Moda raises the Bar for carbon offsetting at UKREiiF

In an industry first initiative, Moda Living works with UKREiiF to enable the carbon offsetting of thousands of journeys to this week’s event.

Moda Bar located in the Food and Drink Avenue at Leeds Docks. The initiative supports the UKREiiF conference in its drive towards a net zero future by giving attendees the opportunity to contribute to carbon offsetting | BTR News
Moda Bar located in the Food and Drink Avenue at Leeds Docks. The initiative supports the UKREiiF conference in its drive towards a net zero future by giving attendees the opportunity to contribute to carbon offsetting.

Moda Living works with UKREiiF in industry-first initiative to enable over 5,000 carbon-free journeys to the UK’s biggest property event taking place this week – by raising £30,000 with the Moda Bar. Moda unveils plans to support the conference in its drive towards a net zero future, by giving attendees the opportunity to offset the carbon from their journey to Leeds at the Moda Bar, located in the Food and Drink Avenue at Leeds Docks.

If heading down to the event – which opens its doors today for the three day event (16 and 18 May) – drinks can be purchased from the Moda Bar with the option to add a contribution to the cost, which will be spent on offsetting carbon emissions from the collective delegation’s journeys to the event. The bar will serve a mix of hot, soft and alcoholic drinks.

Mounted with a live display, progress will be tracked in this offsetting mission in a collective, industry-wide effort to make the UK’s biggest built environment event the first to have a carbon neutral impact from domestic travel to the event.

Moda also welcomes businesses sending large delegations to make a donation to offset the impact of their travel – those interested in doing so should contact Emma.shone@modaliving.com.

Based on initial data from delegate registrations, it would take approximately 30,000 trees or equivalent offsetting projects worth £30,000 to neutralise the impact of UK delegates’ travel to the conference.

“We’re so excited to welcome the industry back to our home city of Leeds, but even more excited that we have this opportunity with UKREiiF to drive the event towards a net zero carbon future. As an industry we need to work strategically and collaboratively to offset the climate impact of our businesses. Working with UKREiiF, we were keen to find a way to make this urgent work engaging and exciting, to complement the activities we are already running at the event.  

“This ethos underpins Moda’s ESG programme Next Generation Futures, which we’re using to drive Moda towards Net Zero Operational Carbon by 2030 among other targets, by being creative and innovative in the way we approach social and environmental sustainability challenges and working closely with partners to build the brightest possible futures for generations to come.”

Oscar Brooks, Founding Director, Moda Living

Moda will work with an official carbon offsetting partner to allocate the funds raised to meaningful projects to protect the environment across the globe. There will be no profit made – Moda is running the project for its ESG benefits as part of its Next Generation Futures ESG programme.

Moda is working with events partner New Citizen to run the Moda Bar – the business behind music festivals including Hacienda, Defected and The Garden Party, located at Moda and New Citizens’ Canvas Yard open air venue in Leeds.

“Our ambition has always been to create a more inclusive and sustainable event in comparison to alternatives which tend to take place overseas. A UK-based event that brings investors, developers, local authorities and the wider industry together is already a great move forward, but to have partners like Moda Living who are willing to drive forward the sustainability agenda with us is fantastic and we thank them for their innovative initiative that we’ll be supporting throughout the event.

“This is one of many different programmes in place to ensure that UKREiiF sets an example – and successfully achieving ISO 20121 Sustainable Events Management Accreditation in our inaugural year showcases our commitment to being at the forefront of creating more sustainable events.”

Louise Eyre, Operations Director, UKREiiF

The Moda Bar is one of several events and initiatives that the developer operator is running during UKREiiF 2023. Moda, alongside parent group Caddick Group, will be running a series of content sessions, discussions, and networking events at the Places for Life Pavilion in the Innovation Zone.

Highlights include a first look at exclusive new research from Moda and Knight Frank around measuring social value and resident experience in Build to Rent, a panel with Birmingham City Council and the city’s lead developers on the regeneration framework Birmingham will launch at the event, and the opportunity to hop on a Peloton bike for the UKREiiF Cycle Challenge – another offsetting initiative.

Moda will also host its annual fringe event at its flagship Build to Rent scheme – Moda, New York Square – which will celebrate a year since its doors opened during the event.