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Friday 4 September 2015 – Media Release 

Canary Wharf Group Announces Major Lighting Upgrade to Retail Areas

Canary Wharf Group has carried out a major lighting upgrade across a number of its malls saving more than £400,000 and over 1,951 tons of carbon annually.

The lighting in Canada Place, Jubilee Place and Cabot Place malls, as well as associated car parking areas has been replaced with a state of the art light-emitting diode (LED) system. The upgrade is estimated to have saved an estimated 3.7million kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy annually, equal to the electricity needed to light 5,140 homes[1][2] in the UK.

The new LED system has been provided and installed by Minimise Energy, part of the Minimise Group of sustainability companies.

Project highlights:

  • An estimated saving of 3,719,360 kilowatt hours per year; equivalent to the average energy lighting requirements of 5,140 homes in the UK, or total electrical consumption of 925 houses
  • 1,951 fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year; equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced in 5.9 million miles of car journeys[3]
  • Lighting energy reduction of 65%
  • Annual cost savings of over £400,000 a year
  • Number of light fittings being replaced: 9,260
  • An additional 5.3 km of strip lighting replaced

As well as enhanced efficiency and low heat output, the new LED system is optimised to enhance the aesthetics of the malls’ many architectural features. The upgrade follows a pilot project in 2014 in which Minimise Energy installed 1.4km of LED strip lighting at Canada Place Mall, reducing lighting energy consumption by 54%.

This achievement represents a continuation of the excellent progress from energy-saving initiatives that led to a total reduction in Canary Wharf Group’s energy use from 89.5m kWh to 82.5m kWh in 2014, and underlines its commitment to making long-term improvements to its sustainability targets.

Canary Wharf Group Sustainability Manager Martin Gettings, said: “The malls on our estate are among the busiest in the UK. This lighting upgrade project not only benefits the environment, but reduces costs and enhances the shopping experience, good for business and shoppers alike.

“We only procure energy from renewable sources, and we are committed to ensuring our operations, people and developments impact as little as possible on the environment. Our overall aim is to make sustainability real in everything that we do. Achievements like this contribute significantly towards these goals and we remain committed to long-term improvements against all our sustainability targets.”

Canary Wharf is well established as one of London’s leading retail destinations, comprising almost 1m sq ft of retail space, including the newly opened Crossrail Place. There are 112,000 people working at Canary Wharf and the estate welcomes over 100,000 visitors each weekend meaning space is highly sought after by UK and international retailers.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Elizabeth Adams
Canary Wharf Group
020 7418 2418
elizabeth.adams@canarywharf.com

Notes to editors

ABOUT CANARY WHARF GROUP
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of iconic London real estate which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.

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ABOUT MINIMISE ENERGY

Minimise Energy is part of Minimise Group, which helps organisations become more sustainable, increase profitability and meet environmental, corporate and legislative targets.

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[1] Energy Consumption in the UK (2015): 30 July 2015: Energy Consumption in the UK (2015): Chapter 3: Domestic energy consumption in the UK between 1970 and 2014
[2] Energy Saving Trust: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/energy-efficient-lighting
[3] Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs: NI 185 Tool for calculation of CO2 Emissions: www.rutland.gov.uk/climate_change/act_on_co2_and_your_footprint/whats_a_tonne_of_co2.aspx