Canary Wharf Group has an all-encompassing approach to sustainable development and the environment. Sustainability is important to us at all stages of construction from planning and design through to the completion of the construction stage of our new buildings. We aim for BREEAM ratings of ‘Excellent’ on all new developments and work closely with new tenants to achieve their environmental targets.
We are proud to be a member of the UK Green Building Council, which champions sustainable building design and the Better Building Partnerships which promotes best practice to reduce carbon.
We have in place an Environmental Management System which covers all of our activities. This enables us to improve on previous performance and demonstrate the importance we place upon environmental issues throughout the Group. Our system is certified to ISO 14001 and monitored by independent audit and our performance against annual targets is independently verified and reported in our Corporate Responsibility Report each year.
The Canary Wharf estate has 20 acres of open landscaped space both at ground level and in the form of green roofs. These, coupled with the docks surrounding the estate attract various species of plants, birds, fish and animals. We have created our own Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) which integrates with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Biodiversity Action Plan. The plan also incorporates targets from the UK and London Biodiversity Action Plans, as well as reflecting the growth of species inhabiting the Canary Wharf. Our aim is to create a habitat attractive to both our tenants and vistors on the Wharf.
Canary Wharf Group is in a unique position of being well placed to communicate to approximately 95,000 people how we are behaving in a more sustainable way and to encourage them to do likewise. Communication on green issues is a key issue within Canary Wharf Group (CWG). Not only do we believe in communicating our performance, but more importantly our aim is to get staff, tenants and visitors to the estate engaged on green issues. We can do this is a number of ways:
Since 2001, CWG has reported on its sustainability performance in an annual report. CWG’s objective in producing these reports is to demonstrate its performance against targets set the previous year, as well as to cover a range of social and environmental issues relevant to its business.
The reports illustrate CWG’s management approach to environmental and social issues and demonstrates, through analysis of performance, how this has become integrated into its business operations.
The data presented covers all business operations of the Group and measures our performance against annual objectives and targets. In 2013 we achieved 89% completion of targets up from 87.3% in 2012. The report and performance against objectives and targets is independently verified by Bureau Veritas.
The 2013 Sustainability Report achieved a B+ rating in meeting the requirements of the Global Reporting Index (GRI).
Canary Wharf Group strives for environmental, social and economic excellence, both in its own operations, and encouraging those of its stakeholders, tenants and local community. These reports demonstrate Canary Wharf Group plc’s performance against environmental and social targets.
In line with corporate best practice, our performance, along with the text and figures in these reports, are verified by an independent expert in the environment and social responsibility.
In the 2013 Sustainability Report Canary Wharf Group have reported its performance in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Framework. The Framework enables greater organizational transparency and accountability.
The company have been awarded a B+ rating against the requirements of the G3.1 guidelines.
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We believe that technological advances are not the only method of reducing our effect on the environment. We recognise that the behaviour of our staff, tenants and visitors is an integral part to our aim to be more sustainable. Internally, environmental awareness training is compulsory for all our staff and covers ways in which they can make a difference, such as energy reduction, waste management and awareness of green issues both in the workplace and at home.
Sharing best practice is important to us and to that end we chair a Tenant Sustainability Management meeting which all tenants are welcome to attend, where we discuss green issues affecting the estate and the companies on it and environmental events. Externally we are members of the Better Building Partnership which is a group of the largest property development companies in London who are committed to sharing new ideas in technology, design, construction and property management.
With such a diverse range of impacts on the environment, actions to minimise adverse impact and to enhance the positive contribution has required the implementation of a robust and comprehensive environmental management system.
Although documentation can never replace dedication and the application of common sense an effective management system can focus attention on those objectives and targets where improvements and actions are required.
The formal management system was established in 2002 using the framework provided in the international standard ISO 14001. From the outset the system has been established to cover Canary Wharf Group activities throughout the estate and includes interactions with the local community.
ISO14001 certification was achieved in February 2005 and has been maintained since.
Environmental management has been an inherent part of construction on all projects since 2002 and has included Building Research Establishment and Considerate Constructors schemes where we have received ‘excellent’ ratings.
The documented management system continues to support all aspects of construction and building management on the estate and now includes a Biodiversity Action Plan and Waste Management Strategy.
Group environmental performance is reported each year in the annual Corporate Responsibility Report with performance statistics independently verified by Bureau Veritas.
Canary Wharf Group’s energy is supplied by Scottish and Southern. In 2012 we changed from purchasing a mixture of renewable and fossil fuels to purchasing 100% renewable electricity for our portfolio. Our supplies are now composed exclusively from renewable sources including wind, hydro and biomass.
We are constantly searching for areas to reduce our energy use, either by technology or behaviour. Through constantly examining our facilities systems, we can identify areas in which our consumption and emissions can be reduced. We have introduced heat recovery systems, altered the times plant is required to run and reduced the hours artificial lighting is on both internally and externally.
