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Progress against our targets

Aligned to the UN’s own targets to support the Sustainable Development Goals, each of our commitments has a set of clear targets focused on the sustainability issues that are most relevant to our business activities.

We report annually on progress against targets and our key achievements. We are also transparent about updates to our targets as a result of changes to our operating environment, for example the COVID pandemic accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy.

“We’re really pleased to share our progress in our second Sustainability Report and are excited about how we can make a greater contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2021 and beyond.”

Jo Holden
Sustainability Director

Select the goal to reveal our targets and progress

SDG 12: Continually improve the sustainability of our existing assets

SDG 12: Continually improve the sustainability of our existing assets

Energy

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

15% reduction in absolute or activity-related energy use or greenhouse gas emissions, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline

Progress:

We have:

Achieved our annual energy reduction milestone of 3% for the past 7 years.

Maintained ISO 50001:2018 certification.

Additional achievements:

We have:

Increased the number of Net Zero Carbon
verified buildings from eleven to sixteen.

Undertaken climate risk assessments
covering 25 of our major assets.

On track

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

We will develop and report progress against a Science-Based Target

Progress:

New target for 2020/21

On track

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

We will assess the Scope 3 (indirect) greenhouse gas emissions for our Net Zero Carbon asset portfolio

Progress:

New target for 2020/21

In progress

Waste

UN SDG target 12-5:

Substantially reduce waste generation

Our target:

Zero waste to landfill from Peel L&P sites

Progress:

We have:

Sent zero waste to landfill for 3 years in a row.

On track

UN SDG target 12-5:

Substantially reduce waste generation

Our target:

20% increase in recycled waste, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline

Progress:

We have:

Increased the recycling rate across Peel L&P by 2.3% during 2020/21, which is an increase of 1.38% (like for like).

In progress

Water

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

20% reduction in absolute or activity-related water use, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline

Progress:

We have:

Started the process of collecting consistent performance data and will report progress next year

Installed additional water meters and reduced our water consumption by 25% made up of MediaCity, Gloucester Quays and Quayside.

On track

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Provide public access to free drinking water at all developments

Progress:

We are:

Assessing the implications of installing public drinking water stations at all sites

In progress

Procurement

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

All suppliers to meet Peel L&P’s minimum sustainability requirements

Progress:

We have:

Initiated an assessment of our top 20% of suppliers by spend.

Formed a Peel L&P Procurement Working Group and aim to commence a review of all our supply chain processes, documents and supplier relationships in 2021/22, to embed sustainability requirements.

In progress

UN SDG target 12-5:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Identify unnecessary single-use plastics across our portfolio and replace with more sustainable alternatives

Progress:

We have:

Continued the assessment of single-use plastic products across our portfolio.

Worked with our Creative team to develop a ‘Commitment to use of Sustainable Materials’ for use by the whole Marketing Department.

In progress

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Increase the number of electric vehicles in the Peel L&P fleet year on year

Progress:

We have:

Increased the number of fully electric vehicles in the fleet from 14 to 26. The number of hybrid vehicles has decreased from 57 to 35.

On track

Sustainability reporting

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

Produce a five year sustainability report

Progress:

We have: 

Expanded our sustainability metrics and developed
a full set of ESG indicators to be used in 2021/22.

On track

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

Conduct an annual Sustainability Survey: seek employee opinion on our office sustainability and ways to continually improve

Progress:

We have:

Completed an annual sustainability survey in January for the fifth year in a row.

On track

SDG 12: Continually improve the sustainability of our existing assets

Energy

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

15% reduction in absolute or activity-related energy use or greenhouse gas emissions, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline

Progress:

We have:

Achieved our annual energy reduction milestone of 3% for the past 7 years.

Maintained ISO 50001:2018 certification.

Additional achievements:

We have:

Increased the number of Net Zero Carbon
verified buildings from eleven to sixteen.

Undertaken climate risk assessments
covering 25 of our major assets.

On track

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

We will develop and report progress against a Science-Based Target

Progress:

New target for 2020/21

On track

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

We will assess the Scope 3 (indirect) greenhouse gas emissions for our Net Zero Carbon asset portfolio

Progress:

New target for 2020/21

In progress

Waste

UN SDG target 12-5:

Substantially reduce waste generation

Our target:

Zero waste to landfill from Peel L&P sites

Progress:

We have:

Sent zero waste to landfill for 3 years in a row.

On track

UN SDG target 12-5:

Substantially reduce waste generation

Our target:

20% increase in recycled waste, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline

Progress:

We have:

Increased the recycling rate across Peel L&P by 2.3% during 2020/21, which is an increase of 1.38% (like for like).

In progress

Water

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

20% reduction in absolute or activity-related water use, cumulatively from a 2018 baseline

Progress:

We have:

Started the process of collecting consistent performance data and will report progress next year

Installed additional water meters and reduced our water consumption by 25% made up of MediaCity, Gloucester Quays and Quayside.

