Our Commitment to Protect and Enhance

WE WILL PROTECT AND ENHANCE OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT BY MINIMISING RESOURCE CONSUMPTION AND DELIVERING RESTORATIVE PROJECTS TO DELIVER A NET POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

We recognise our responsibility to protect the environment by minimising our resource consumption but also to enhance it through restorative projects and renewable energy. Our Net Positive objective formalises this ambition to give back more than we take out. 

Our Protect and Enhance targets will be key to delivering on becoming Net Positive for Carbon, Resource Use and Water. These three areas were found to be our key environmental impacts in our materiality studies.  

Key Protect and Enhance Initiatives

There are some core regulatory elements to our Protect and Enhance commitment, such as Minimum Energy Standards. However, over the past ten years we have moved way beyond basic compliance, to being an industry leader. With the launch of our new Net Positive objective, our commitment to protect and enhance has become even more ambitious. 


Our Scope Three Footprint: We have undertaken a detailed carbon footprint with JLL Upstream as part of the development of our objective to become Net Positive by 2030. The results help us to focus our activities and to set a baseline for tracking progress on this ambitious journey.


Development Approach: Our Sustainable Design Standard is at the heart of our approach to development.  It helps us to ensure that environmental and social sustainability are designed into a scheme alongside economic sustainability from the outset.  We have aimed to achieve BREEAM Excellent on all new developments since 2010, and will be targeting outstanding on a number of current and future developments. 

Find out more Hammerson Development Approach


Operational Efficiency: Our CR Operations Working group brings together stakeholders from across the business to ensure we optimise opportunities to reduce impacts across the portfolio.  In 2016 we began a major roll out of LED lighting, starting at the Bullring Birmingham.  In 2017 we will be rolling out installation of water blades, a simple technology designed to drastically reduce water use from our taps, subject to a successful trial. 

Find out more about the LED installation via Better Building Partnership's Case Study on LED at Bullring


Renewable Energy Sourcing and Production: In 2016 we installed photo voltaics Westquay.  This is now generating approximately 6.5mWh of clean electricity per month, all of which is used on site.  

The project came in under budget and is generating income ahead of expectations.  


Protect and Enhance Progress

Below you can see more on some of our core Protect and Enhance initiatives.  You can also keep up to date with progress via the Blog and our Initiatives page.

Development Approach

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Stan...

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Operational Efficiency

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