A new online service aimed at landlords launched today can now report, monitor and drive down their buildings' energy use and CO2 emissions in an industry-standard way.

Produced by the British Property Federation, the landlord's energy statement (LES) allows landlords to summarise their energy use and work out the carbon dioxide emissions from their office buildings' including landlord's services heating, air conditioning, lifts and lighting in common areas.

The LES process is designed to improve the understanding of property management in terms of buildings' energy efficiency and compares energy performance against similar buildings with similar uses, as well as identifying any areas for improvement and illustrating where year-on-year improvements have been made.

The technical expertise of the Usable Buildings Trust produced LES with funding from the Carbon Trust Networks Programme. The statement was also developed in conjunction with seven of the country's leading commercial property companies.

The LES will enable the industry to gear up for future legislation, such as the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requirement for buildings to have display energy certificates, the broadening of emissions trading schemes, and the introduction of sectoral targets proposed in the UK Climate Change Bill.

More information is available on a new website launched today.