On track

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Provide public access to free drinking water at all developments

Progress:

We are:

Assessing the implications of installing public drinking water stations at all sites

In progress

Procurement

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

All suppliers to meet Peel L&P’s minimum sustainability requirements

Progress:

We have:

Initiated an assessment of our top 20% of suppliers by spend.

Formed a Peel L&P Procurement Working Group and aim to commence a review of all our supply chain processes, documents and supplier relationships in 2021/22, to embed sustainability requirements.

In progress

UN SDG target 12-5:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Identify unnecessary single-use plastics across our portfolio and replace with more sustainable alternatives

Progress:

We have:

Continued the assessment of single-use plastic products across our portfolio.

Worked with our Creative team to develop a ‘Commitment to use of Sustainable Materials’ for use by the whole Marketing Department.

In progress

UN SDG target 12-2:

Sustainable management and use of natural resources

Our target:

Increase the number of electric vehicles in the Peel L&P fleet year on year

Progress:

We have:

Increased the number of fully electric vehicles in the fleet from 14 to 26. The number of hybrid vehicles has decreased from 57 to 35.

On track

Sustainability reporting

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

Produce a five year sustainability report

Progress:

We have: 

Expanded our sustainability metrics and developed
a full set of ESG indicators to be used in 2021/22.

On track

UN SDG target 12-6:

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Our target:

Conduct an annual Sustainability Survey: seek employee opinion on our office sustainability and ways to continually improve

Progress:

We have:

Completed an annual sustainability survey in January for the fifth year in a row.

On track

SDG 11: Support the development of sustainable low-carbon communities, transport, energy and infrastructure

Buildings

UN SDG target 11-3:

Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation

Our target:

All our new commercial buildings will be BREEAM ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ where relevant

Progress:

We have:

Added two new BREEAM ‘Very Good’ retail units at MediaCity

In progress

UN SDG target 11-3:

Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation

Our target:

Report progress towards creating 150 acres of public realm at our Strategic Waters sites

Progress:

We have:

Measured the total amount of public realm created by each Peel Waters development. This year we delivered an extra 3.86 acres, bringing our total to 26.23 acres.

In progress

UN SDG target 11-3:

Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation

Our target:

We will undertake carbon appraisals to quantify the embodied carbon in different assets and to understand how this can be reduced

Progress:

* New target for 2020/21. We have started to put processes in place to ensure carbon appraisals are undertaken.

In progress

SDG 8: Create new training, employment and local business opportunities through our regeneration activities

Jobs & Skills

UN SDG target 8-6:

Promote youth employment, education and training

Our target:

We will help 200 people to get into work by facilitating apprenticeship opportunities across all appropriate development projects

Progress:

We have:

Hosted four new apprentices.

Our construction projects hosted 10 new apprentices and 10 new work placements.

Five people undertook an apprenticeship with Peel L&P during 2020/21, this is an increase of 4 on last year.

In progress

UN SDG target 8-6:

New target for 2020/21: Promote youth employment, education and training

Our target:

We will develop a Social Value Framework that is applicable to the majority of Peel L&P projects

Progress:

We:

Developed a Social Value Framework and trained our people in its use.

UN SDG target 8-6:

Promote youth employment, education and training

Our target:

Projects to demonstrate an uplift against Peel L&P’s Social Value Framework 5 core priorities by 31st March 2026

Progress:

We have successfully created a Social Value Framework and now need to measure our effectiveness in using this tool to increase the social value provided to communities through our projects

Sustainable Tourism

UN SDG target 8-9:

Promote beneficial and sustainable tourism

Our target:

We will encourage 80 million visitors to our sites, to support the local economy

Progress:

We have:

Continued to review sustainable travel resources on our websites and information is due to be updated in 2021/22.

In progress

SDG 15: Help communities to connect with nature

Biodiversity

UN SDG target 15-9:

Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity in governmental planning

Our target:

Revised target: Adopt natural capital accounting to quantify and understand the deficit and surplus of ecosystem services across Peel L&P landholdings and assist in our land-use decision-making processes

Progress:

We have:

Embedded biodiversity net gain into the Peel L&P masterplanning process, with every site now voluntarily undertaking an assessment.

Embedded natural capital net gain into the Peel L&P masterplanning process. 26 sites have natural capital assessments underway.

Participated in Defra’s Biodiversity Credits Scheme Pilot, to understand the potential for habitat banking at Chat Moss in Greater Manchester.

Continued to work with local partners to create a management plan for a potential habitat bank in Salford.

Additional Achievements

We have:

Worked with Liverpool City Region, Cheshire & Warrington and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority to map their natural capital baselines.

Completed a natural capital assessment for Chat
Moss and shared the report with local stakeholders.

In progress

UN SDG target 15-9:

Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity in governmental planning

Our target:

Northstone, our homebuilding division, will report annually against its Connecting Communities with Nature commitment

Progress:

New target for 2020/21

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate Action

UN SDG 13.1

Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related disasters

Our target:

Demonstrate how we have contributed to climate change mitigation through the implementation of a Climate Action Plan

Progress:

New target for 2021

UN SDG 13.3

Build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change

Our target:

All Peel L&P colleagues to be Carbon Literate

Progress:

New target for 2021