Better Environment

Building sustainable places has been a pillar of our strategy since we began development in 1987. From enhancing biodiversity and wellbeing, to reducing emissions and plastic usage, we are committed to making our developments the best possible spaces for everyone who uses them.

The environmental challenges facing humanity are severe; climate crisis, biodiversity loss and plastic pollution are at a critical point. We are aware of the challenges facing us, and we are committed to working with our suppliers, tenants, and local community members to create healthy, vibrant spaces that contribute to a more sustainable future.

Net Zero Carbon Pathway

Over the past 30 years, we have created beautiful, vibrant spaces with efficiency and sustainability at the forefront. With the launch of our Net Zero Carbon Pathway in December 2020, we are building on the progress made by committing to achieve net zero carbon by 2030 – twenty years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

This Net Zero Carbon Pathway, aligned with the requirements of the Better Buildings Partnership Climate Change Commitment, sets out the tangible steps we will take over the next decade to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions in order to support the global transition to net zero. We have set ourselves some challenging targets, and we know we can’t achieve them alone. Our greatest impact comes when we work together to tackle the issues that face us all. We are committed to working closely with our entire value chain to reach net zero by 2030. This Pathway outlines the steps we are taking to work with our tenants, suppliers, customers and community to tackle climate change together.

We are proud of the progress we have made already, but we know there is much more to do. We are ready to face the challenges of the next decade head on, and we will report annually on our progress in a clear and transparent manner as we progress in our journey towards net zero carbon. We hope you’ll join us on this journey as we work together towards a sustainable future.

Operational Waste Strategy

Waste and resources management is a core element of Canary Wharf Group’s Sustainability Strategy. We have aligned our waste management strategy with circular economy principles, with a particular focus on reducing emissions associated with waste and improving local air quality.

Canary Wharf is expected to significantly expand by 2030, becoming a city within a city, through the continued expansion of the Wood Wharf and North Quay developments, all located in London. Our approach is to be a leader in waste and resources management with the use of cutting-edge innovation. This operational waste strategy document focuses on waste operations for our managed estates, including retail and commercial buildings.

Read more about Canary Wharf Group’s Operational Waste Strategy


Biodiversity Action Plan

Protecting and enhancing biodiversity is one of our key priorities. As a major developer in the Thames Gateway, we have a responsibility to provide spaces for native plant and animal species to thrive. In 2018 we updated our Biodiversity Action Plan with a roadmap for the next 10 years for the Estate with innovative and challenging targets, setting out the steps we are taking to preserve and enhance the biodiversity at Canary Wharf.

Download a summary of Biodiversity Action Plan

Download our full Biodiversity Action Plan

As a part of increasing awareness about our biodiversity we have an online interactive map which indicates all the species on the estate.

Download our Biodiversity Map

Click here to see our commitment to ensure site selection is conducted in a responsible way

Breaking The Plastic Habit

Launched on World Environment Day 2018, Breaking The Plastic Habit (BTPH) is our response to the current plastic pollution crisis. It is the overall campaign which covers a range of installations, infrastructure, initiatives, and activations all of which support the collective goal of breaking our reliance on single use plastic.

BTPH was initially created as a 12-month campaign to target and achieve ‘Plastic Free Communities status’ from marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage and resulted in significant removal and reduction of single-use plastics from our retail and hospitality operations, and also our managed and non-managed office portfolio. In June 2019 we gained ‘Plastic Free Community status’, the first commercial district in the world, and the first in London to achieve this.

BTPH is not about removing all plastic on the Estate, but targeting specific, avoidable single-use plastic items and influencing a positive behavioural change amongst our stakeholders, encouraging them to rethink their own usage, and break the habit by incrementally and collectively moving away from a throwaway plastic culture.

As part of our sustainability strategy, ‘Making Sustainability Real’, the BTPH programme has piloted new technologies, sparked innovation, collaboration, and encouraged behavioural change to significantly reduce the amount of single use plastic across the Canary Wharf estate.

Read more about Breaking The Plastic Habit

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