Areas handed back to us on lease termination have energy saving lighting systems installed and modifications to plant ensures less energy will be used when operating air conditioning systems.
We have carried out programmes of installing energy efficient lighting in car park areas and on the stairwells in One Canada Square which has enabled us to greatly reduce electricity use in those areas. Schemes like this have continues in other areas of our portfolio and more are planned to help us reduce our use of electricity and therefore our carbon footprint.
Staff are encouraged to save energy by turning off equipment when not in use and that message is reinforced each bank holiday with a ‘Big Switch Off’ campaign. Staff Awareness training covers energy saving both in the workplace and at home.
We were awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in 2010 and successfully retained this in 2012.
The management of waste has changed greatly in recent years mainly due to developments in European and UK law. Challenging targets have been set for local authorities and this heavily influences any waste management strategy that is to be adopted. Therefore, CWG has developed a Waste Management Strategy in line with current targets, which outline plans to reduce waste growth and improve management of the waste which is produced.
Building and Estate Waste
Canary Wharf Management Limited (CWML) manages all the waste from the public areas of the Canary Wharfestate and also all the waste generated from the retail units and office tenants, who occupy the buildings, managed by CWML.
Working with the main contractor responsible for waste throughout the estate, CWML is focused on driving recycling levels higher and is already considerably exceeding the established Government targets.
The main principles that drive the recycling and waste management across the estate are:
- To reduce the amount of waste produced wherever possible.
- To divert as much waste as possible from disposal to landfill.
Since the end of 2008, a simplified two bin system has been implemented throughout the estate for general office waste dividing waste into Mixed Recyclables and Non Recyclables. Simplification of the system has helped to improve the amount of waste sent for recycling.
Waste is disposed of by five methods:
- Mixed Recyclable waste is sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) nearby where they are sorted by machine into different waste streams and sent to be used to produce new products.
- Non Recyclable waste is sent by barge to Belvedere where they are incinerated to generated energy which is fed into the National Grid.
- Food Waste segregation was introduced in 2010 and has been expanded to all retail food outlets and several office tenants. Segregated food waste is sent to be treated by anaerobic digestion which produces energy for the National Grid and liquid fertiliser for agriculture.
- Glass waste is imploded on site to produce broken glass which is used as ballast for road building. This method means that less collections are required than sending away complete bottles.
- Garden Waste is segregated and is turned into compost.
Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd (CWCL) have operated programmes during the last major construction projects to minimise the impact on the environment and to reduce the waste diverted to landfill through on-site segregation of the main waste streams and further off-site segregation at the waste transfer stations.
Each project has its own Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The SWMP aims to reduce the production of waste to a minimum, to re-use or recycle waste where practicable and to promote best practice within the projects.
The Group has always considered transport a major factor in sustainable development. Consequently, each November we participate in a cordon survey of the local area and Canary Wharf, which measures all movements into or through the area. To complement this, every two years we commission a survey of the transport arrangements of people travelling to and from Canary Wharf. The latest survey* took place in 2011 with the following results:
- 85% of respondents used public transport (Underground, DLR, Bus, Coach or River Transport)
- 4% of respondents travelled by bicycle
- 4% of respondents walked.
- 5% drove or were passengers in private vehicles
- 1% travelled by motorcycle
*The survey was undertaken by Steer Davies Gleave in June/July 2011. Approximately 94,500 employees were working at Canary Wharf during the survey period.
CWG’s transport strategy includes working with key organisations to improve public transport access toCanary Wharf and encourage forms of transport other than private cars, providing environmental, social and economic benefits.
CWG encourages staff to use alternative methods when travelling to and from the estate. The Group operates the government backed ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme where staff can buy discounted cycles and pay over a period of time. In 2009, this scheme was extended to include the purchase of electric cycles.
To encourage staff to use public transport, interest free season ticket loans are available and travel to meetings by cab is discouraged.
There are 2200 cycle parking spaces on the estate. Of these, 800 are private tenant spaces in buildings around the estate, 1000 are free public spaces, and there are 405 ‘payable’ secure spaces in Canada Square Car Park. The Group encourages its own staff to look at cycling as a means of transport to and from work, and participates in the Government’s Green Transport Plan through Evans Cycles Ride2Work Programme.
Over 300 Barclays Hire scheme bicycles were installed on the estate in 2012 and can be found at 8 separate locations around the estate. The docking station outside Canary Wharf underground is one of the most used in London.
Charging points for electric cars are situated in Canada Place and Jubilee Place Car Parks.
For enquiries relating to vehicle and cycle parking please contact the Car Park Office on 020 7418 2752.
Docklands Light Railway
An extra carriage has been added to the Bank-Lewisham branch, increasing DLR capacity to Canary Wharf by 50%.
