Two shopping centres become first in UK to achieve net zero carbon status
Quayside MediaCity in Salford and Gloucester Quays have become the first shopping centres in the UK to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon – Operational Energy’, in line with UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.
Both destinations have been added to the growing list of Peel L&P’s buildings which have achieved net zero carbon status following the implementation of net zero carbon initiatives across its estate. These have included upgrading lighting systems across all spaces including public areas, food courts, back office and advertising signage.
Jo Holden, Peel L&P’s sustainability and ESG director said: “This is a huge milestone. To have achieved net zero carbon with two significant retail destinations is a UK first and shows just how serious we are at taking action to reduce carbon emissions across our portfolio.
“Net zero carbon status has really driven our energy team and everyone around the business to seek out ways of using less energy and more renewable sources.
“The impact on our carbon emissions has been far-reaching and the effort of our people shouldn’t be under-estimated. But it is our ambition to build on this and make our properties even more resilient to climate change, which is why we were so proud to have eighteen buildings verified at the end of 2022, including two key retail centres.”
Peel L&P’s work to reduce carbon emissions across its assets forms part of its five-year sustainability plan which supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.