Festival Place targets 2012
At Festival Place we take the impact the centre has on the environment very seriously. Since 2006 Festival Place has implemented a number of initiatives to increase recycling, save energy and reduce water usage.
In 2011 through the recycling of the centres waste on site and the savings this created by reducing the number of trees cut down, water saved in production of new items instead of recycling existing items (like plastic bottle, cardboard and aluminium cans) the centre is proud to state that we are carbon neutral.
So what plans have we got for 2012? And how did we do in 2011?
Adverse cold weather affected our country in 2010 and 2011. This meant consumption rose in order to maintain a comfortable environment in which to shop. However, our overall consumption for 2011 was down against 2010 usage by 40% and down 18% on 2009. This was largely due to the introduction of control measures.
Our target for gas consumption in 2012 is to make a 1% drop in usage against usage in 2011. We will endeavour to do this keeping the temperature of the centre constant, reusing air from within the centre to re heat to the agreed temperature. We will only turn on the heating (like you at home) when we need to. To prove how we are doing we will display an Energy Performance Certificate on our website. We will also fix the doors quicker and maintain our boilers to maximise efficiency.
In our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our consumption of electricity we have examined new and existing technologies and implemented them wherever possible, such as;
- solar sensors in areas of the mall to control lighting,
- using low energy or LED type lamps when replacements are required, using computer software to program timings in various illuminated areas,
- service corridor lighting that dims down to 10% when no one is present.
For 2011 we reduced our consumption by 4.8%. In total, between 2005 and 2011 we have reduced our consumption by 2,830,232 kWh or 1,700 tonnes of CO² not released into the atmosphere.
For 2012 we aim to further reduce our usage by 2%. We will do this by replacing lighting with LED bulbs which consume up to 80% less electricity than normal bulbs and they last longer! We are trialling different types of LED fittings to ensure we invest in the best. We will install microwave lights and light sensor systems in non public areas of the centre. We will invest in using our internal systems to give us smarter reports on usage. We will educate our staff, retailers and you on how to minimise usage and we will investigate other forms of generating electricity e.g. solar panels.
Each year we save approximately 9 million litres (9,000m³) of water by placing plastic bottles filled with water in the toilet cisterns that work in the same way as the commercially available hypo system. We also saved water by operating waterless urinal systems. In 2011 we added another tank to our Rainwater Harvesting System, thus increasing the amount of grey water we use for cleaning.
Water data for a shopping centre is complex, being affected by the number of visitors coming to the Centre. We therefore gauge our usage by the number of visitors and work out a "per capita" consumption in litres of water per person (LWPP). In 2011 we reduced our usage from 2.15 LWPP to 2.91 LWPP minus 11.2%. However for 2012 we expect usage to be near the same or higher due to predictions of lower rainfall.
We have invested in reducing our water consumption by trialling new ideas like waterless urinals. However, you voted with your nose on this one and we are reverting back to using water in our urinals. Apologies this experiment didn't work! We are now exploring other systems that will reduce the consumption of water in our urinals. This time we'll test it on ourselves first! We do have rain water harvesting systems and we use the water to clean the centre. We will not turn on the public fountains whilst the county is short of water and we have our partners' car valeters 2G who as well as using harvested rainwater, clean a car with little more than a litre of water.
We aim to increase by 4% the amount of rubbish we recycle on site. We will do this by continuing to educate our retailers and restaurants via visits, education packs and our site induction. And we will feedback the results to our tenants at the quarterly tenant meetings.
New for this year is our textile recycling facility located in Bedford Square near TX Maxx. Please give generously as all proceeds go to this year's chosen charity Hampshire Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Festival Place is zero landfill. Any rubbish we can't recycle we send to an incineration plant which means we produce enough electricity to power 100 of your houses.
We now have over 95% of our suppliers who have shown their commitment to ethical procurement and business practices.
We will continue to;
- Maintain our environmental standard 'ISO4001
- Regularly communicate our goals and achievements to staff, contractors, suppliers, partners and visitors to Festival Place
- Monitor usage of energy and water
- Minimise paper usage
Festival Place is owned by TIAA-CREF and managed on their behalf by Jones Lang LaSalle. Please see their Environmental Policies below.