We are committed to continuously improving our centres' environmental performance and minimising our carbon footprint.
Design elements such as brown roofs – featuring bird and bat boxes, and wildflowers – and pocket parks provide ecological and aesthetic benefits to the local area, while our living walls help with air filtration and noise reduction.
Our centres produce a large amount of waste, so we strive to recycle as much as we can, and what we can’t recycle goes to energy recovery. Using low-energy LED lighting throughout our malls, relying on 100% renewable solar and hydro power, and collecting rainwater to use in our bathrooms are just some of the other ways we are trying to minimise our impact on the environment.
We also require our retailers to adhere to environmental guidelines when fitting out and running their stores including using recycled materials, limiting single-use plastics and restricting energy usage outside trading hours.
Smart parking allows us to minimise the amount of paper used by our car parks, which are equipped with ample secure bike storage and free electric car charging points.
And our food digester helps us reduce the amount of food waste at Westfield Stratford City. The digester turns leftover food into an odourless dry material that has a high nutrient value which we use to help maintain the plants and living walls around the centre. In 2021 we recycled more than 150 tonnes of wasted food.
But that's not our only recycling programme - we want to help our customers and retailers recycle their coffee cups to further reduce waste. We collect these used cups, send them to James Cropper, who then upcycle them into high-end stationery and other products.
And our dedication to sustainability has been rewarded with an "Excellent" BREEAM rating due to our efforts to improve, innovate and make effective use of resources.