At St Catherines’ Walk Shopping Centre we recognise that we have a responsibility to reduce the impact of our operation on the environment wherever possible. Sustainability and reducing environmental impact are central to our business strategy alongside making a difference within our local community.
We are committed to:
- Complying with all relevant environmental legislation and regulations.
- Encouraging environmentally responsible behaviour throughout our workforce.
- Improving the awareness and understanding of environmental issues amongst contractors, tenants, and visitors.
- Continually improve by putting sustainability at the centre of operational decision making; incorporating small and large changes to centre operations and processes which have a positive environmental impact.
- Preventing pollution wherever possible and practicable by developing non-polluting practices
- Sourcing electricity for the Centre’s common areas that originates from 100% renewable sources.
- Communicating ways in which the local community can engage and contribute to centre sustainability initiatives.
- Setting goals and targets to continually improving our environmental performance.
Our Environmental Goals
- Reduce our carbon footprint.
- Improve energy efficiency within all common parts of the centre.
- Promote the reduction, re-use and recycling of our waste and focus on waste minimisation.
- Ensuring safe and efficient storage and disposal of all waste.
- Educate all stakeholders.
St Catherine’s Walk Shopping Centre is proud that it has already achieved improvements in the following areas:
All metal halide lamps on the service roads, service yards and the mall areas were replaced with new LED lamps. In addition, energy efficient LED lighting was also fitted in the Centre Management offices, rest rooms, toilets, and back of house corridors, all controlled by PIR sensors. Savings were immediately realised on energy use and the costly component replacements. This was due to the LED lamps being on for shorter times and off completely when the rooms are unoccupied. The overall energy consumption was reduced by 40% and this saving is ongoing.
The waste generated on site on site is the responsibility of each individual tenant. However, all rubbish generated in the communal areas is managed by an appointed waste management contractor who is ISO 14001 compliant. The waste is separated on site prior to collection, then processed on the contractor’s site.
St Catherine’s Walk is also working in collaboration with the Town Council and has had electric bike charging stations fitted in the thoroughfare, at no cost to the Centre. This is aimed at encouraging shop staff and shoppers to use pedal power when coming to the Centre.
The Centre Management also works collaboratively with tenants, local organisations, and community groups, to improve overall awareness and support them with their own environmental initiatives. This agenda is ongoing, and the Centre Management is committed to reviewing its own operational procedures to see how it can further reduce its environmental impact on the local and wider areas, and to ensure it is meeting best practice guidelines.