Wednesday 30 May 2018 – Media Release

Canary Wharf Group Spearheads the Fight Against Plastic with Innovative ‘Breaking The Plastic Habit’ Panel Debate on World Environment Day

To celebrate World Environment Day, 5 June 2018, Canary Wharf Group is to host a cross-sector panel discussion – Breaking The Plastic Habit – with a committee of experts and industry leaders at the forefront of the single-use plastic debate. The aim of the panel is to debunk the myths, rewrite the debate and influence change in the use of single-use plastic through collaboration and action.

Canary Wharf Group recognises that no single organisation can drive change and have brought together heavyweight panellists from all the key sectors: retail, environmental groups, packaging and manufacturing. The panel includes Tor Harris of Waitrose, Ian Schofield of Iceland, Jim Brisby of Cranswick, Fiona Ball of Sky Ocean Rescue, and Hugo Tagholm of Surfers Against Sewage. (A full list can be found below).

Canary Wharf’s 2017 World Environment Day activity resulted in ‘reducing one use plastic’ being voted as the issue people were most concerned about. This has led to a 12-month reduction estate-wide behavioural change and will include an estate-wide plastics survey to discover how, where and why plastic is being used at Canary Wharf, the results of which will be announced on the Tuesday 5th.June as part of the panel debate.

Steve Greig, Co-Managing Director, Canary Wharf Management says “After the outstanding engagement with the Canary Wharf community at World Environment Day 2017, it is clear that single-use plastic is our biggest concern. We intend for Canary Wharf to become an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful market-based change and lead the way with our micro-city as an example for others. It is our hope that ideas from the panel debate will facilitate a movement that pushes the boundaries of current trends in technology, media and advocacy for the sustainability of our planet.”

The panel is sponsored by Cranswick plc., one of the UK’s largest fresh food producers. Jim Brisby, Group Commercial Director at Cranswick says “I am thrilled that Cranswick and Canary Wharf Group are working together on this collaboration, aligning our shared ambitions for finding solutions for the plastic issue. We are well aware of the challenges faced and I hope the knowledge we have gained will be a useful tool for participants”.

Please visit www.breakingtheplastichabit.co.uk to register your interest in joining the Breaking The Plastic Habit debate on Tuesday 5th June 2018.

ENDS

Representing London, Lugano Kapembwa (Energy & Environment Lead, Canary Wharf Management)
Representing Manufacturing – Jim Brisby (Group Commercial Director, Cranswick)
Representing Campaigners – Fiona Ball (Head of Responsible Business & Sky Ocean Rescue, Sky Group)
Representing Circular Business – Jim Nuttall (Head of Digital Commerce, Pentatonic)
Representing Retailing – Tor Harris (Head of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing, Waitrose) and Ian Schofield (Own Label & Packaging Manager, Iceland)
Representing Consumer Brands – Julian Green (Head of Corporate Practice, Kantar Millward Brown)
Representing Policy – Hugo Tagholm (CEO, Surfers Against Sewage)
Representing Packaging – Lubna Edwards (Sustainability Director, Klöckner Pentaplast)

For further information, please contact:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
E: pressoffice@canarywharf.com

Notes to Editors:

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group has already achieved one of the greatest ever feats of civic engineering, turning a once derelict Docklands into 97 acres of London’s, and the world’s, most sought after office and retail space.

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events performed throughout the estate.

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

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