2016 Performance Overview
In 2016 we have exceeded our carbon emissions target, retrofitted a PV array at Westquay shopping centre and delivered excellent employment and skills outputs at our developments.
We are pleased with the progress we have made against our sustainability targets during 2016. We set ambitious five-year targets for our environmental and socio-economic performance at the end of 2015 and initial data gathered as part of our annual reporting process shows we are making good progress just one year in.
Our fully assured, EPRA and GRI compliant sustainability report will be published later in the Spring when all year end data is finalised. This data update is provided to support our year end reporting. Our basis of reporting can be downloaded here.
Particular achievements in 2016 include:
- 9% reduction in carbon emissions from our managed assets across the Group, using location-based emissions factors. Our carbon emissions reporting is independently assured. The assurance statement is available here .
- The agreement of clean energy contracts across the UK shopping centre portfolio. This, in combination with energy demand reduction measures, has reduced our carbon emissions by over 50% year-on-year in 2016, using market-based factors.
- The electricity demand reduction of 20% achieved from investment in LED and new controls at Bullring. This generated over £200,000 of savings in 2016.
- 100% diversion of waste from landfill across the UK shopping centre portfolio
- The delivery of two BREEAM Excellent rated development schemes
- The installation of our first retro-fitted PV array at Westquay
- Great feedback on our staff survey on Hammerson's commitment to sustainability
"We are delighted that in our 2016 staff survey, for the second year running, 89% of staff considered Hammerson to be serious in its commitment to sustainability. This score exceeds the survey benchmarks and is an important indicator of our success in embedding sustainability across our teams." David Atkins, CEO.
Our performance against our 2016 targets under each of our five Positive Places commitments can be seen here