As a major developer, we have a responsibility to minimise any negative impact we may have on the environment. However, we aim to go further by creating resilient, future-proof buildings that enhance their space and meet the needs of business and communities now and in the future.
Efficient and responsible operations require more than simply protecting the environment. We must go far beyond managing impacts, by using smart technology and design to create a city that is truly integrated, efficient and fit for the future.
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 aspire to maintain a position of environmental leadership within our sector, and we remain committed to ensuring the impact of our operations, people and developments on the world around us is as positive as possible.
As we oversee all stages of a project, we have a unique opportunity to make every development efficient and adaptable. Using our ‘total project approach’, we collaborate closely at every stage with clients, consultants, contractors and local stakeholders. This approach – informed by the Group’s Corporate Responsibility Policy and our ISO14001:2004-certified Environmental Management System – ensures that our impacts and contributions are considered in the project strategy from the start and assessed at every point. All projects include a bespoke Sustainability Management Plan designed to deliver exemplary performance and long‑term value.
2015 was a year of internal review and strategic development for the future. For example, we achieved our first GRESB rating, attaining a top score of Five Green Stars. There will be key challenges that are likely to have an impact on customer expectations and therefore business performance. Our integrated approach to design, construction, estate management, community and innovation reflects our ambition to embrace those challenges as opportunities.
Our approach is simple; to create environmentally sustainable buildings that enhance the space they occupy and enrich the communities they create
Approach: From the start we consult with neighbours, stakeholders, clients, consultants and trade contractors bringing together people, policy, procedures, and performance in our unique Total Project approach.
Our buildings are designed to deliver the highest BREEAM ratings possible, meeting the needs of today’s business without compromising the sustainability of tomorrow’s environment.
Our dedication to this philosophy made HQ5 in Heron Quays the largest commercial building to be awarded an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, setting the benchmark for all our work and hailed as “top marks for its approach to environmental design” by the Environment Times.
Our Environmental Management System and Environmental Representatives Forum – certified under ISO 14001 – make sure we are engaging with the right sustainability issues, with the right people, at the right time.
From planning to delivery, through to handover and in use, sustainability is at the core of each project.
Environmental Assessment Methods: Our buildings are designed to live up to the latest versions of BREEAM / LEED / CSH with sustainability built in from the start. By aiming for the highest possible rating, we make every building as environmentally responsible as it can be.
Considerate Construction: Being a good neighbour is essential and we target the highest standards in Considerate Constructor Schemes. In 2011 we received the environmental accolade of an invitation to become an Associate Member of the National Considerate Constructor Scheme (CCS). Now, not only can we keep our standards high, but we can also help others in the industry reach them too, to the benefit of the people who work with us, and the communities we work in.
We start each project with communication plans to foster good relationships with our neighbours and stakeholders. This begins at street level with Q&A sessions with the public, but owners, tenants, residents, and constructors all have a voice in the process. At 20 Fenchurch Street, we have woven close ties with both St Mary-at-Hill and St Margaret Pattens churches, providing support to and involvement in their events. So far, we’ve helped 124,000 children come closer to achieving their dreams thanks to our commitment to the 21st Century Legacy Programme charity.
Neighbours and nature are always right on our doorstep and we ensure that our environmental impact on both is minimal. Our comprehensive environmental management system not only reduces the risk of an environmental incident, but it also reveals opportunities for us to improve sustainability in development.
Because we oversee every stage of a project, we have a unique opportunity at Canary Wharf – through the control of building specification and careful material sourcing – to make every building efficient, adaptable and environmentally aware. By interrogating designs and embracing the BREEAM process, we can deliver major build elements certified as sustainable-sourced under the most stringent industry-recognised, responsible sourcing schemes.
A robust waste reduction processes mean material consumption is kept to a minimum. Designers and trade contractors feed into our bespoke Project Site Waste Minimalisation and Management Plans to deliver real innovations in eliminating over consumption. Our online waste management system captures real time data from all of our contractors allowing us to keep waste at the font of our focus. It ensures that waste management remains an active and constant focus from beginning to end.
True sustainability comes when social, economic and environmental improvements are in balance, bringing mutual enhancement. For us, reuse and recycle is not just a slogan, but a bricks and mortar reality. Making use of existing buildings to provide a home for a local service helps everyone, something we have achieved on developments where we have established a Project Hire Shop and Job Brokerage Schemes.
Our Environmental Management System makes sure we deliver environmental durability, while our key performance indicators measure that success on our sustainability targets:
- No environmental incidents
- No waste
- No Non-FSC timber
- Lower carbon emissions
- Minimised water use
- Fewer HGV deliveries
- Maximised certified sustainably-sourced materials
- A National Considerate Constructor Scheme score of 36 or more
- The highest BREEAM, LEED, and CfSH ratings possible
At all stages, we aim to exceed legislation, setting ourselves high levels of performance on ever-rising sustainability targets.
We have high expectations of our people and our trade contractor supply base in a world where sustainability is a challenge to us all.
So our philosophy is simple.
Best practice is where we start, not where we finish.
Canary Wharf Group is in a unique position of being able to communicate our sustainability credentials to approximately 115,000 people on the Canary Wharf estate and encourage them to adopt similar practices. Communication on sustainability 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 sustainability matters. We can do this in a number of ways:
Since 2001, CWG has reported on its sustainability performance in an annual Sustainability 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 Report is prepared in accordance with the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and is independently verified by Bureau Veritas.
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.
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.
Canary Wharf Group plc: Sustainability Reports
- Click here to download 2014 Global Reporting Initiative Index
- Click to download 2014 Environmental Data Table
- Click to here download 2014 CWG External Verification Statement
- Click here to download 2013 Global Reporting Initiative Index
- Click here to download 2013 CWG External Verification Statement
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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 Forum 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 ISO 150001 certification in October of 2015 and have 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.