We have already taken a number of steps to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and we’re raring to do more.
In an effort to drive down our emissions even further, we are looking to expand our investment in green energy solutions, such as solar panels, implementing them on the remaining properties in our portfolio.
All our centres now have LED lighting. LED lighting emits high quality light and it’s one of the most energy-efficient technologies around.LEDs are designed to last up to 20 times longer than traditional light bulbs, such as incandescent and halogen bulbs. That’s because they’re up to 80% more energy efficient. To put it into context, fluorescent lights, which are often used in offices, convert 95% of the energy they create into heat. (Just 5% produces light.) LED lights do the opposite, converting 95% of energy into light and 5% into heat. In other words, LEDs require less power than traditional forms of lighting. The fluorescent tube lighting used in offices also contains toxic chemicals and elements, like mercury. When the disused lights get thrown into landfill, their toxins can contaminate the environment, which is why they need to be disposed of differently.
LED lights don’t contain any toxic materials, making them less harmful to the environment and easier to dispose of.
For most commercial properties like office buildings, electricity accounts for at least half of the owner or landlords’ carbon emissions.We’re proud to say we’re REGO-guaranteed — all our energy comes from renewable sources. REGO stands for the Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin Scheme.
The scheme is designed to provide transparency to customers about how much electricity comes from renewable sources.
Many of our centres already have solar panels and almost all will throughout 2022Solar energy is incredibly environmentally friendly — it doesn’t release any greenhouse gases. The only resource it needs to function is a clean source of water. Solar energy captures the sun’s energy and turns it into electricity to power buildings. When sunlight hits a solar panel, PV cells inside the panel absorb it. Electrical charges are created and these react to an electrical field inside the cell that makes electricity flow.
Since we commissioned our existing solar panels in 2014, we’ve already significantly reduced our carbon footprint.
Since we commissioned our existing solar panels in 2014, we’ve already significantly reduced our carbon footprint & generated an incredible 5,817,022 KWH of energy!
This amount of energy is equivalent to:
♻️ Boiling 53,367,174 kettles
♻️ Planting 12,687 trees
♻️ Powering 3,173 electric cars
♻️ Powering 1,519 UK households for a year
We can’t wait to share the next steps of our journey with you, and look forward to supporting all our occupiers, partners, and suppliers to become net-zero businesses!