Jo Holden, Peel L&P’s Sustainability Manager gives a round-up on the positive impact our business is having on the environment, within the communities we create and work in as well as how we support the local economy.
Jo said: “Our progress on sustainability has been going from strength to strength over the last year and we now have mechanisms in place to measure our performance annually.”
Natural capital net gain
Over the last 12 months, Peel L&P has been looking at how developers could put more back into the environment than they take out when creating sustainable destinations. We call this a “natural capital net gain” for the environment and local communities.
Representatives from Peel L&P met with the Director of Environment for DEFRA, Andrea Ledward, and Director of Planning for the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Simon Gallagher, to show how net gain could work in practice for the development sector. We commissioned a report called “Understanding Natural Capital in Practice” which has been well-received nationally by all involved and we are working closely with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other local stakeholders to understand how net gain can be delivered as part of new developments across the region.
Cleaner, greener buildings
Peel L&P has successfully recertified to the ISO 50001 energy management standard this year, a major achievement which puts us streets ahead of our local competitors. We have hit our target of reducing energy consumption by 3% a year (cumulatively, based on a 2013/14 baseline) four years in a row which is worth over £1.5 million on a £4 million annual energy bill, and eliminates over 8,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year. This demonstrates that Manchester businesses can take a lead on this agenda when, at a national level, emissions from commercial buildings have remained constant or, in recent years, risen.
Commenting on progress, Jo Holden said: “There have been so many good news stories this year, from Peel joining the UK Green Building Council to EventCity embarking on its journey to become the only internationally certified sustainable venue in the North West. I am also proud of the way Peel Environmental has consulted with Irlam residents to understand the local community’s aspirations for the Ferry Road greenspace, as this is something we need to do more of in the future.”
Measuring our Corporate Social Responsibility
We took a look at how Peel L&P has invested in local communities, our own people and the environment in the 2017/18 financial year and these are some of the things we found:
80% of Peel L&P employees live 20 miles or less from their workplace
25 new jobs were created at Peel L&P
1596 hours of training were given to Peel L&P employees
111 Peel L&P employees chose to participate in a free health assessment
Over £116 million was spent with Greater Manchester companies
Over £10 million was spent with Merseyside companies
We generated over 137,000 MWh of renewable energy
We have achieved our 3% energy reduction target 4 years in a row (cumulative 3% per annum target against a 2013-2014 baseline)
We’ve reduced water usage by over 7% across selected sites
1228 hours volunteered by Peel L&P and partners together
Over £690,000 of cash donated
Almost £250,000 of in-kind donations