Canary Wharf to Switch Off for WWF Earth Hour

Canary Wharf has announced its support for WWF Earth Hour, the global ‘call to action’ on environmental sustainability, which sees lights turned off for an hour on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG), the developer and owner of the famous business and shopping district, and many of the world class Canary Wharf-based businesses including Citi, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Northern Trust and Thomson Reuters are among those turning as many lights as possible off during WWF Earth Hour.

A number of lights have to be left on because of safety regulations and people working in offices and shops; however Londoners looking towards Canary Wharf during WWF Earth Hour will see greatly reduced lighting, adding to the iconic buildings around the world taking part.

Peter Kyte, Managing Director of Canary Wharf Management Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CWG, said:

“Canary Wharf has some of the most energy efficient office buildings to be found anywhere; however people don’t always recognise this when they see the lights on in the evenings. By supporting Earth Hour, Canary Wharf Group further emphasises its commitment to reducing environmental impact, and our tenants and occupiers are committed too.”

“It’s not as simple as flicking a switch. We rely on our tenants and occupiers to take part and it takes quite a bit of time and cost to coordinate this. Canary Wharf has many businesses which require lights outside normal working hours, such as media companies, financial services, shops and restaurants. This is a big effort and people will see the difference on the evening.”

Canary Wharf Group plc was named in the Sunday Times 60 Best Green Companies list in 2009. It is the second year in a row that Canary Wharf has supported WWF Earth Hour, which began in Sydney, Australia in 2007.