Upgrade work on the Jubilee Line continues. Once complete it will improve the capacity by 33% at peak times.
In November 2009 Thames Clippers introduced Oystercard pre-pay on all of their boats, and improved services between London Bridge and Canary Wharf in peak times.
CWG supports the Crossrail project which will further improve the options for travelling to key business districts including Canary Wharf via public transport. Work commenced on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in 2009 with Canary Wharf Group contributing £150m to the cost of the station.
From 2018 Crossrail will improve capacity with new 10-car trains. Journey times will be cut to many destinations across London including Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street in seven minutes, Farringdon in 10 minutes and Heathrow in 44 minutes.
Since 2004 the Group have produced a Biodiversity Action Plan. This has been revised to reflect the changes to the Estate and also the changes in species numbers and protection status. We have formed partnerships with outside agencies and specialists for advice and support in making changes to encourage a diverse range of species to the Estate and to protect indigenous species already present.
Canary Wharf was created on the site of the former West India Docks that had ceased operation by 1980. The area is thus a brownfield site, with very little indigenous biodiversity. The dock silt is officially classified as contaminated.From its beginnings as a commercial area in 1988 parks and outdoor spaces were seen as essential to improve the environment for tenants and visitors and were included in development plans. However it became clear that there were a variety of species present on the estate and others soon became attracted by the green areas and waterways.The importance of maintaining those species and habitats and encouraging new was cemented by the production of the first Canary Wharf Group Biodiversity Action Plan (CWG BAP) which was published in 2004 with the intention of promoting conservation and enhancing biodiversity in the Canary Wharf.The initial plan has been revised several times, the most extensive revision taking place in October 2009 where new species and habitats recently identified as ‘threatened’ in National and Regional Biodiversity Action Plans were reviewed and where appropriate added to the CWG BAP.
HABITATS AND FLORA
One of the aims of the CWG BAP is to create more habitats to encourage different levels of the food chain. To this end more parks and planting have been included in the design of new buildings and the infrastructure itself both on land and water.
Colourful seasonal planting was introduced early in 2008. This encourages more diverse species of insect and therefore supports the various species of birds that live on the estate as well as encourage others to visit and make their homes here.
Various species of mature trees have been planted on the estate infrastructure, both British natives and overseas species. All green areas are maintained by a dedicated landscape team using composted green waste, and by limited use of animal friendly pesticides ensure that species numbers as well as plants are maintained.
The Canary Wharf Estate has the highest concentration of green roofs in the UK. Green roofs have several benefits not just for ecology but also for climate change mitigation by reducing the amount of cooling needed in a building in summer and heating in winter therefore reducing energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions. Canary Wharf as a Brownfield site provided a home for the Black Redstart. Despite construction on the estate the species is still present as the new green roofs provided a new habitat for the birds as well as the insect life to support them. In addition CWG have funded a three year research project ‘Green Roofs and Biodiversity’ a key action for the London Biodiversity Partnership’s Black Redstart action plan.
The inclusion of green roofs is considered and encouraged during the design stage of new builds. Recently green roofs were installed during construction on the DS3 West, BP2 and the Park Pavilion projects and three future projects, Riverside, Heron Quays West and BP4 projects will have green roofs on completion. Several of the roofs were retrofitted and we are educating other building owners on the estate as to their benefits and the possibility of retrofitting on more buildings.
Canary Wharf is surrounded by the old dock areas. The dock walls are concrete and therefore are inhospitable to aquatic birds. To provide safe areas and nesting sites we have installed several rafts in the north and middle docks which are regularly used for nesting. A reed bed was installed in the North Dock of the Estate in 2007 and recently moved to the middle dock. This encompassed two aims:
- To increase the number of reed beds in the UK as targeted in the UK BAP.
- To provide a further area for aquatic birds to rest. Aquatic birds regularly use the reed beds with swans, moor hens, great crested grebes, mallards and coots successfully nesting among the reeds and safely raising their young.
The Canary Wharf estate is home to various types of fauna. The most visible presence being birds. In the latest revision of the CWG BAP several species were added, for example the House Sparrow which is already present on the Wharf and is now listed as threatened on the UK BAP.
Bird boxes have already been installed in various locations around the estate and have been in use and further are being installed in consultation with the RSPB to ensure the best type are purchased and placed in suitable areas. In partnership with Mudchute Farm, local children have constructed swift boxes that have been placed in the pyramid of One Canada Square and a calling system is operated during the nesting season each year. This has also been done in partnership with the London Swift Project.
Although the water in the dock areas is classed as contaminated, regular cleaning has made it more attractive to various species of freshwater and saltwater fish including flounder, plaice, bream and rudd. The docks are regularly used by aquatic birds and a seal has been seen in the North Dock on several occasions.