Managing our Impacts
Applying circular thinking in practice
We aspire to be a zero-carbon business. We monitor our energy usage and constantly upgrade our buildings to make them more energy efficient and to reach our goal of becoming carbon net zero.
Resilience to climate change
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. To play our part in mitigating this challenge, we are focused on remaining resilient to its effects while reducing our emissions wherever possible.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2018
We actively support our new residents who are moving to Canary Wharf for the first time, and we’re producing a home user guide to help people make the most efficient use of energy in their homes.
COMMITTING TO SCIENCE-BASED TARGETS
Since gaining our ISO 50001 certification in 2015, we’ve been working towards developing new approaches. In the last year, we’ve looked ahead to better understand the future of how energy is used.
We’ve also been able to identify the areas we must address. Energy management consultants Carbon Credentials are supporting us in how we monitor our consumption, and are helping us set science-based targets (SBTs) to take our projects forward. The SBTs will require a new reporting structure, which will give us the best-possible indication of our performance and progress.
If we want to improve energy efficiency, tenant buy-in is essential. Energy and environmental issues are always on the agenda at our regular forums, and we share best practices so we can learn from each other. Presentations have been made by guest speakers from the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (formerly the British Institute of Facilities Management) and Jonathan Porritt, and we support tenants to help them achieve ISO standards. We know that if we work together, we can achieve great things.
TOP OF THE LEAGUE
To encourage partners to improve their waste management, we’ve introduced a monthly tenant league table in our One Canada Square building – which has been both fun and competitive, although underlined with a serious message. These tables show how each business is performing, rating their progress and issues through a traffic light system – helping us achieve an 88% recycling rate in One Canada Square in December 2018. By partnering with our tenants to manage waste across the whole Estate, we can provide education and information, and make sure the right systems are in place.
INTELLIGENT WATER MANAGEMENT
A unique intelligent water reuse and flood resilience system is being used in a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar. The joint venture, named Braeburn Estates, is set to transform London’s South Bank through a mixed-use development, with the famous Shell Centre Tower at its heart. Once completed, the development is set to have a high demand for water, impacting London’s stormwater drainage network.
Braeburn Estates contracted Intellistorm from Waterscan, a water management specialist. The Intellistorm system responds to live weather forecast data, holding rainwater in storage and only releasing enough into the sewers to make space for future rain. The collected rainwater can be used for toilet flushing, irrigation, vehicle washing and cooling systems.
London’s population is rising, putting a strain on the capital’s water supplies: severe shortages are forecast by 2040. We are committed to improving how we manage our water use, reducing our impact and making our infrastructure more robust.
Total water use in CWG in 2018 was 567,456 m3, an increase of 44.6% increase on 2017 largely as a result of extensive commissioning activity. Water use per occupant in office buildings was 15.69 m3, up 1.3% on the previous year. Water use per 1,000 visitors in retail was 0.38 m3.
Water management offers huge opportunities to move from waste to resources within a circular economy. We are currently developing a water management plan, aligned with our Biodiversity Action Plan. The plan focuses on:
CIRCULARITY – embedding the right principles and technologies to keep water in circulation for as long as possible.
INNOVATION – implementing a smarter use of water, deploying the best available technology to save more and improve quality.
ENGAGEMENT – raising the profile of water management across the Estate with all relevant stakeholders.