Canary Wharf Group Urges Businesses to Switch Off Lights

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has written to and met with its tenants and occupiers over the last few weeks to encourage them to switch off all but essential lighting in support of Earth Hour at 8.30pm this Saturday evening.

Earth Hour organisers are hoping that as many as eight billion people worldwide will turn off their lights for an hour, as a gesture towards cutting the use of energy and tackling climate change.

CWG occupies three floors and manages six of the 30 plus office buildings on the Canary Wharf Estate, meaning it has little direct control over the lights being on, but it has encouraged other businesses at Canary Wharf to join in.

Peter Kyte, Managing Director of Canary Wharf Management Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CWG, said “Some lighting is essential, for example many employees of our media, financial services and retail occupiers will be busy working on Saturday night.”

“However we as a company will be switching off all of our non-essential lighting on the few floors we control, and we encourage other companies at Canary Wharf to do the same.”

“Canary Wharf is a very busy place and we can’t ensure a blackout, but we can ask our occupiers to get involved. We’ve been encouraged by the response and hope more companies will participate this year,” he said.

Canary Wharf Group is committed to lowering energy use. Many of the buildings constructed on the Canary Wharf Estate are among the most energy efficient in the world, using technologies such as tri-generation, which reuses energy to cool and heat buildings, ‘smart’ facades, which regulate building temperatures and roofs covered in Segnum moss, which helps to prevent energy loss and encourages biodiversity.

Canary Wharf Group is also an active member of the UK Green Building Council, Green 500 and Clinton Climate Initiative. Canary Wharf Contractors Limited was named one of the Sunday Times Top 50 Green Companies in 2008.