutions Board.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global network of more than 400 businesses with a combined annual revenue of more than $8.5 trillion. The council exists to put forward solutions to tackle the climate emergency, nature loss and mounting inequality.

UKBCSD has operated for more than two decades and includes among its members major housebuilders, property developers and operators, consultants and contractors committed to decarbonisation.
At Prologis, Jason will be lead on public, private and trade sector engagement on wide-ranging agenda areas including innovation, market disruption and sustainable economic growth as well as a positively increasing the company’s profile as a world leader in industrial & logistics real estate.

UKBCSD chair, Jason Longhurst, said: “I’ve dedicated my career to pioneering and mainstreaming tangible sustainable economic growth that drives innovation and opportunities from the climate challenges ahead.
“I’m proud to be joining Prologis - a company which has been leading on sustainable development for as long as I have.
“I remain committed to UKBCSD and our mission of mainstreaming sustainable development as we continue to grow our network and share best practice about how to successfully deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Prologis has a long-standing history of excellence in ESG, dating back as far as 2003.
In 2018, Prologis was the first logistics real estate company with an approved Science-Based Target (SBT) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a plan to drive greater operational efficiency by decarbonisation.
The company has bold ambitions to become net zero in emissions from its operations by 2030 and to be net zero across its value chain by 2040 and by deploying 1 GW of solar, supported by energy storage, by 2025.
Prologis is also one of only 45 companies to be recognised by HRH The Prince of Wales – Sustainable Markets Initiative Terra Carta Seal.