The Chantry Centre strives for excellence in sustainability and fully understands the importance of reducing its environmental impact on the global and local environment.
Since 2009 the Chantry Centre has successfully entered the Green Apple Awards and is always looking at ways to improve and reduce its impact on the environment. The focus throughout 2017 was to further increase the recycling rate. The achievements are indicated as follows:
- During 2017, 94.69 tonnes of cardboard was recycled which equates to 37.07% of total waste produced for that period.
- Total of 94.69 tonnes of recycled materials diverted from landfill and 160.72 tonnes of landfill diversion from RDF. ZERO LANDFILL WASTE
- Portable waste skips located in each service yard and emptied weekly equated to 234 vehicle movements in 2004. This was reduced to 18 vehicle movements in 2017 following the introduction of waste segregation and a dedicated waste compactor – a massive reduction of 216 collections (108%).
- Financial savings of £21,256.39 in 2017.
- The Chantry Centre also achieves 100% landfill diversion. Waste is collected and transported to a transfer station where it is turned over and any obvious and large recycling materials are removed. The remainder is then ‘bulked’ up and transferred to a Refuse Derived Fuel plant.
The Chantry Centre is fully committed to protecting the environment with particular emphasis on reducing energy consumption In 2013 we embarked on a review of all our energy usage and costs associated with purchasing, repairing and replacing lamps and fittings in comparison to replacing the existing 2D fittings with LED’s throughout the malls in the Centre. In November 2015 the Centre began a full refurbishment/uplift works of all entrances and external façade and was completed in September 2016. The works included installation of modern LED lights, banner lights and replacements of automatic doors. The result of the upgraded works resulted in an increase in energy consumption in 2016 of 8.23%, largely due to the requirement of additional lighting whilst carrying out works out of hours. Centre Management took a full review in January 2017 and decided that we needed to make necessary adjustment to our operating procedures to bring our energy back in line and set a realistic target of reducing our consumption throughout 2017 by 3%.
- During 2017, 144,591 Kwh of energy consumed in comparison to 151,748 kwh in 2016. A decrease of 4.72%. The graph below outlines the comparison from 2016/2017 and clearly identifies a decrease each month after targets were set by Centre Management.
- 43,202 Kwh less energy consumption from 2013 figures, resulting in overall 30% decrease.
- Financial savings of £4019.24 in 2017 (32.07%).
- In addition to reduction to energy usage, there is also the financial savings incurred on man hours in replacing the old lamp fittings, where these were replaced on average every six months. The new fittings have an average life of 9 years. Savings has also been made on disposal of the lamp fittings and the reduction on the carbon footprint in transporting the old lamp fittings by specialist disposal contractors as well as the small financial saving in transport charges.
- As a result of the Centre’s full environmental impact and aspects review, it was decided to make a financial commitment of £59,681.00 to retrofit 336 Galaxy LED fittings throughout the Centre funded from the service charge. These fittings are connected to LUX sensors to ensure the lights only operate when LUX levels drop to the set levels.
- Time clocks fitted to the additional LED lights fitted during the refurbishment/uplift works enabling optimum time settings for winter and summer months.
- A series of programme changes have been implemented to the BMS system controlling the electrical usage throughout the site, with particular attention being paid to the mall lighting to ensure lights is only provided when required. For example, it was identified that during the silent hours when the mall floors were cleaned, all the mall lights were switched on for the 3 hours it took to complete this task. Programme changes on the BMS system were implemented to switch the lights on only in the immediate area where the cleaner was working.
The Centre is proud to have received the following environmental awards throughout the years:
- International CSR Awards for Excellence 2017 – Bronze (Initiatives)
- International CSR Awards for Excellence 2017 – Bronze (Waste Management)
- International CSR Awards for Excellence 2016 – Gold (Waste Management)
- International CSR Aw ards for Excellence 2016 – Bronze (Energy Management)
- International CSR Awards for Excellence 2015 – Gold (Tww1TTER Campaign)
- International CSR Awards for Excellence 2014 – Gold (Innovation – Plight of the Honey Bee)
- International CSR Awards for Excellence 2014 – Gold (Environmental Endeavour – Energy Reduction)
- International CSR Awards for Excellence 2014 – Silver (Initiatives – The Eco Kids Club)
- Green Apple Awards for Built Environment 2017 – Gold (Waste Management)
- Green Apple Award for Best Practise 2017 – Silver (Waste Management)
- International Green Apple Award Bronze 2016 – Waste Management
- International Green Apple Award Gold 2015 – Energy Management
- International Green Apple Award Silver 2014 – Energy Management
- International Green Apple Award Bronze 2014 – Plight of the Honey Bee
- International Green Apple Silver Award for Property and Estate Management 2013
- Investors in Zero Waste 2017 – 4 Stars
- CIWM Sustainability & Resource Awards 2017 – Finalists
- Zero Waste Scheme Silver Award 2016
- Silver Zero Waste Award 2013 – ‘Don’t Throw it Away, It Can Be Used In Some Other Way’
- Silver Zero Waste Award 2013 – ‘It's Easy Being Green - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’
- Silver Zero Waste Award 2012 – ‘Recycling Need Not Cost The Earth’
- 3 x Bronze Green Apple Awards 2011 – South West Region
- Silver Green Apple Award 2010 – South West Region
- Gold Green Apple Award 2009 – South West Region